Martin Daly and Reginald Dumas have called for an end to what they call the “megaphone diplomacy” through which the Rowley administration has succeeded in guiding itself deep into a dark rabbit hole.

They both suggest it is time for “quiet diplomacy”. On the same page of the Express of May 22, Anna Ramdass reports on Prof Andy Knight’s sentiment that Washington’s “use of this treaty” – the Treaty of Rio – may constitute a violation of international law. Finally, tucked away at the very bottom of the page, resides the vexing crux of the problem under the headline: “Young, a man of veracity.”

With the greatest of respect to the three esteemed personalities mentioned above, diplomacy – whether megaphone or quiet – and, or the substance of the Treaty of Rio, these are not the central issues regarding the Government’s present debacle.

The core concern has to do with Mr Young’s and, by extension, Dr Rowley’s and the Government’s willingness to be transparent and honest in their dealings with the people who elected them.

Treaty or no treaty, Washington will do as it has always done – whatever serves its best interest. I do not doubt as I am also sure the men above also know that “quiet diplomacy” is also being vigorously pursued.

Somehow, I am inclined to believe the subliminal message they are sending to the public is that we all, as a nation, should remain quiet about this politically embarrassing issue. They frame it as one that involves matters of sophisticated international law and treaties about which we are all ignorant.

No siree! The point here, and what we ought to continue to shout as loud as we can about, is the question of Minister Young’s “veracity” and by extension the “veracity” of Dr Rowley and his administration.

We do not want to be educated on treaties or diplomacy. What we wish to see established are honesty, seriousness, and integrity by this administration in accounting to the people.

Let us continue to shout about the behaviour of our Government and not be side-tracked down the garden path of circular, distracting talk!

Steve Smith

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