Let me lay out some issues to consider.
Prisoners & payments: Vybz Karkel, musician–in Jamaican jail for murder. Buju Banton, musician–in US jail for drugs offence. Vybz is busy releasing new music, and ‘ruling dance hall’. (He’s following in the well-trodden path of the late Tupac Shakur.)
What do people really find objectionable, though? The crimes, or the fact that prison is seemingly not full-blown hardship? Do we really believe in rehabilitation in prison?
Popularism and propriety: Some of our politicians have recently found themselves not really knowing how to walk the line between these two peas in a pod. The Gleaner took the Attorney General to task for her wobbly stroll over the US Embassy flying a rainbow flag this week: ‘enticed [by] … the pull of populism…[and] the power of myriad social-media platforms’.
During the election campaign, one MP played violence-inciting (Vybz Kartel) music at a rally.
Do they need real training before, during and after they get elected?