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Leave Throne Speech alone

Published:Friday | April 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I write against the backdrop of a report that North East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce has put forward a motion that the title 'Throne Speech' be dropped as the official speech that the governor general gives to Parliament at the annual state opening in favour of something more republican. He proposes 'The People's Speech'.

As an ordinary Jamaican citizen, I must question whether these politicians really have our best interests at heart. If so, why not pay more attention to the more pressing issues concerning the country instead of wasting time to consider this motion?

What I find even more disturbing is that this motion comes within the framework of the prime minister's declaration to transform Jamaica into a republic. The people should decide in a referendum whether this change should be sanctioned.

If or when a referendum is called, should it so happen that the people choose a republic (which I doubt), then maybe Parliament can start discussing plans for an alternative name to the Throne Speech.

Leave it alone and get on to the real issues instead of trying to attract public attention with this empty pro-republican rhetoric.