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Make Tufton agriculture minister through Senate

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I am aware that the People's National Party (PNP) annual conference is coming up shortly. It struck me that if you are going to shuffle cards, you must shuffle those that are meaningful. In anticipating a return of the PNP, it offers a wonderful occasion to make some critical and meaningful action that has to be taken. And who better to do this than our prime minister?

The whole country is aware of an unnecessarily overloaded Cabinet. And the feeling is that a Cabinet of 13 people maximum is what is required, and can be afforded. It is essential now for the country to be able to think nationally and not just along party lines. After all, we are all Jamaicans.

It is time to put some meaningful cards on the table. So shuffling, in the future, will be meaningful. I know that in both parties, there is a corps of politicians that make a great contribution.

As a first step towards meaningful change, I would suggest, after the sad passing of our good friend, 'Red Bull' Clarke, a critical gap in agriculture has been created. I suggest that Portia consider appointing, through the Senate, Christopher Tufton, who has the various qualifications necessary and the determination and ability to make it work.

I admit that I am not aware of any other politician, PNP or JLP, that has the necessary background. And I also admit that I am not aware that Chris Tufton would be prepared to undertake this kind of responsibility.

This is a moment in time, and one must grab difficult opportunities when one can.


Life Member of PNP