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A crisis of leadership

Published:Saturday | March 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

How did Jamaica find itself in its present predicament? The simple answer would be: a crisis of leadership.

The lack of good judgement on the part of the current prime minister is a reflection of Jamaica's lack of good judgement, and his intransigence represents Jamaica's intransigence. Yes, the Dudus crisis for me is the straw that broke the camel's back.

The extradition treaty that Jamaica signed is an inconvenient necessity, but it nonetheless represents Jamaica's commitment to international norms.

Let's not forget either that under the leadership of the previous prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, the People's National Party accepted money in questionable circumstances from Trafigura, and there were the pictures of Dr Omar Davies and Dr Peter Phillips attending the funeral of reputed don.

And what of P.J. Patterson? What a wonderful condition he left this country in! Are these leaders reflecting the true values of Jamaica and the Jamaican people? The people of Jamaica deserves better and, as such, it's about time that the voters of Jamaica demand accountability from our leaders.

We are not all crooks, beggars nor degenerates. Most of us are smart, honest, hard-working people who conduct our daily lives in a decent manner. We are God-fearing people who know right from wrong. Why do we then elect people to representative office who are so ethically challenged?

I am, etc.,