Opposition not paragons of virtue

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The recent call by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) Phillip Paulwell for the firing of Carolyn Warren, head of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL), has raised the ire of well-thinking Jamaicans. It is my belief that this call is purely a political tactic which has gone too far and is way off mark.

Warren has since spoken to the allegations and has brought well-needed clarity to the discussion. She admits to have been convicted on a drug-related incident in 1993, 25 years ago, and was given a suspended sentence. This means she was not sentenced to serve any time and would not do so unless she was brought before the courts again during a specified time period.

Paulwell, who is backed solidly by the PNP, insists that his reason for highlighting Warren's past conviction was to show the lack of oversight being provided to the agencies which fall under the energy ministry and its former minister, Andrew Wheatley, whom he believes should be fired for not performing his duties.

Once again we are seeing the Opposition coming forth as paragons of virtue while simultaneously displaying the behaviour of power-hungry political hacks.

The issue is not about morality and accountability, as he would like us to believe; the sole intent is gaining political points. Had the Opposition had any moral decency or meant well it would not have dragged Warren's name through the mud.

It is also completely hypocritical of the Opposition party and its members to lobby so boldly for the sacking of a government minister when it, during its tenure as Government, has had over 30 corruption scandals within ministries and involving a number of different government agencies. It had no 'moral decency' to fire any of its ministers, let alone carry out any form of investigation.

Paulwell himself has racked up quite a record.

Warren has paid for her transgressions and Minister Andrew Wheatley to date has not been charged with no crime.

TC

saskia232@gmail.com

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