Flashes of brilliance from our lawmakers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

Not so long ago, the Jamaican people learned about the existence of a set of signed and undated resignation letters. These letters were in the possession of no less a person than the leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness. The signees were senators from his camp.

Based on recent pronouncements by Government Senator Lambert Brown, it would appear that the "brilliance" displayed by the JLP senators transcends political parties. Senator Brown is reported to have made a call for the name of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to be changed, replacing the word force with the word service. I have one question for him. Did changing the name of Jamaican secondary schools to high school have any significant positive effect on the academic performance of these schools?

Had Senator Brown used the opportunity to call for a cessation of what appears to be an increase in extrajudicial killings by the police, his time, and by extension taxpayers' money, would have been better spent.

I recall, too, a call from Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce for the name of the Throne Speech to be changed to the People's Speech. If we were to take the suggestions of Messrs Brown and Pryce seriously — and while at it I guess we could also change the name of Jamaica to Singapore 2 — sit back and watch Jamaica's economy take off. Brilliant gentlemen!!!

Robert Mitchell

Christiana PO

Manchester

mitcib@yahoo.ca

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