‘Let Social Partners find answers to crime’

The man responsible for maintaining law and order in Parliament and keeping legislators in check is calling on the Social Partnership to work on a comprehensive approach to crime and violence.

With the country experiencing a surge in crime, including gun killings, Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington today said the Social Partners, comprising Government, the labour movement and the private sector, should come together in search of answers to the scourge.

Delivering the Democratic Labour Party’s regular Friday lecture at the party’s headquarters in George Street, St Michael, Carrington argued that crime had the capacity to undermine the social and economic gains made by previous leaders.

Therefore, he said, it ought not be seen as a party political issue, and the social partners should be involved in identifying solutions.

“The Social Partnership has in the past developed successful policy positions on matters such as HIV/AIDS awareness and education, occupational health and safety, and chronic non-communicable diseases. We talk about the Social Partnership at this time dealing with economic matters. But is it too much to ask that the Social Partnership also work on a comprehensive approach to the issue of crime and violence? I do not think it is too much to ask.

“Yes, what is happening with the economy is important, but the same capital, the same labour, the same Government, it seems to me can come together and deal with the problem of crime,” Carrington said in his lecture entitled, After the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, What?

The Member of Parliament for St Michael West  also challenged the country’s youth to get involved in politics.

Carrington argued that while the youth claimed that the future belonged to them, they appeared unwilling to be involved in the affairs of state.

Instead, he suggested, many of them preferred activities that were less than wholesome, and made excuses for their passivity.

“I am sorry I have to lump all of them together, because there are some exceptions. The average young persons in my view are out liming, or they at home peering at a screen, on social media, watching a movie or playing games. My simple question to our youth is, is it not time for you to stop finding and making excuses and get seriously involved in the political process? I say that because whenever you talk about the low voter turn out, about how young people do not vote, you hear about how the politicians get in the House of Assembly and talk foolishness. They say it does not make sense listening to politicians. That may be true, but if the future is yours, take it with both hands and run with it. Stop the excuses.”

In the wide-ranging presentation, the Speaker also addressed social issues, suggesting that Barrow had been concerned about how the most vulnerable in the society were treated, and would have wanted today’s leaders to do the same.

“When I speak about the most vulnerable, I am not speaking about those of us who may have had to make a little adjustment here and there to our standard of living temporarily in order to deal with present difficulties. I am speaking about those in a similar position to the working poor, the voiceless and the disadvantaged of the Barrow era. I am speaking basically about those who cannot do any better,” he said.

28 Responses to ‘Let Social Partners find answers to crime’

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 9, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Really, you are the goverment the biggest social partner their is on BIM we take our qu from you or we are suppose too! so you all have farmed out your responsibility to have a safe island and streets.
    You see this fellow citizens the DLP is a poor excuse for a governing party and does not deserve to run our island ever again.
    His words or lack their off is proof positive that you have a tired sorry pass the buck bunch of fools in charge.
    VOTE BLP next election. Save us from these brain dead wazzocks.

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd September 9, 2017 at 12:28 am


    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 9, 2017 at 12:31 am

      Too many drunking orgies and debauchery going on at his place I would not even want to go there. Kmsl

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 9, 2017 at 12:33 am


  3. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 9, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Lord have mercy.

  4. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite September 9, 2017 at 1:51 am

    These same brain dead people did not want advice from the other social partners on the economy, but want suggestions on crime, really. A bunch of idiots.

  5. Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Now you see why no other race takes so called black people seriously. Walk all over their a$$e$.

  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 9, 2017 at 2:44 am


  7. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood September 9, 2017 at 4:41 am

    In what Ali ? Prison

  8. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 9, 2017 at 5:25 am


  9. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan September 9, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Now I am really disappointed in you as a politician who was elected by the people to represent them!

  10. Dawn-Marie Rawlins
    Dawn-Marie Rawlins September 9, 2017 at 6:51 am

    It really is silly season. U kind sir have been a representative of a constituency for how long now?? Are u saying that u and your colleagues have no answers??

  11. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton September 9, 2017 at 6:54 am

    He should be the last person to talk about crime.

  12. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 9, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Another admission of failure by this government.

  13. Shawn Phillips
    Shawn Phillips September 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Carrington argued that crime had the capacity to undermine the social and economic gains made by previous leaders. Lol what about the present

  14. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy September 9, 2017 at 8:14 am

    ummm … sir if the Social Partners were to so do, YOU might have found yourself in the precincts of HMS Dodds a long time ago, and not the halls of Parliament … study that!

  15. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson September 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Ask us NOW to be social partners after 16 yrs telling us to go to….only thing we will do for the DLP…IS YOUR FIRED……

  16. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    There is a saying “when you don’t know what to say , it’s better to keep your mouth shut”.

  17. Sherla Gilkes
    Sherla Gilkes September 9, 2017 at 8:34 am

    So disapointed with this bunch getting bid salaries to do what? We really need help with all that is happening these days some people only think of them selves.

  18. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott September 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

    This man shouldn’t even be working after taking clients money and not doing his job as a lawyer … but who is to say

  19. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott September 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Big ass STUPSE

  20. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Stop passing the damm buck sir…give the Law enforcement a bloody mandate …you fat cats should remove frigging ugly mug off the frontpage …action sir!! Speakes louder than words

  21. Adrian Odle
    Adrian Odle September 9, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I honestly think these people are getting out of place now…

  22. hcalndre September 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Is this the party that is asking to be re-elected? A sorry bunch of clueless, pompous politicians. Can you believe he is asking the Social Partners (whoever they are) and others for ideas to fight the crime? Where is the Police, the AG. the CJ and the party that is paid to see that the citizens of the country are safe. The best thing that this incompetent bunch should do, give up the government and enjoy the taxpayers` money where ever you will be.

  23. chris hill September 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    arrogant, stupid, crazy, indifferent, immoral, this is now the extreme act of a drunken lunatic. just call the election so that WE THE PEOPLE CAN FIRE YOU!!!!!


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