Shame to give Seaga ‘jacket’

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -


INOTE that the St Ann Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, which has a Ja­maica Labour Party ma­jor­ity, has held a vote on the nam­ing of the North-South High­way, the Ed­ward Seaga High­way. I also note that there has been no sim­i­lar vote in the St Cather­ine Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, where the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party has a ma­jor­ity.

The nam­ing of roads is the pre­rog­a­tive of the lo­cal author­i­ties. It now seems that the Govern­ment in­tends to go ahead with the trav­esty of cre­at­ing an im­pres­sion that there is a con­nec­tion be­tween the high­way and for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ed­ward Seaga.

We may be a docile and gullible peo­ple, but his­tory will show that Mr Seaga had noth­ing to do with this high­way and the par­lia­men­tary Hansard will, in­deed, show his philo­soph­i­cal op­po­si­tion to the con­cept of a na­tional high­way sys­tem as en­vi­sioned by for­mer Prime Min­is­ter P.J. Pat­ter­son and con­tin­ued by Por­tia Simp­son Miller with the North-South cor­ri­dor, fol­lowed by the EastWest cor­ri­dor. The Govern­ment is now invit­ing peo­ple to at­tend the of­fi­cial nam­ing cer­e­mony on June 12 at the Moneague Toll Plaza. Ja­maica watches keenly to see if Prime Min­is­ter Andrew Hol­ness in­tends to com­plete this tragic ven­ture that prom­ises to leave per­haps the deep­est in­deli­ble scar on our po­lit­i­cal land­scape, ce­ment­ing po­lit­i­cal trib­al­ism for­ever.

Mark my word, it will be a per­ma­nent sym­bol of Ja­maica’s tribal pol­i­tics.

I hope that even at the eleventh hour, the pow­ers that be might come to their senses and do the right thing. There are sev­eral other mon­u­ments that bet­ter re­flect Mr Seaga’s con­tri­bu­tion. In Ja­maican par­lance, to give Mr Seaga the North-South High­way is to give him a ‘jacket’.

COLIN CAMP­BELL For­mer Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion

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