Why do you think we have one of the finest electoral systems in the world? It is because under the guidance of patriotic, independent stalwarts, representatives of both political parties examined the system and, knowing the loopholes only too well, identified and addressed them through comprehensive reform of the Representation of the People Act (ROPA). Now a national transformation commission should be set up along these same lines and our lions in their winter, Messrs Patterson and Seaga, demand that their respective parties step up and do right by the traumatised and fearful people of Jamaica. These people, incidentally, include their own children and grandchildren.
Observer report today!
Patterson proposes ‘seismic shift’ in political culture
Abandon old politics!
BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
FORMER Prime Minister P J Patterson yesterday prescribed a 'seismic shift' in Jamaica's political culture to motivate the nation over the next 50 years of Independence.
He said that the country must abandon the adversarial political approach of the past, and replace it with a system of competitive politics, in which contention for office is designed to promote the most exacting consideration of policies and prompt acceptance of the best ideas, regardless of the origin.
"A sober reflection will reveal that we have been most successful whenever consensus and collaboration exist," Patterson said, using as an example the creation of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica through cooperation between the two major political parties in the late 1970s.