Six for a nine

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Members of the Andrew Holness-led Administration have become masters of public relations and have managed to sell us a six for a nine.

The most egregious display of this deception is the law reform Act or zones of special operations Act. It can only be described as the work of a college freshman's copying and pasting the night before an assignment is due. The contents are no different from the Constabulary Force Act and the 'anti-gang' legislation of 2014. It offers no new solution or strategy.

What other tricks do they have up their sleeves?

There is the shoddy work coming out from drafters for the national identification and registration Bill, which gives the prime minister the power to amend laws that relate to the execution of the Act without going through Parliament. The Bill also proposes heavy fines and prison terms for failure to update the authority of any changes in employment status, addresses frequented, or aliases can result in a fine. These are just some of the draconian measures that exist in the Bill.

There will be no chance for public consultation on this legislation, which will impact on your constitutional rights to privacy, because the Government has decided not to send the Bill to a joint select committee for review. We should watch carefully the actions of the sweet-mouth politicians.

Kevonne Martin

kevonnejmartin@hotmail.com

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