A plea, not a threat, Mr PM
THE CORRESPONDENCE FROM the head of the Private Sector Association to the Prime Minister, urging a dialogue with the social partners to avert “social unrest”, must not be mis-interpreted.
Nor is it fair to presume that they aren’t many intelligent, thinking, level-headed people within the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) who would have had the interest of Mr Stuart, the DLP, as a party and as a Government, held high in their bosom, who would not have counselled exactly the same thing.
“Take it easy, Boss. This thing is too hard on the people, we are trying to take too much too fast. A lot a people out there catching dem . . . ! Dem confused and hurting. It in we best interest to try to lessen the burden – spread it out – we en got to do it in nuh nine months, Boss!
“What’s so special about nine months when we gine tek back the Government under your leadership for a nudder five years?
“Have mercy! Wuh we doing wid de people? Dem say we abandoning them, pushing dem over the precipce, sending dem to the mad house, and prison.
“Lord have mercy! skipper. We got an election on the horrizom to boot. We doan want the people to turn against we so. We doan want people to get frustrated, feel there is no hope, an do foolishness. Leh we settle weselves.
“You is a bright man, sih down and talk to dem, nuh! Remember the Bible sey, ‘He who humbleth demselves will be exaulted’. Come on, Boss! Um en too late. Do de right thing! You doan tink we could still turn back the tide?”
In other words, I suggest that even “the man in the street” would appreciate that “social unrest” in the context was not a threat of intent to do, neither inspire any negative thing, but rather, an appeal, out of love and country, to do everything to ensure awareness of a rising simmering wave of annoyance and anxiety. Not altercation, nor anarchy, dissatisfaction and distress. Not discord nor dissention. Irritation – not insurrection; sorrow – not sedition, and unease – not quite uproar.
I submit that to construe that the correspondence of the head of the Private Sector Association, Charles Herbert, and the intent of members and associates was a “threat” rather than an entreatment is a most preposterous “spin”.
– H. (DRU) SYMMONDS