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Letter of the Day | Our broken politics

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Westminster system of govern-ment that we adopted at Independence in 1962 is predicated on the notion that men and women offer themselves for service to their country as a way of giving back to a nation that nurtured them.

It presupposed that you would have achieved some level of success in your chosen vocation. In other words, the intention was not to make it your career, but simply a way of giving back. This is why it has always been so easy for legislators in the United Kingdom to step aside as soon as there is the slightest hint of improper behaviour under their watch.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

eldiscoduro.com
After all, they always have their career to go back to.

Once we adopted the Westminster model in Jamaica, we did what we always do so well – proceeded to bastardise it.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

mundinews.com
People who have never run anything in their lives enter the field of politics to make it a career and get rich.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

economiavenezuela.com
In the process, we have witnessed the routine corruption of every known institution in the society. Systems and laws are strategically created with loopholes so large that any criminal mind can penetrate with the greatest ease.

Unfortunately, good and honest people from civil society have traditionally been culpable because of their disconnected posture with regard to this society.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

economiavenezuela.com
Many have their bodies in Jamaica, but their minds in North America or Britain. And it doesn’t matter that so many of them have never even been to these places.

It is this very disconnectedness that has enabled the hustlers to take over the political process.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

www.entornointeligente.com
I am old enough to remember with fondness some fine politicians of the 1960s and ’70s, or even the 1980s.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

xn--elpaisdeespaa-tkb.com
These were men and women for whom politics was a noble way to serve their communities and, by extension, their country.

SWAPPING HUSTLER FOR HUSTLER So many of them exited the political landscape poorer than they entered, but richer for the fact that they did serve their constituents with distinction and honour.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

breakingtrending.com
It saddens me to say that, looking around at the present crop of politicians, I see few who remind me of this group of fine public servants.

The time is fast approaching when we should, as a followership, put a stop to this periodic feel-good faÁade called general elections if all we are doing is swapping one group of hustlers for another.

© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

videojuegosmania.com
Serious nation building demands far more. In fact, it demands an enlightened followership.

If we are going to continue with the Westminster system of government, let us also take into consideration the spirit of its very existence.

CARL BLISS

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© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi

© Luis Oberto Anselmi

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