Stop throwing stones

As I write this letter I am in a state of shock.

I could not believe that I was actually reading such a derogatory item as that which appeared in the Compass of Monday, 19 December headed ‘Writer gets tongue in cheek’ and signed with what appeared to be the ubiquitous pseudo name Al Ebanks.

How in the world could anyone think up and write such a degrading piece of fiction concerning the Prime Minister of a neighbouring country with which Cayman has until recently, had an amicable relationship?

How could the writer attribute such words and language to a highly educated lawyer and politician whose people have voted him into office for three consecutive terms, and who has never said an unkind word about Cayman?

If the letter was intended to be funny it certainly could only appeal to someone with a twisted sense of humour.

During the speech that the Prime Minister made to the Chamber of Commerce on his visit to Cayman he spoke at length about commerce between the two countries and only at the conclusion did he mention that Cayman had a right to require visas, and that Jamaica had a right to reciprocate.

I can see nothing in there that would insult any right thinking person and in fact he would have committed a dereliction of duty had he remained silent on such a topical matter that greatly concerned both countries.

In any event it all seemed that the Jamaica bashing that followed was at last dying and being put to rest; the media which had served to keep it boiling appeared to have turned down the pot so to speak, and the controversy appeared to have been cooling.

Now comes this letter which is not only an insult to the Prime Minister of Jamaica but to every Jamaican wherever he or she may be; having this erudite gentleman gong into patois and even using the word ‘batty’ which is only used by the commonest of persons (I myself cringed as I wrote that word). Is nothing but reprehensible.

Surely enough hatred has been stirred up between the two peoples. Surely Jamaica has been sufficiently battered by every little Tom, Dick and Harry who has a grudge against that country. Can we not let the matter rest and appear to be friendly towards each other so that the bitterness does not seep down to other generations?

Let us stop throwing stones and remember that houses made of glass spring up in the most unexpected places.

Kipling Douglas