Fri | Nov 17, 2017

Well said, Simon Crosskill

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Recently on Twitter, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, made the following tweet: "The region is facing a difficult period. Condolences to our Caribbean family, Mexico and the USA. You are all in our prayers."

Simon Crosskill responded to that tweet by saying, "I am sure the rest of the Caribbean will also send condolences to Jamaica for the more than 1,000 Jamaicans that have been murdered since the start of the year."

Suffice it to say, Mr Crosskill came under attack right away from those Jamaicans on Twitter who are members of the Andrew Holness Fan Club and who seem to think that Mr Crosskill should not have an opinion that was not in line with the worship and praise of their demigod.

Let me remind these Jamaicans that Mr Holness is being paid to work by taxpayers' money, and that as a tax-paying citizen of Jamaica, Mr Crosskill has every right to his opinion, much in the same way they have the right to theirs when they are heaping praises on the shoulders of Andrew Holness, who, least they have forgotten, told Jamaicans that under his Government, Jamaicans would be able to sleep with doors and windows open.

 

CAUSE FOR CONCERN

 

In a country where the population for 2017 is 2.8 million, more than 1,000 Jamaicans murdered since the start of the year is cause for much concern.

Nearly 30 persons lost their lives to Hurricane Irma in the entire Caribbean region and Florida. Not for one minute am I saying that those lives are not worthy of condolences to families and loved ones.

Mr Crosskill, like any well-thinking Jamaican, is concerned about what is taking place in the land he calls home, the land where, instead of leaving windows and doors open, people are trying to find ways and means to imprison themselves in their homes for fear of being intruded upon by those who wish to harm and cause bloodshed.

So those who want to attack Mr Crosskill for having an opinion that did not sit well with them, I will say to them, understand that every single Jamaican should very well be afraid and very concerned.

MICHELLE BRADSHAW