When ‘policing’ is State oppression: freedom to speak?-July 28, 2021

It’s worth keeping an eye on where an interesting incident goes, as the Jamaica Constabulary Force did a hasty reverse step, after apprehending a man who uttered public criticism of the PM. The charges have now been dropped, but matters of civil rights are still to be resolved:

Does the PM have rights higher than others in terms of public respect? If so, why?

People in countries like Jamaica are often deferential and think that ‘position’ alone demands a certain level of subservience. Given freedom of speech provisions in our Charter of Rights, it’s not clear that the framers saw any as being privileged in this regard, as far as public utterances go.

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. :)