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Let the people decide if Seaga should be a national hero

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:31 AM


The question of whether the late Most Hon Edward Seaga should, posthumously, be made a national hero, or not, ought to be put to a referendum.

Such a question should never be political and/or politicised, nor should it be polarising, because Eddie Seaga’s patriotism to and love for Jamaica was unquestionable. The enormous sacrifices he made for the Jamaican people and, in particular, for his family of West Kingstonians, are unchallengeable, and the critical role he played in Jamaica’s national life – from his transforming ‘Back o’ Wall’ into Tivoli Gardens, to his rebuilding Jamaica after she was on the verge of collapse in the ‘70s, to his establishing some of Jamaica’s best and most important national institutions – have endeared ‘Papa Eddie’ to many, and even some of his greatest critics respect and admire him.

Let a referendum decide and/or declare, once and for all, whether Jamaica’s fifth prime minister is deserving of this honour.