Politi­cians should learn to go high

Jamaica Gleaner - - @ISSUE - Tony Deyal was last seen say­ing that the in­vi­ta­tion to the func­tion had RSVP writ­ten on it, which in Trinidad means, ‘Roti Shar­ing Very Plen­ti­fully.’

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: THE PO­SI­TION of po­lit­i­cal om­buds­man, which has been es­tab­lished to en­force stan­dards in Jamaican pol­i­tics, is be­ing ig­nored by the same groups that claim high ground.

Politi­cians who are re­fus­ing to sign the Po­lit­i­cal Code of Con­duct are ob­vi­ously not ready to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Ja­maica. It’s an out­right shame and dis­grace!

Re­fus­ing to sign the code of con­duct be­cause of a sus­pected breach by the other party is sim­i­lar to the Old Tes­ta­ment prac­tice of an eye for an eye. Where is the stan­dard?

To be more spe­cific, Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party coun­cil­lor can­di­dates in St Ann are re­fus­ing to sign the code of con­duct, ac­tions that are ap­par­ently en­dorsed by North West St Ann Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Dr Day­ton Camp­bell. The premise for the boy­cott is that the coun­cil­lor can­di­dates are un­cer­tain as to whether or not the Gov­ern­ment fol­lowed proper pro­to­col in the $600m de­bush­ing project now un­der way across the is­land.

Are you say­ing that you will not con­duct your­self in an ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner if the Ja­maica Labour Party/Gov­ern­ment did not fol­low pro­to­col? This is very low.

Politi­cians, it’s time for you to raise your stan­dards and shun dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour. As Michelle Obama kept re­peat­ing in the re­cent cam­paign in the USA, “When they go low, we go high.”

It would be so good if politi­cians prac­tise go­ing high in Ja­maica. The Jamaican peo­ple for sure would start tak­ing them more se­ri­ously, in­clud­ing our young peo­ple, who need to see good ex­am­ples more fre­quently.

Politi­cians, use your pub­lic space wisely and show the peo­ple of Ja­maica how they should deal with dis­agree­ments by go­ing high when oth­ers go low. SHAUNA-GAYE BROWN shau­na­gaye4123@gmail.com

to drive a PNM bal­isier deep into the hearts of the wicked UNC vam­pires. Take a stake with a bal­isier on top and drive it deep within their heart and fin­ish them off once and for all.”

Trinidad and Tobago has two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, and each is as­sumed to rep­re­sent one of the two dom­i­nant races. It is in­evitable that any ref­er­ence to a diet sta­ple as­so­ci­ated with one of the races, par­tic­u­larly when that was used his­tor­i­cally as a term of de­ri­sion (Coolie, Coolie come for roti), would be seen as a de­lib­er­ately racist strat­egy in­tended to unite the sup­port­ers of the gov­ern­ing party.

How­ever, in this and the pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tion in 2015, the fo­cus by both par­ties has been petty and parochial. The other side has made much of the fact that Dr Row­ley has two sons born out of wed­lock, and his re­sponse that it was his “god­damned” busi­ness il­lus­trates the level to which pol­i­tics has sunk and ex­plains why race and roti seem to have found an equal place in the mix.

I am sad­dened that Dr Row­ley, who was al­ways so ag­gres­sive a plat­form speaker that we used to call him the ‘Rot­tweiler’, has now be­come a Roti­weiler. This is not a good way to curry favour with the pop­u­la­tion.


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