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Holness is no Hitler

Friday, May 17, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I used to have a lot of respect for Krystal Tomlinson, but it seems once some of our young people go into politics they become worse than the elders.

While I believe in the right to privacy, I don't support the right to nonsense. Calling a prime minister of Jamaica Adolf Hitler is madness.

I have seen many leftist, Comrade bloggers on Facebook for years now calling Andrew Holness a Hitler, and it seems like Tomlinson followed her leftist social media mob. I would like to know which group in Jamaica Andrew Holness targets, as did Hitler.

Adolf Hitler, in 1933, got the Enabling Act which granted him power over the Reich. That Act was supported in the name of national security and threats to other parties in the Reich.

The people of Jamaica stopped this country from becoming a one-party State under former socialist Prime Minister Michael Manley. Andrew Holness campaigned on having impeachment of parliamentarians, so the Hitler comparison doesn't make sense.

I strongly disagree with the old national identification system (NIDS), but I will never try to win an argument by calling someone Hitler. I would never call the prime minister, Adolf Hitler, because he appointed Brian Sykes as acting chief justice in the past. I also wouldn't call Holness a Hitler because of the 'lettergate' saga of the Senate letters while in Opposition.

So, because the prime minister of Jamaica is pointing out the history of a previous People's National Party (PNP) Administration on NIDS, some Comrades want him to be quiet. But we must hear the full truth: The PNP spent money on NIDS while Peter Phillips was leader of government business in the House and security minister, and he wanted to introduce mandatory biometrics.

Holness, weeks ago, said that his Cabinet is planning to redraft the NIDS Bill, which to me means that they accept the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Prime Minister Holness is a man of strong will and stubbornness to me, but that doesn't mean he should be called Hitler.

I never liked the approach of the Government in introducing the NIDS, but the prime minister should learn how to be urgent without infringing upon the rights of citizens. That still does not make him akin to Hitler.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann


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