By now we have all have heard, seen, or even read the address to the nation by Prime Minister, Bruce Golding earlier tonight (May 17, 2010) regarding the controversial Manatt, Phelps & Phillips issue, and the matter of the United States government extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. But what really did the Prime Minister’s (PM) speech meant to you, were you at any point struck?
My initial sentiments were, “no serious, this fucking nigga ain’t for real….eight minutes and he hasn’t even apologized? No this is fuckery!”
And the more and more I listened, I was of the conclusion that Jamaican’s and well-thinking citizens of this country were being taken for a ride, all in the name of good Public Relations stunts aimed at providing remedial efforts to an issue that SHOULD NEVER have been allowed to reach this level. Clearly, the PM did well in sending this message home by supposable giving the impression that he was “deeply apologetic”, as the Jamaica Observer initial articulated.
Before going further, I must extend my sincere congratulation to the PM and his team for a well-craved speech. Trust me; the speech was spectacular in living up the expectations of many, falling short on the believability meter and not saying where the buck stops.
The PM noted that, “I regret the entire affair and it has been deeply painful for me, members of my family and you who have been hurt and disappointed.” I’m sorry, but I know I’m not the only creature who was not convinced by such mockery of the Jamaican people made by the PM and that he truly expressed sincerity to the issue at hand.
Before you clamour at, allow me to state that the grounds for the PM’s speech was one fill with a need to respond to the growing concerns made by the media, citizens and international audience with an interest in the country’s affair that Jamaica was in a leadership crisis. Instead of a genuineness on to seek atonement because the ‘chief servant’ thought this was the right thing to do. Additionally, the PM and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the ruling party, also had the need to responded to claims that he felt short of the grandeur of the honourable post he holds. Conversely, the issue of trust amongst the ruling government and the need for “forgiveness” reiteration in, “Several persons and organizations have expressed their disappointment. I should not have been surprised because I had raised the bar as to what they should expect of me and what has transpired has fallen short of their expectations.” Was a deliberate attempt more so geared at straighten the political credibility of the governing JLP for futuristic purpose.
Whilst the PM rightfully noted that the extradition issue has consumed much of our attention, he however failed to specifically respond to what would be the punishment for the person(s) who did not follow his explicit instructions to keep the matter separate from the government. Besides that it cemented the idea that the Golding-led administration clearly was saying they have ties with the West Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, where the PM is a Member of Parliament (MP).
The speech also clearly articulated that the PM had no intentions of resigning; because if he did, his letter of resignation would have been tendered to the Governor General, as was done recently by the British Labour party Leader, Gordon Brown. Just over a week ago the Westminster Parliamentary model practicing country saw the PM informing the Queen of his resignation; as a former colony of Britain, Jamaica after gaining independence adopted the British parliamentary style with the Governor General (GG) acting as the Queen’s representative as Head of State. Providing justification that the GG should have been who the letter of resignation was submitted to instead of the JLP. So why then does the ‘chief servant’ gives the stupid reason that the JLP refuse his resignation and asked him to reconsider his position?
Now, what the heck does the excerpt from the PM’s speech “Accordingly, the Minister of Justice, in consideration of all the factors, will sign the authorization for the extradition process to commence,” means? Seriously, if the Minister of Justice is going to sign the authorization, what actually prevented this from happening previously? If there were so-called “non-compliance” because of ‘grievances’ in the treaty and since there were no communication in the PM’s national broadcast that these issues were address by the United States government, it therefore means we should interpret it that the government’s position was politically contrived?
With this entirely aside, Mr. Golding, do you honestly think that we truly believe you have the moral credibility to govern properly? Especially, when you’ve waffled, committed an inexcusable, barefaced deception, through a display of your ambivalent attitude to organized criminality, grounded in your refusal to extradite a known kingpin attached to your constituents and party? What of the fling with the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips issue? The members of the JLP, its executive members and other who have naively pointed to the misdeeds over the last 18 years of the People’s National Party (PNP) and their history misdeeds serves no useful purpose.
If the PM truly had reflected well enough, cared, regretted and all the other fluff that he added to get an “emotional speech” I’m convince he would have resigned! It is astronomical clear Mr. Golding in his address to the nation hurled an insult to what our forefathers fought for and what is truly expected of a government.
Jamaicans, on a whole, have the tendency to be very short-sighted and to act only for their immediate benefits. Frankly, for many, I believe this is another such examples, as those we expected to do better have sat back and remained quiet. The JLP executive, the Members of Parliament and person in the Bruce Golding-led Cabinet must put the word to the PM that if he means any good to the country, he must go.
The PM has long branded himself as ‘the Driva’, it is about time we revoke his ‘license and registration’.
Mr. Golding you know the right thing to do is submit your letter of resignation to the Governor General, so do the morally correct thing and submit it soonest.