Do better, MP Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I am disgusted to my core that Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, a Member of Parliament, would be so pedestrian as to use the death of a young man, who had many friends on both sides of the political aisle, as a political football.

It would seem to me that, having realised that the People's National Party (PNP) candidate is putting “fire” to her feet, she is seeking some sort of relevance and is doing so by referencing the death of young James Johnson.

On a post made in social media, Cuthbert-Flynn, in paying homage to young Johnson, made the unfounded suggestion that the death of could have been avoided if the PNP had a crime plan, such as the ongoing zones of special operations (ZOSOs) or a state of public emergency (SOE).

She also claims that the constitutional challenge being brought by the PNP in regard to the proposed Jamaican National Identification System (NIDS) is an attempt to stop this Bill, which is a part of the crime plan of the JLP Administration. What utter foolishness! And to use this young man's death to make her point is not only ugly because he was just laid to rest, but it was vulgar and distasteful.

What Cuthbert-Flynn, who is a member of the legislature, should insist on is that this Administration of which she is a part gives the police the necessary tools to solve the murder of her friend.

What Cuthbert-Flynn should be doing is imploring the Administration of which she is a part to give this nation an effective crime plan, because surely she, in her heart of hearts, does not believe that ZOSOs and SOEs are effective crime plans. If she believes that, then she is going contrary to what the prime minister insisted: that these are not crime plans.

The post made in social media is beneath the dignity of the office of Member of Parliament and, while I understand the passion, because she has lost a friend, she should know better — and those who know better must do better.

Ralston Chamberlain,

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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