This is Holy Week and having started the week going to church on Palm Sunday, as posted in vision Newspaper it is not my intention to do or say anything that will spoil this Holy start to this very sacred time for Christians. Not-with-standing this fact it would be a gross dereliction of duty if the facts would be withheld on such flimsy grounds. Let the truth rein as night follows day … this is what will be done here. Hush if you are offended by my frankness. Such is the realty of transparency…. I am not a politician so such license was not bequeathed to me. Some are better endowed than others, unfortunately
I was traveling on Highway 2000 in Jamaica W.I., and nearly crashed as there was a thick smoke screen emanating from a cane field. This was a smoke screen in reality … not a make belief or a mirage. This was the real deal … trust me. It was a real danger to road safety and warranted the call out of the emergency services.
What Lisa “Jezabel” Hanna, a former Culture and Youth Minister did when she chose to attack the character of the Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Culture Minister etc. was in my perspective, a false smoke screen This attack was as honourable as Brutus’ attack on Julius Caesar as portrayed by Shakespeare. One slight difference, Brutus ‘ attack was from behind, Any possible plotting was done in secret. We may never know all the sordid facts or Hanna’s real motives. One thing we are sure of is that Caesar did see his attacker before his demise. … he even called out his name.
The damning report of the Office of The Contractor General into Hanna’s area of oversight when she was a Minister of Government was released that same evening in Parliament. From all appearances it would not be far fetched to perceive that any reasonable person,including Hanna,would have wanted attention to have been deflected from this not so pleasant report. The OCG recommended that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) be asked to investigated to see if criminal charges may be laid against at least three operatives,of whom Hanna had oversight.
It was a clever move even if perceived as underhanded. Politics, as you are aware is not a Sunday school affair.. Did Hanna succeed to an extent? Well, in my perceptive that is how I see it from my vantage point. The verdict is yours. She may have in fact conceived of this plan/plot expertly. Hanna is formally educated with University degrees. we may never know why Hanna moved against Grange, if in fact she did.? Could it all be a strange coincidence?
We have no solid evidence that this was in fact a plot, but if a creature walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is only reasonable to conclude that this could be a duck.
Minister Grange did refute the allegations in Parliament by referring to them as “A Big fat Lie”. It was in a Ministerial Statement. The media, both print and electronic did extensive coverage of same. This story seems to be going no where in a hurry. This is a media war in the making between two experienced combatants. Hanna is a trained Journalist/media practitioner. So is Grange who was also a former Information Minister in the PM Bruce Golding JLP Administration. This media war is for real ….not a smoke screen.
Hanna has taken to CVM TV to further press home her case … obviously not satisfied with Grange’s protestations. (See picture enclosed).
Be reminded that you can fool the people some of the time, but not all the time. Finally, if you live in a glass house you should not throw stones. Stay tuned to visin fr the latest on this drama. It may not end pleasantly.
Even if Hanna was making a false statement, she has Parliamentary immunity.
This is my perspectives …what is yours?
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie, is SIC & photojournalist for Vision Newspaper.