The buck stops with you, PM

Wednesday, June 18, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller.

We elected your party to govern us for five years and you allowed someone whom we do not even know to take decisions that is going to affect the over two million of us living on this little island.

I am talking about the contractor general, Dirk Harrison, who is responsible for the breaking up of the signed agreement entered into with an international company, EWI, who were contracted to build a power plant that would have resulted in us paying much less than the oppressive light bills we are receiving from the Jamaica Public Service Company every month.

As you are aware, many people have been electrocuted in their effort to steal the product and many more have been hauled before the courts. However, even more serious than this is that many companies who are still foolish enough to call themselves manufacturers will soon have to close their doors and lay off thousands of people.

What you must remember is that your government is not held in high esteem by the powerbrokers of this world ever since they introduced a levy on the bauxite companies without proper consultation in the 1970s. In fact, I do not believe they have forgiven us, hence the parlous state of the bauxite industry, with Alcoa now pulling out after 55 years.

The super-rich of this world all know each other, so when you embarrass one, as you did with EWI, you embarrass all.

You can expect more investors to think twice before doing business with your government. And what is most unfortunate is that you, the person elected by the people, "had nothing to do with it".

Ken Spencer

Kingston 8

ken3_1999@yahoo.com

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