April 16, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
As the drama unfolds nationally with MP George Wright for Western Jamaica of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). We are all sitting on the edge of our seats as we await an outcome. Domestic violence has been a scourge
across the world and is seemingly becoming a pandemic in Jamaica. Mr. George Wright has not been criminally charged.
A most reliable source has told me that embattled MP George Wright who is being perceived as a partner abuser, is seriously considering becoming an independent voice in Parliament.
Independent candidates have never been very successful in Jamaica. A few have emerged, however on a larger scope Jamaica’s political landscape has been a straight two party race. The People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) both have held political power at varying times.
In Canada Jody Wilson Raybould opted to become an independent after her very bitter public spat with PM Justin Trudeau in 2019. She was dropped from Caucus over disagreement as to how the Quebec based SNC Lavalin issue should be dealt with. She accused Trudeau of pressuring her to break the law. Trudeau denied this accusation he said he was trying to secure jobs and help SNC avoid facing criminal Prosecution by asking them to pay a fine as is provided for in law.
In many jurisdictions using the two party Westminster type democratic system like Jamaica’s parliament does not recognize political parties. Canada it is believed is similarly designed. For example in Jamaica one Robert Lightbourne left the JLP and became an independent representing the Western St. Thomas seat in parliament. So there have been prior moves like this. Jamaica’s parliament as stated above does not recognize political parties. MPs can be of any stripes.
There are many who feel that the two party system creates false loyalties. Members are forced to tow a party line. It is akin to behaving like a herd all moving in the same direction.
Mr. George Wright was not treated well by his political colleagues and as such has no reason to trust such people he sat with in Parliament. It is better to be alone than in bad company.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie has a keen interest in Fairplay and is a veteran journalist who has international exposure.