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We need action not just words

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2022 | 12:07 AM


The phrase ‘action, not a bag a mouth’, like many things and issues else in Jamaica, has been placed in a well-known song featuring Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous. Indeed, My younger self welcomed Edward Seaga for including it in one of his campaign slogans.

These words are not to be taken likely because it means that, if you are a man or woman of your word, then you are likely more action than a bag a mouth.

The phrase was brought back to light in my mind when I heard Dr Horace Chang and Dr Nigel Clarke recommitting themselves, at a recent function involving the police, to bring action to their words, when it comes to making life easier for police officers who put their lives daily on the line for us all.

Dr Chang admitted that previous ministers of national security have given police a six for a nine. But I am certain he is not talking about the guns issued to the police, namely the nine millimetre, because I think they actually got a nine instead of a six. I think he maybe is speaking about their emoluments and pensions plans, etc.

Of course, Dr Clarke now realises that he needs to communicate and I see a newspaper editorial lauding him for his intentions.

Although we are hearing these intentions to do better, in others words the bagga mouth part of it, let us now get down to action. I am sure ‘Action Ann’ should agree with me, and especially if attired in the new dress code she plans for female parliamentarians.