Falconer dis­grace­ful in politi­cis­ing PM’s cap

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

HEATHER ROBIN­SON is right! She is right that some peo­ple with whom Op­po­si­tion Leader Por­tia Simp­son Miller has sur­rounded her­self with need to go look work else­where. The main per­son who needs to go is San­drea Falconer be­cause she adds no value what­so­ever to the im­age, lik­a­bil­ity or cred­i­bil­ity of Simp­son Miller.

On Satur­day night when most of the coun­try was anx­iously await­ing word from about the status of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, Falconer found time to ques­tion the out­fit of Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness while he was on tour in sec­tions of the coun­try.

Now, as a for­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter, should Falconer not en­sure that what she is ques­tion­ing and sug­gest­ing has true fac­tual ba­sis? It seems not. Well, the green hat that Falconer had a prob­lem with turned out to be one that had ‘Jamaica’ writ­ten on it, com­ple­mented by an em­broi­dery of the coun­try’s flag.

If that was not bad enough, Falconer had the nerve to ques­tion whether Hol­ness was play­ing a PR game, whether he went as prime min­is­ter or Jamaica Labour Party leader and whether he went to only con­stituen­cies rep­re­sented by the JLP. Can Jamaica af­ford some­one so petty, some­one so de­void of rea­son­ing and ap­pro­pri­ate­ness to be the chief of staff to the op­po­si­tion leader? Can we?

The vul­gar at­tempt by Falconer to di­vide the peo­ple of the coun­try at a time when unity is re­quired must not go un­no­ticed. In fact, we should re­pu­di­ate it and send a sig­nal to her and any­one else who dare try to do same. Falconer was heard and seen on tele­vi­sion stress­ing that she did not want any fool­ish­ness to go out to the pub­lic, but some­how, when­ever she opens her mouth or moves her fin­gers, that is ex­actly what hap­pens.

NO GOOD FOR HER

I am to­tally at a loss as to why Simp­son Miller can­not yet see why Falconer is no good for her or the party that she heads.

One must never be afraid to crit­i­cise gov­ern­ments and ad­min­is­tra­tions as it helps them to grow and un­der­stand, how­ever, in an in­stance such as this, where the Gov­ern­ment has done rea­son­ably well to pre­pare the coun­try for the im­pact of Matthew, no one should seek to politi­cise the is­sue. It is just not worth it. But, again, this is Falconer, so I guess we should not have been sur­prised.

So is Falconer go­ing to be ask­ing why the prime min­is­ter is only land­ing on green grass? To say no so quickly would be my last bet, but one never sees smoke with­out fire, be­cause the green was once left out of the back­drop for a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the na­tional flag at a cer­e­mony in Mon­tego Bay some­time ago. NATHAN NEW­MAN nathannew­manuk@gmail.com

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