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Partisan politics killing Jamaica

Published:Saturday | May 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Every new administration reserves the right to replace diplomats for the following reasons: poor health, unsatisfactory performance, or the end of their contract.

In a country like Jamaica, there is a dearth of qualified individuals in all segments of administration. Careful consideration should be given before replacing a competent performer.

It is hogwash to assume a competent performer cannot think ouside the box and can only support the party line. This puerile behaviour is common to both parties, and it is a practice that must be discouraged. The good of Jamaica should at all times supersede party consideration.

Unfortunately, we now find ministers advising private firms who have major contracts with the Government that they 'can't work with a particular individual', as well as unspoken reasons, such as that individual being perceived to support a different party. Here again we run the risk of losing efficient performers, who may be replaced by political dingbats.

One also hears of government boards that have qualified specialists, for example, engineers, who are being replaced by preachers and restaurant owners who know nothing about construction - all in the name of politics.

Jamaica is now celebrating its 50th year of Independence. It is high time our politicians show some level of maturity and rise above petty victimisation and vindictiveness.

JOHN SAUNDERS

Spanish Town PO, St Catherine