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Class war at play in Tivoli enquiry

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The chairman of the Tivoli Gardens commission of enquiry, Sir David Simmons, has, thus far, been fair and balanced. The lawyers present, in defending their respective clients, will do everything in their power to 'suggest' that a witness is being untruthful, once he/she says something, anything, which reflects poorly on their respective clients.

At the enquiry, there is an overt uptown-versus-downtown dynamic at play. Well-groomed, well-educated and very articulate attorneys in their expensive suits are questioning persons who did not receive a university education, who do not speak the Queen's English, and who struggle each day to make ends meet.

As a result, disadvantage will be taken of the latter, as happens in every sector of Jamaican society - between the haves and the have-nots. Interestingly, many soldiers and policemen are from communities like Tivoli Gardens, yet they oftentimes take advantage of poor, black, struggling citizens of Jamaica or, as some would describe the latter, 'the inarticulate majority'.