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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Dear Editor,

While we have been subject to hearing the pot calling the kettle black for months, now it appears the pot will finally face its reflection.

Since the change of Administration the Opposition People's National Party has rapped the Government consistently for what they deem poor governance and the lack of a workable crime plan. Here we are, a week after the revelation of a major gun bust destined for Montego Bay, and whom do we find as a feature of the controversy? The People's National Party, it seems.

The consignee on the ill-fated shipment of four riffles, 115 pistols, 139 magazines, 103 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 50 rounds of .357 ammunition, 50 rounds of .45 ammunition, 24 rounds of .40 ammunition, 40 rounds of .223 ammunition, nine handgun back straps, five magazine parts, three pistol grips, three butt stocks and other weapons parts is reportedly a former employee of People's National Party Councilor Michael Troupe. Is it that the councillor was completely unaware of the character of his former employee or her relations? Was no background check carried out?

While no charges have been laid, and the investigations are ongoing, I can't help but rely on innate teachings about birds.

This does not reflect well on the People's National Party at all.

While they clamoured for a crime plan, actively resisting the zones of special operations initiative and the proposed national identification system, and are yet to answer the minister of national security's invitation for an all stakeholder meeting, the party now has its name being a feature in one of the largest gun finds the country has seen. Had these guns made their way into the island the result would surely have been catastrophic.

It appears the National Identification System may not be such a terrible idea after all.

Claude McPherson




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