| www.jamaica-gleaner.com | E12 THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 BREEZE 9. A need for more intelligent economic management ... pay increased taxes, collect taxes from more people, justify public expenditure against payback produced by such expenditure, be very sympathetic to those in real need and, above all, not spending more than one can afford. 10. More people that speak their own mind and will not allow our leaders to bring Jamaica to a failed society. 11. A need to fix the judicial system so that it can deliver timely and respected judgments. 12. A need for the country to be inspired by its elected leaders and not systematically depressed by petty political bickering that inevitably advances party above country. I believe there is a new political breeze about ... I do not think it is just a Christmas breeze. In particular, I commend Andrew Holness on using his political platform to speak about the need to address the country’s big problems of debt, the public-sector wage bill, a new taxation system, and I commend him for forcing through accountability among his Cabinet colleagues and for facing the electorate so early in his term. In particular, I commend Portia Simpson Miller on using her political platform to express compassion for the needs of those economically challenged, her Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme that should address new employment opportunities, and her willingness to include in party leadership competent persons who have run for leadership against her in the past. Both of these fine leaders and their supportive team members ... one heading Government, one leading the Opposition ... will soon have to demonstrate their willingness and capability to work together to solve the country’s major issues: debt, revenue, expenditure, corruption, incompetence in the delivery of public services, and inability to deliver a satisfactory quality of life (whether in education or employment) for many Jamaicans – be they the young, the workers, the pensioners, those in the diaspora. Neither of these leaders and their supportive team members can deliver the strong expectations of Jamaica by themselves. Neither party has all the personnel resources needed to transform the country. Civil society, led by the private sector, is now demanding a new politics – a new politics in which the first priority is the delivery of a better Jamaica, not a better Jamaica Labour Party or People’s National Party. The new breeze we are all now feeling is about to blow a new government into power. But when I consulted the breeze this very morning, it told me – quietly but firmly – that it was determined to blow the new Government out of power just as quickly ... unless that Government started speedily to deal with the 12 issues of 2012 ... and ... found a way to co-opt the support of the Opposition and civil society. CONTINUED FROM E1 integrity and striving for excellence ... an example for all public sector to follow. 4. A focus on dealing with our national debt that now compares relatively with that of Greece. 5. Real discussion about publicsector efficiency and a wage bill. 6. A public demand for greater political cooperation to put national objectives above party opportunism. 7. A focus on how to achieve economic growth and job creation. 8. Realisation that our education system is not delivering employable people. becoming equally accessible to all would-be petitioners, would serve to remove the age-long obstacle of lack of financial affordability. He was satisfied that this is as it should be in a free and democratic society. There is a second solid reason why there should be no surprise or wonder in Oliver Council and The Gleaner were established, one year apart, upon the abolition of the slave trade – the former in 1833 and the latter in 1834. Twenty years ago, in July 2000, the late C. Roy Reynolds, then a freelance journalist, unearthed a March 1901 editorial titled ‘The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council’. It read, in part: “Thinking men are not adverse to a great final court of appeal for the empire, but they believe that the Judicial Committee has served its turn and it is now out of joint with the conditions of the times.” That 1901 lead editorial continued: “... it is not to be wondered at, therefore, that colonial suitors and lawyers are beginning to question the expediency of the continuation of the committee and this feeling is exaggerated by the cumbersome procedure in connection with the court, the delays that are occasioned, (and) the expense incurred ...”. Small wonder, then, that Oliver Clarke, upon assuming that high leadership position at The Gleaner since the mid1970s, found no reason to deviate from the far-sighted position long arrived at by “thinking men”, and adopted by an editorial board of his predecessors from as early as at the turn of the 20th century. Oliver Clarke was, as they say, truthfully to the manor born. Yet, exposure to such stark, unacceptable imbalance in access to justice on the part of our citizens would have weighed heavily on him both in his life work and as a visionary regional leader. That led him to embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice as an institution which, for him, stands as an essential instrument in the levelling of that playing field and in the equitable and mature development of our people. The Honourable Oliver Frederick Clarke, lion exemplar of the media fraternity and beyond: thinking man, indeed! NICHOLSON CONTINUED FROM E8 And so, for the Honourable Oliver Clarke, the existence of the well-appointed CCJ which is programmed to sit right here within our borders, thereby Gleaner The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) salutes the Hon. Oliver Frederick Clarke, OJ, FCA, who was a Member In Retirement at the time of his passing. Mr. Clarke was admitted to ICAJ as an Associate on April 9, 1970 and was transferred to Fellow not in Public Practice in 1975. He was later transferred to Member In Retirement on April 12, 2012. He served his country and the accounting profession with distinction and will be greatly missed. A.J. NICHOLSON Officer Emeritus People’s National Party We extend sincere condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetually shine upon him.
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