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Holness secrecy plot abominable

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:06 AM


The recent retrograde attempt by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his Cabinet to spit in the face of openness in a purported democracy is laughable but dangerous.

Based on recent experiences with this Government and its slow pace in completing the reports on the Petrojam scandal, this attempt is not surprising, but barefaced.

Therefore, it puts credulity at great risk to believe that a simple request, as indicated by their spokespersons, triggered such a response. Why use a sledgehammer to swat a fly?

Scandals unresolved

Could it be that because of the current unresolved scandals, Mr Holness, being clever, quickly grasped the first scapegoat opportunity to encase Cabinet discussions in a pirate’s chest to be buried for 70 years?

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the United Nations, in an attempt to deal with public-sector corruption, has made a deliberate attempt to encourage an Open Government framework to realise its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In light of this recent attempt by Prime Minister Holness, one has to wonder if Jamaica is a signatory to this SDG plan and intends to honour its commitment.