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Of what value is Buchanan?

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: In response to your editorial of Friday, September 5, 2014 titled 'Shuffle now, PM', I share the following comments.

First, you should do a more substantive overview of the concept, 'a rolling stone gathers no moss'. For since this administration has come in, Luther Buchanan has rolled from Office of the Prime Minister, to Ministry of Transport, to Ministry of Health and now, based on comments rife across the place, is headed to the Ministry of Agriculture.

It seems the PM is trying her best to get him as far from her office as possible. One can hardly blame her, for what has he achieved in any of his lofty portfolios more than playing to the 'peanut gallery' with his bombast and brio during sittings of Parliament.

And further, what value do the members of the back benches bring? For your own editorial could only identify Julian Robinson and Fitz Jackson as worthy of promotion. There are MPs Mikael Phillips, Raymond Pryce and Dayton Campbell, for example. Have they no potential?

There are also state ministers Arnaldo Brown, Damion Crawford, Colin Fagan and Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams. Have they no worth?

Finally, apart from their gender and the look of inclusiveness they provide, have ministers Hanna, Neita-Headley and Falconer performed up to expectation? Or, for that matter, Noel Arscott, whose ministry fails at the simplest yet most important aspect of its responsibility - to collect garbage and in so doing enhance public health by ridding us of mosquito-breeding sites and rats (and other infestation).

While I doubt it, I hope the PM heeds your unsolicited advice.