What will become of us?

Saturday, January 04, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

As the dust and confetti now settles post-holiday festivities, and as life on this little island slowly returns to the painful reality we call normality, one cannot help but to wonder if this year will see Government and the people continuing with business as usual.

This festivities ushered in what is undoubtedly the make-it-or-break-year for this current government spearheaded by Portia Simpson Miller. One takes keen notice that, notwithstanding the prime leadership role occupied by the prime minister, she is yet able to communicate to the long-suffering people of this country the authentic way forward.

For, let's face it, the way of the IMF cannot be the road which leads to ultimate prosperity for all Jamaicans. After the life of this programme has ended, what will become of our economy, will we see the benefits of the stable macroeconomic platform which we all have sacrificed for over these last years? What will become of our ever-increasing and absolutely untenable crime situation? Will we the law-abiding citizens continue to live in fear? And, most importantly, what will be done to heal the the social fabric of our nation which has been ripped apart by the harshness of austerity?

During the nascent days of this government's sojourn, the Progressive Agenda was touted everywhere and anywhere, especially by Madam PM. May I inquire as to what has happened to this much-touted development plan?

Noel Matherson






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