Bunting: If not age limits, there should be term limits
BUNTING... you should always be refreshing the talent pool.

WHETHER it is term limits or age limits, veteran parliamentarian Peter Bunting desires a fresh approach to political governance in Jamaica.

"You need one of two things to ensure that you keep refreshing the pool of talent in Parliament," he said in a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer. "Either you have term limits or age limits.

"I am not fixed to one or the other because I believe you can refresh a pool with someone who might have had a successful career in a profession or business, their kids are now grown, and at 55 or 60 they want to make a national contribution. They would be coming to the table with fresh ideas, fresh perspectives, and bringing a different sort of experience.

"Alternatively", he continued, "you could have somebody there at age 55 who could have been in the system for 30 years and needs to be transitioned out and allow somebody else," said the Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate and former long-standing Member of Parliament for Manchester Central.

Also a former minister of national security and now Opposition spokesman on Jamaica's number one scourge — security — Bunting and his good friends Mark Golding, now leader of the Opposition, and Chris Dehring who, among other things, runs cable company Ready TV, operated the successful merchant Dehring, Bunting and Golding (DB&G) which was later sold to Scotiabank.

Politics, he hinted, allowed many to sit around, albeit elected by the people, and underperform either because of ability, or other limitations.

"Even in my private sector career I didn't believe that I should have stayed in one position for long. When we sold DB&G I could have stayed as CEO. I was successful, and Scotia asked me to stay on as CEO, but I thought that for my own development and to create opportunities for those coming behind you, you should not stay in the same position for more than 10 years. You should always be refreshing the talent pool," stated Bunting, who said he is undecided about his future in elective politics following the only loss of his career — to Jamaica Labour Party candidate Rhoda Moy Crawford in the September 2020 General Election.

He had won three consecutive times in Manchester Central from 2007, along with another triumph in Clarendon South Eastern, his first, over former Jamaica Prime Minister Hugh Lawson Shearer in the 1993 General Election.

The subject of age limits has not been debated as extensively as term limits in Jamaica. Prime Minister Andrew Holness mooted term limits for prime ministers when he first assumed office in 2011 but, save for a few occasions when the matter was mentioned, there has not been much said on it in recent months.

Horace Helps

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy
Recent Posts