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Case of pot calling the kettle black

Published:Friday | May 24, 2024 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

It seems to me that absurdity, hypocrisy and ill-fated opportunism has become the order of the day in today’s local politics. This land called Jamaica, as has been said by some, is not a real place.

All this hullabaloo over Opposition Leader Mark Golding’s dual citizenship (by descent) is as sturdy as a sand castle for more reasons than those that are glaringly obvious.

On April 21, 2022, was it not Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the bright, articulate and very likeable Kamina Johnson Smith who launched Jamaica’s candidature for the post of secretary general of the Commonwealth? Had she been victorious in her bid for that post against then incumbent candidate Patricia Scotland, would Johnson Smith have become any less loyal to the land of her birth? Had she served in that role, following her tenure and her return to Jamaica, would she have been deemed any less suitable to serve as a Cabinet minister and/or senator? I think not.

On July 8, 2021, did not a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) news item, titled ‘His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, issued a statement announcing the appointment today’ which said ... “Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve that the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica, be appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.”

Does holding such an appointment, which he still holds to this day, make PM Holness any less loyal to Jamaica? I think not.

Before condemning the actions (or non-actions) of others and/or calling someone’s position “untenable”, one should examine his/her own past actions. Otherwise, it could be deemed a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

PATRICK GALLIMORE

pagalley@protonmail.com