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Lord Bishop needs lesson in Independence

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

'Don't discredit the monarch' blares The Gleaner (Monday, June 11, 2012) of the Lord Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Howard Gregory.

He said, among other things, "We run the real risk of discrediting the monarchical system of government which has brought us thus far. While we do so in a political culture which is increasingly cynical and despairing of political leadership and governance, we need to be extremely careful that we do not invalidate the system which has brought us thus far with such negativity, if not impoliteness and ungraciousness."

Free from imperialism

Can anybody understand the Lord Bishop, who does not seem to understand what independence from imperialism means, and that it has nothing to do with the graciousness of the Queen? Did Gregory's foreparents experience the worst form of slavery under imperial Britain?

The imperial Britain, under Henry VIII, murdered Cardinal Wolsley because Wolsley could not, for political reasons, secure a divorce to satisfy Henry's lust, sent him to the gallows, and on his way to the gallows, said, "Had I served my God as I served my King, he would not have given me up in my grey years."

Does the Lord Bishop know that he represents the perpetuation of British hegemony and that hundreds of years ago a man of his colour could not be a member of the Anglican Church, being considered a slave?

Mr Gregory is no Lord Bishop for black people, and certainly not for me. Most Jamaicans cannot even get a visa to go to London after having helped in reconstructing England after the Great Wars.

OWEN S. CROSBIE

oss@cwjamaica.com

Mandeville, Manchester