At least one political commentator is of the view that the arrest of former Education Minister Ruel Reid and others could be a good thing for the Holness administration.
Kevin O’Brien Chang told BUZZ that if the matter is handled correctly it could result in huge political mileage for the administration which has sold itself as being tough on corruption.
‘The big cry of the public is that we see a lot of hanky panky going on for a long time but nobody ever got locked up.’— Kevin O’Brien Chang
“If they follow Mr Samuda’s advice — nobody is above the law, let the law take its course and let the chips fall where they may — he can come out looking good Mr Holness. The big cry of the public is that we see a lot of hanky panky going on for a long time but nobody ever got locked up,” Chang said.
“If they are found guilty it will end up looking good for Mr Holness, that ‘Hey I have taken action unlike other people in the past’.”
He said if handled properly and communication properly the circumstance could be a big boost for the Labour Party when a general election is called. However, he cautioned that if it seems that there’s any hint of a coverup naturally it will hurt him.
Meanwhile, Chang said the matter needs to be brought to trial in the quickest possible time. “The fact is these trials take a long time and the complaint of the public is that… [it] takes forever and you don’t find anything out,” he added.
— Article written by Sachina Russell