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It's called democracy

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I have read and sometimes enjoyed the views put forward by your columnist, Mr Gordon Robinson. However, in his column on Tuesday, March 22, I am bewildered by his logic (or lack thereof).

Based on Mr Gordon's (il)logic, the PNP should rid itself of all the former ministers of government because the voters "rejected the PNP, its leader and key officers". He prefaces this statement with the following gem, "The JLP does occupy one sliver of moral high ground vis-a-vis the PNP. It's elected." His argument seems to be that once the electorate does not re-elect persons to office, those persons should retire from the political process. This argument is puerile and spurious, to say the least.

Is Mr Robinson also suggesting that the current ministers of government who were on the JLP ticket in 1989, 1993, 1997, and 2002 should have left the political process when their party lost? Assuming that this is what he is suggesting (since he didn't say it), how then can he say that the JLP occupies "a sliver of moral high ground"? Or, in Mr Robinson's political world are we to resort to the Animal Farm philosophy of some animals being more equal than others?

For the record, readers should remember that Bruce Golding, Ken Baugh, Ed Bartlett, Mike Henry, Karl Samuda, Horace Chang, Dorothy Lightbourne, Delroy Chuck, Derrick Smith, Everald Warmington, Olivia Grange, Shahine Robinson and Ernie Smith all faced the electorate as members of losing JLP slates. Indeed, Prime Minister Bruce Golding faced the electorate on the NDM team and lost as well. He did not even win the seat he contested.

will of the people

On the other hand, all of the members of the PNP sitting in the House have been elected by their constituencies. And that, in my opinion, also represents the will of the people.

Under the Westminster system of government, it is normal for the losers in an election to put themselves forward to represent the people again. It is part of a process called democracy. Winston Churchill, whose fame and reputation is internationally known, lost the 1945 elections after his sterling leadership of Britain during World War II. He was returned as prime minister in 1951. Are we to assume that Mr Robinson is suggesting that Churchill should have resigned? Here at home, Norman Manley and Alexander Bustamante ran and lost elections? Should they have resigned? What history would we have written then?

I think, though, that Mr Robinson reveals his true colours (pun intended) with the following statement: "Until the PNP gives us this respect, I hope the voters keep the evil they elected." Apparently, only the prescription which Mr Gordon dispenses is good enough for the rest of us, even if it happens to be "evil".

I am, etc.,

GARFIELD HARVEY

garfield.w.harvey@gmail.com

Spanish Town

Father's dying wish

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am trying to find my family in Jamaica. My father is Clinton Bancroft Bailey. He is 75 and now lives in Sheffield, England, to which he migrated around 1961. My father is from a small village called Bell Hill in St Mary.

When my father came to England, he left behind two older sisters called Enid Barnett (Barnett being her married name) and Ruby Bailey (Ruby could be married now and hold a different surname). They should be between 77 and 83 years old. He also left his first son, Horley Decarle Bailey, who was born on August 23, 1960. Horley lived and was brought up by my father's parents, Ida and Philip Bailey (now deceased), in Bell Hill.

My father's eldest sister, Enid Barnett, has a son called Lloyd Green, aged 50-55, who was also brought up by Ida and Philip. Enid left Lloyd with her parents and moved to Lucky Hill, also in St Mary, to stay with her aunt. My father's other sister, Ruby, moved to Barbican in Kingston.

It's been approximately 45 years since my father had any contact with his family in Jamaica. Time is not on his side, and he really wants to see them before he dies.

I am, etc.,

BRENDAN BAILEY

benzieb@hotmail.co.uk