Politicians should learn to go high
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 email@example.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.