Letters to the Editor

Representation by spectatorship?

Monday, September 24, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I have noted the statement published in the Jamaica Observer on Friday, September 21, 2018 from Member of Parliament for Clarendon Central Mike Henry regarding the persistent problem of flooding in the town of May Pen.

Henry claims that the problem is a direct result of a decision made by previous governments and the National Works Agency in the 1980s. Henry needs to be reminded that he has been the parliamentary representative for the people of May Pen for quite a while, even as other purported “bad decisions” were made.

Throughout the many years of flooding Henry served as the Member of Parliament for almost 40 continuous years. Henry appears to have been a mere spectator and not an effective representative for the people of Clarendon Central in general, and particularly the residents and business people of May Pen.

Of note, Henry was a minister of government for some 15 years, four of which he served as minister of works, and so he had the authority to fix the claimed cause of the flooding. He is the only parliamentary representative that most of the people of Clarendon Central have ever known, yet he has only now seemingly discovered that the flooding in May Pen has been a problem.

It has taken a long time for Henry to get to a point at which he can “shudder to think of the welfare of the people”. It just seems like it has been lame and pathetic representation of the people of May Pen and the wider constituency of Clarendon Central, and so Henry needs to be reminded that he is a part of the relevant authority that he is calling on to fix the problem. Worse, his political party forms the Government.

If he was incapable of dealing with the problem while he was a minister of government with responsibility for works and is now unable to persuade his party colleagues to come to the rescue of his constituents, obviously Henry is not up to the task of representation.

Zuleika Jess

Attorney-at-law

Caretaker, Clarendon Central

zuleika.jess@gmail.com

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