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NIDS ruling saved Peter Phillips's and Julian Robinson's careers

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The People's National Party President Dr Peter Phillips and General Secretary Julian Robinson must know that they were on the chopping block due to them losing their ninth-safest seat according the 2016 General Election margin of victory.

Phillips was blamed for Damion Crawford losing the recent by-election in Portland Eastern, while others blamed and questioned Julian Robinson's organisational skills as general secretary.

Fast-forward eight days later from the historic victory of Ann-Marie Vaz and the Jamaica Labour Party on April 4 and we have the Supreme Court of Jamaica ruling in favour of the Opposition People's National Party, saying that the proposed national identification system (NIDS) is unconstitutional.

Other from this ruling being the victory of the Jamaican people and our constitution, the fact that the challenge was mounted by the People's National Party and Julian Robinson makes them look good.

I am also happy for this ruling because it showed me Chief Justice Bryan Sykes is a conservative, independent-thinking constitutionalist, who uses common sense. This means he is a man who will follow our constitution and not try to change it in the name of liberalism or to honour those who appointed him.

As a Labourite, I am very happy that this ruling will likely save Peter Phillips's career as the president of the People's National Party.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann


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