Fal­coner play­ing pol­i­tics

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: ON SAT­UR­DAY night, when most of the coun­try was await­ing in­for­ma­tion and up­dates from the Gov­ern­ment re­lat­ing to the sta­tus of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, former in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter San­drea Fal­coner found time to lu­di­crously ques­tion the out­fit of Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness while he was on tour in sec­tions of the coun­try. Frankly speak­ing, as a former in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter, should Fal­coner not en­sure that what she is ques­tion­ing and sug­gest­ing has true fac­tual merit? 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, and was not a JLP hat.

It is ab­so­lutely scan­dalous and dis­grace­ful that Fal­coner sought to play pol­i­tics dur­ing a pe­riod when Ja­maica was pre­par­ing and ex­pect­ing a Cat­e­gory Four hur­ri­cane, seek­ing to di­vide the coun­try along par­ti­san lines. Fur­ther­more, PM Hol­ness was not at all wear­ing any Ja­maica Labour Party hat, and Fal­coner’s care­less and ir­re­spon­si­ble com­ments demon­strate that she is a trib­alised Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party politi­cian whose time has passed, and she should do the de­cent thing and apol­o­gise to the prime min­is­ter and re­sign as a PNP mem­ber. She has been a fail­ure as in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter and as a gov­ern­ment sen­a­tor in the last PNP gov­ern­ment, and now is an enor­mous li­a­bil­ity to the party and Simp­son Miller.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Prime Min­is­ter Hol­ness, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Des­mond McKen­zie and the en­tire Cabi­net for pre­par­ing the county ex­ceed­ingly well dur­ing the pe­riod when the coun­try ex­pected the hur­ri­cane, and for putting into place the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture to fa­cil­i­tate per­sons who were stay­ing in pub­lic shel­ters. ROBERT DAL­LEY, Esq Mon­tego Bay robert­dal­ley@out­look.com

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