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Jamaica becoming a republic must not be ’empty symbolism’, says PM

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BY HORACE HINES

CORAL SPRING, Trelawny — For the first time since Barbados severed colonial ties with Britain on November 30, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday commented publicly about calls for Jamaica to follow suit. The move, he said, must not be “empty symbolism”.

“One thing that I have reflected on and that is the nation is as the nation does. There are some people who want to speak prosperity into being, speak sovereignty and independence into being. My philosophy is that we must do these things into being. We must make them happen. It must not be empty symbolism. It must be genuine, it must be borne of action that what we say, we are; it is what we are in our actions and in our achievements and in what we have done,” Holness said cryptically.

He was speaking at the official opening of the 444-suite, all-inclusive Ocean Eden Bay by H10 in Trelawny.

“I am building towards the aspiration… I spend my time not arguing over these things, I spend my time doing; because the greatest frustration is a dream not achieved,” the prime minister added.

He hinted that discussions are underway, promising to say more at the appropriate time.

“I’m certain those who have ears to hear those vague terms will understand them until it is time to have that full and direct discourse, which that process has started,” Holness said.

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