For posterity sake, it’s worth putting a few words out concerning the sad case of the Cabinet minister who thought it was a good idea to go out with friends on no-movement day and celebrate a friend’s birthday at a hotel, with their their open disregarding of the COVID restrictions most others were observing, with champagne, no less.
The video that went viral was clear enough:
Calls for Green’s resignation came fast, as did a few excuses such as those claiming the event had not happened during a no-movement day. Sadly, even if that had been true, there was the bothersome matter of a member of government openly dismissing the policy that he had a hand in approving and supposedly upholding. Collective responsibility in government means something. What was the mood regarding such responsibilities to a gaggle of partying friends, some wondered.
Green’s resignation came within the day and the video he circulated with an apology had the right touch of contrition and sincerity:
Other principals, including JLP Councillor (Mona Division) Andrew Bellamy, also fell on their swords, quickly:
So, too, did Gabrielle Hylton, a representative on several boards, for whom the ‘birthday’ bash was held:
“Floyd Green, this is your life,” to share the entry words of Eamonn Andrews.
I think that, over recent days, some well-considered and crafted opinons have been published in our mainstream media, so I will share those, and many of the sentiments they express.
The Gleaner’s Editorial struck a good tone and stance:
So, too, did the Observer:
Other opinions this weekend have also shown thoughtful observations on the misdeeds and the possible future. First. Orville Taylor:
Second, Dr. Alfred Dawes:
The PM has ‘referred’ the video over to police and people will want to see how even-handed the law will be in dealing with DRMA infraction:
Opposition piranhas were circling fast. They rightly called for resignations
They seemed a bit over eager calling for more heads to roll:
The agriculture portfolio has been passed to Audley Shaw:
Path to rehabilitation is already being outlined by the PM, pointing to a greater role for Green in Parliament:
Finally, the online petition seeking green’s reinstatement will likely be a matter of historical or hysterical interest, I think.