James Robertson resigned as Minister of Energy when he lost his visa. Then Wikileaks gave us this cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2007/09/07KINGSTON1470.html
Here’s a snippet:
26.(C) In 2004, Robertson was named along with fellow JLP members, Shahine Robinson and Horace Chang, as being involved with money laundering and organized crime by local sources. According to DEA sources he was involved with Norris Nembhard, a drug kingpin awaiting deportation to the U.S. The source alleged that RobertsonQs father, Ishmael Robertson, was forced to hand over acres of land to settle his sonQs drug debts to Nembhard. Robertson has also has had frictions with fellow JLP stalwarts in the past. In 2003 he defeated Babsy Grange as Deputy Leader, and caused her to lose her composure and shout expletives from the podium during a party conference. In the past he also was critical of Bruce Golding for not standing up to Seaga earlier and for walking away and forming the new party instead of fighting it out. These past frictions maybe the reason why Robertson was given the most minor Cabinet post of all 18 nominees. However, because of his long service and current rank within the party, Golding was unable to completely bypass him for the Cabinet.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke shocked many Jamaicans by not going to trial, pleading guilty and then begging for mercy. Best line from Mr Coke:-
“I’m pleading guilty because I am,” said Coke, who faces up to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced in December.
We’ve always heard that the baddest Jamaicans crumble when faced with real time in a real U.S. prison. So we hear it and so it go…..
And now, Bruce Golding is also “pleading guilty because I am”…….Maybe he could have survived the Manatt/Dudus enquiry, but not the confirmation by Wikileaks that he lied, lied and lied some more…..
So congratulations Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. You are locked up in America and locked down in England, and taking down politicians and dons across the globe.
Take it away, Tom Lehrer:
We will all go together when we go…
Now here in Jamaica we can have fun trying to figure out the real connections between these three men (….did Dudus send message for Bruce to resign?….. did Harold Brady play his card ?…..did James say he’s not going to prison if he can possibly sell out everyone he’s ever known or ever met ?…..) and speculate on who’s next: