West Kingston Commission of Enquiry: Its own alphabet

The show goes on, again. We now have the first witness from the Jamaica Defence Force, retired Major General Stewart Saunders, former chief of defence staff, who seemed of more candour in his testimony, and in the process has contradicted several politicians’ testimony. Curious and curiouser? 

But, for levity, as the saga goes on, I’ve some thoughts on how its refining our vocabulary, as well as our understanding. 

A is attorney, asking and answering, even when not asked

B is bazooka (used to fire mortar rounds; familiar in World War 2, but unknown to Commissioner Simmons, and now commonly termed rocket launcher)

C is collaboration with foreign governments, often without knowledge of our own government 😕

D is for ‘Dudus’, ‘the President’, ‘area leader’, an escape artist

E is emergency, state of

F is firestorm

G is Golding

H is highest authority, which, interestingly, was not G

I is incursion, a term some use but others avoid

J is joint operation, and certainly not joined-up government

K is killed, as in over 70 people 

L is lines of communication, which were not what you’d reasonably expect

M is mortar rounds, fired to confuse, frighten, and disorient people more used to sounds of gunfire 😳

N is nomenclature as used by the security forces: JCF called the Tivoli incursion Operation Key West and the JDF called it Operation Garden Parish

O is operational security (aka who can you trust?)

P is protective garments for security forces, legally, and illegally obtained by criminals

Q is Queen’s Counsel, the A team players in the bench: young lawyers, watch and learn 

R is recall, often with “I don’t…”, when questions get tricky; also, responsibility, which some won’t take

S is surveillance aircraft, whether knowingly or unknowingly requested from the U.S.

T is Tivoli Committee, unclear who’s represented, but given standing, and holding it tenuously till June 29

U is for unprepared (as with more than a few attorneys, present or now absent)

V is version of events, of which few seem the same

W is witness

X is X factor, not musical talent, but made-for-television drama of decent order

Y Is yard, tenement 

Z is zinc fence mentality, and calling things ‘gardens’ doesn’t turn them into Paradise

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)