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Stop the Ellington witch-hunt

Published:Wednesday | July 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Commissioner Owen Elling-ton gets up one day and for reasons known only to him and maybe the government he tenders his resignation. Does he and the Government owe Jamaica an obligation to state the true reasons why he is resigning? Isn't he and/or the Govern-ment not entitled to state whatever they jointly agree to as the reason?

Why should Commissioner Ellington, supported by his lawyer, make a statement that he is uncomfortable with? What proof is there even that he is uncomfortable with the reasons that both he and the Government have proffered?

How in the circumstances can it reasonably be argued that the Government is contemptuous of Jamaican citizens even if the reason stated does not comport with my idea or someone else's idea of the truth? Indeed, the commissioner can resign without even revealing to the Government his reason.

There is no law or protocol that demands that he need even state a reason. The man is entitled to tell the Government if he so wishes that he is resigning for private reasons. In that process, the Government may, out of an abundance of sensitivity, accede to forming a pact with the commissioner in deciding what statement would be fed to the public.

The fact that a witch-hunt is being advanced by opinion leaders in society makes this a worrisome trend.


Greater Portmore,

St Catherine