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Flag issue shows political immaturity

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM


If we think that the ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of the mayor of Montego Bay and the missing green in the Jamaican flag is a simple issue, then we are all missing the point as to how we relate to each other. In politics and everyday living, we don't just have opposition, we have opponents. We don't only win, we vanquish those who oppose us. When we are victorious, we change the beds, bedlinen, ministerial letterheads, persons good and bad lose their jobs, and we deal with power resolutely.

Tossing baby and bathwater

Those who are losers no longer have any ideas or significant contribution to make. We appoint our friends to positions, regardless of education or qualification. To the victors go the spoils. We cannot contemplate having an ambassador or board chairman from the opposition or civil society. It is us against them. No one is neutral.

Now our national emblems are being brought into the action. The recent antagonistic behaviour towards the former mayor of Portmore, the boycotting by Jamaica Labour Party councillors, the utterings from Westmoreland that 'we don't wish to see green anywhere', and finally, the absence of green in the flag at a mayoral ceremony are all par for the course. We don't cooperate. We believe that half the people or less can govern this country and do so successfully without criticism or disagreements. We have to stop this madness once and for all. The world won't wait on us.

Mark Clarke