Pepper Pot: Hate mail lawsuit causing chaos, panic!
The revelation that the author of a poison pen e-mail libelling several well known Jamaican politicians and businessmen has now been unmasked and facing a massive lawsuit in the US, is causing chaos among those responsible. The people libelled include former prime ministers P J Patterson and Bruce Golding; Sandals Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, his son Brian Jardim, former government ministers Dr Chris Tufton, Audley Shaw and Daryl Vaz.
Word is that the main author has been trying to cover his tracks, but that it is too late and the game is up. He has been warned that the US has severe penalties for such acts. The claim for damaging Brand Jamaica's image and that of Sandals Hotels is likely to be of a magnitude rarely seen, running into the billions of dollars. The e-mail was globally distributed, especially targeting travel agents and the tourism industry generally, making the claim for damages even larger.
In the meantime, while the evidence is conclusive, the identity of the author was deliberately being withheld pending the process. But that has not stopped suss-loving Jamaicans from speculating as to the name or names involved. The author is known to have done this before. Word is that Jamaicans here and in the diaspora will be in shock when the name is disclosed. One of the libelled persons was heard to have commented that after this case, no one in their right mind will want to try that again. Stay tuned!
Who rapes children? O God!
The Pot, too, was left in a quandary by that horrendous tale of children being raped and infected with sexually transmitted diseases. The story in the Sunday Observer is being discussed everywhere. It is a long time we have not seen so many people so ready to string up any rapist they could find. Someone has got to pay.
Be on guard, avoid fraud!
Word is that certain people have been leaning unfairly on others for support after they get themselves involved in fraudulent activities. Some of those terrible e-mails are the result. The best thing to do is avoid fraud in the first place.
Crossing the floor
Shouldn't there be a law against people crossing the floor from one party to the next right after voters have elected them on a different ticket? In the last local government polls, one man ran as an Independent, knowing fully well that he planned to join one of the parties if he won. And he did! That makes a mockery of democracy.