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No need for PM to comment!

Monday, September 17, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

I am listening with much amusement to the many calls for Mrs Simpson Miller to add her voice to issues of national importance, including the perceived lengthy delay in the signing of an IMF agreement and the less than average results in the recent CSEC exams, among other matters.

I challenge the brightest and smartest among us to explain why the prime minister needs to comment after her portfolio ministers have spoken and are addressing the issues. How contrasting will the reactions of those making the calls be, should the PM further belabour statements and updates already given to the public? Frankly speaking, if Mrs Simpson Miller is required to echo the statements made by her line ministers, then their positions should be made redundant.

I challenge the brightest and smartest among us to explain why the prime minister needs to comment after her portfolio ministers have spoken and are addressing the issues. How contrasting will the reactions of those making the calls be, should the PM further belabour statements and updates already given to the public? Frankly speaking, if Mrs Simpson Miller is required to echo the statements made by her line ministers, then their positions should be made redundant.

Our culture has become such that we expect flamboyant speeches from our leaders rather than actual performance. I am not necessarily a PNP supporter, but let's be honest: Mrs Simpson Miller may not have the gift of the gab but she is a performer, a worker - call it what you will - and has a marvellous track record that upholds this bold declaration. Like any large business, the CEO does not get involved in the day-to-day running of the finance department, which of course has a head. From a business practice perspective, if the CEO needs to step in each time there is an operational breach which the finance manager has already taken steps to plug, then that manager is not needed.

Likewise, the PM, while being briefed on the said issues, is not compelled to address matters that are already being dealt with by her ministers. I most certainly am not concerned about her silence. She does what several ministers in her administration fail to do - less talking and more work. At the end of the day what is any government judged on anyway, words or performance?

D McGibbon

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