It is hard to tell who is the person/s behind the editorial , is it male or female? is it one person or a group of people, do they share the same philosophy or do they operate as independent individuals opining based on principled gut convictions?
The aforementioned is difficult to establish because the writer/s have the luxury of anonymity. We would hope that based on that luxury editorial page writer/s would be responsible , objective, fair, respectful, thoughtful, and careful. just recognizing that to whom much is given , much is required.
Such is the power of the pen ,particularly in a society like Jamaica where people put significant stock into the views of certain people over that of others.
It has become noticeable to this blog that of late the Gleaner’s Editorial page has shown a marked change from the more circumspect reasoned approach we had grown accustomed to for decades, to one that seem to want to push alien views on us that surely have no resonance or hold any sway with the vast majority of the Jamaican populace. As if that was not bad enough, we have also detected a snarl of elitist condension in the spirit of the aforementioned Pages.
It is the right of the Gleaner to publish what it chooses on it’s editorial pages . We would not want to pick a fight with someone who buys ink in a barrel, After all we do speak our minds on these blogs. What the Gleaner must appreciate though, thanks to the power of technology , is that we will push back hard when they choose to be condesending and disrespectful to people who sacrifice for our country.
We speak particularly of todays Editorial titled: “The police are not the executive”.
In the editorial the anonymous writer blasted Senior Superintendent of Police Radcliff Lewis for what it characterizes as Lewis’ attempt at executive decision-making by allowing robot taxi operators to operate after Licensed taxi operators in Spanish Town decided to strike this week over dissatisfaction with the way they have been regulated and for other perceived grievances.
We have no quarrel with the writer about blasting Lewis for his alleged statements referring to the scabs as quote “reserve soldiers”.
Frankly I do not know on whose authority Lewis was operating, there is no precedent in law or otherwise where the police may take such steps, we agree that if those measures are to be taken those are to be taken by executive action,.
Lewis a pragmatic cop may have overstepped his bounds dramatically.
Jamaica requires unusual and pragmatic approaches to getting solutions, the Police have always sought to use its powers to help the Jamaican people, unsung. In his effort at problem solving he overstepped his authority, a move that was sure to draw the ire of the usual critics like our friends at the editorial board of the Gleaner, who are always going to be unable to see the forest for the trees.
The question is, as wrong as Lewis’ actions are, had he kept his mouth shut, would the unlicenced cab operators have stayed home? what impact did Lewis’ actions have in actually enhancing that action.
We note the writer was very concerned about the safety of riders , whilst at the same time registering relief at the fact that no one was injured in this Lewis Executive grab. We do see how the writer could feel total relief that no one was injured , after all this notion of illegal taxi operation is a totally alien phenomenon in Jamaican culture (sic).
We do not disagree with the letter of the Article, what we disagree with is the spirit . The writer used terms to describe SSP Lewis that at best are condescending, and at worst blatantly demeaning. Colourful, rough cut, Our newest ad hoc and unelected lawmaker, scandalous, uncomplicated ,rustic.
Those characterizations are elitists code words, aimed at bringing Lewis, or any other unfortunate soul they are aimed at into knowing their place, SSP Lewis made a mistake in what he is alleged to have done, and for this Ellington must have some serious conversations with him. His gravest error is that of not understanding the vicious caste system that still persists in Jamaica to this day.
Good intentions on the part of SSP Lewis does not mean actions that are legal. His actions lead us to ask if he may not have been promoted above his capabilities.
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