A day after the conclusion of the 75th annual convention of the Peoples National Party, I am still trying to comprehend and rationalize the antics that were on display. I unfortunately subjected myself to listen to Prime Minister’s speech which consisted of a few sentences intermixed with dancehall music. At the end of the speech I came to realize these facts:
1. Jamaican politicians put party before country.
2. The PNP administration believe that it is the faith of the people in their administration that has provided them a seat at the helm of government – I would say it was ignorance, but that’s my personal opinion.
3. The honorable PM will do as she pleases, when she pleases, and without regard for the Jamaican people. If you object, you will be considered as someone trying to “stop the progress.” Or worst yet, an enemy of the state.
4. The PM has no regard for the fact that Jamaica is comprised of people other than those who make up the poorer classes. Jamaica is one of the only countries where the valuable contribution of the middle class is ignored. By extension, the member of the upper class citizenry are as much Jamaicans as those who are poor. A leader must govern for all Jamaica, not segments of the Jamaican population.
5. The PNP will continue to disregard the people and laws of Jamaica because the Jamaican people by virtue of their vote, refuse to hold them accountable. PJ Patterson spent time listing the oversight bodies his administration implemented but he managed to ignore the numerous scandals caused by his party. Let us not forget the most recent occurrences and legacy of those we are still confronting, namely Trafigura, The Cuban lightbulb saga, and the Spauldings Market controversy.
We have a leader who is at best, a ceremonial Prime Minister who speaks only in terms of giving accolades or in matters of celebration. She has proven time and time again that she is incapable at governance and is largely ignorant of the plight of many Jamaicans, the poor included. She avoids discussing matters of national importance and when asked why she is so silent ,she responds “I speak only when I have something to say.” Therefore I must conclude that our honorable PM in her silence is clueless with regards to the current state of Jamaica and the irregularities which exist in civil society and the government. Apparently Jamaica is on the right track. The hardship we face is minuscule. Our Prime minister indicated that she understood our apprehensions as she also has to shop at the grocery store. Clearly ignorant of the fact that her salary and compensation package puts her out of the realm of the people she loves. So dearly. For those that are on the brink of being poor, I hope you can find solace in the fact that you are within reach of the PM’s affection, keep the faith.
I have grown disgruntled with the direction in which our beloved homeland. Our politicians don’t take us seriously. Politics for the most part has become a spectator sport. The annual gatherings at party conventions are merely feel good sessions meant to boost personal moral. As our leaders party we spend time suffering, and Jamaican continues to die a slow death, literally and figuratively.
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