Ms Jearlean John, in calling for the removal of the “myths” that PNM is a “black party” and the UNC is an “Indian party”, could you enlighten me on how you categorise these two political parties, in terms of their behaviour over the years?

Since Independence, not once was there an Indian leader of the PNM, nor an African leader of any of the following parties—DLP, ULF, CLUB88 or UNC.

Also, considering the members of other races in these parties and the boast of unity, don’t you think that behaviour to be strange?

We are looking at 58 years here—ten decades—and counting.

What about where a political party changed the holiday from “Arrival Day” to “Indian Arrival Day”? It befuddles the mind thinking about someone singing our National Anthem, “where every creed and race find an equal place”, then making a decision like that.

Ms John, who do you think the word “united” represents?

We talk about it being time for a national conversation to discuss race. I believe politicians must be man/woman enough to call a spade a spade. We are not living the dictates of our anthem. If change is to happen, we must start treating people fairly; and for this to occur, I have a suggestion—prayers.

Whenever we pray, we should ask our Creator to make us honest with ourselves and in dealing with others. Once you are genuine in prayers, positive results happen.

What I have learned from my observations is that to be honest, one must always deal with the issue and not focus on individuals.

Ms John, if we adopt that maxim, perhaps life could be a lot more meaningful and satisfactory.

Politicians, please give it a try; it works.


The Prime Minister’s announcement of the cancellation of Carnival 2021 appears to have caught even the National Carnival Commission by surprise, although it has quickly moved to endorse the position and activate its plan to “restructure and innovate Carnival and its many events”.

The recent unrelenting wave of homicides in Jamaica highlights the country’s crisis of crime and the need for the Holness administration to demonstrate that it still has a viable toolkit for addressing the problem now that the court has halted deployment of that blunt-edged instrument that was its tool of choice: the declaration of states of public emergency.

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Speaking on a television morning show, T&TEC corporate communications manager Annabelle Brasnell sent my sugar level soaring with her saccharine rhetoric regarding the distribution of free energy-saving bulbs—a promise made by the Government in the last budget.