PM may come out scathed

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Though for different reasons, those of us in civil society organisations have so far said little publicly on two important current issues:

• the Minister Andrew Wheatley brouhaha

• the media briefings after Cabinet meetings

With the first, we tend to steer clear of the party politics, and with the second, we judge the media to be strong enough to carry on by themselves.

But our media are so crucial for civil society matters I cannot resist giving them my little iota of support. Their character as probably the most progressive in the world make them especially precious.

It is really time this Government opened up to the quizzing of our journalists. Its own point of view would, in fact, be sharpened and so benefit all of us.

The farce of Dr Andrew Wheatley trying to defend the indefensible has gone on long enough. With Prime Minister Andrew Holness apparently losing the support of some of even his own party leaders, his persistence in keeping this man in the Cabinet is raising 'political' questions that will become increasingly uncomfortable for him — as well as tarnishing a record of some other wholesome decisions.

The thread of an authoritarian approach to government that is showing up in both these two and other issues is very troubling. It could be useful for Holness to do a little introspection in this regard; and extend it to consider the negative prospects of partisan politics. Not one shred of prime ministerial greatness has resulted from it in Jamaica's history — quite the contrary.

Horace Levy

halpeace.levy78@gmail.com

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