After returning from a five-day official visit to the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, in her first public speech, at a People's National Party Region Three address on Friday, September 6, indicated that "our economy is in trouble and the people are suffering".
It appears that we are getting mixed messages from the People's National Party (PNP) camp, as it is a direct contradiction of what Peter Phillips recently stated that "we have passed the worse".
In addition, on August 27, 2013, Colin Bullock, the director-general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, declared that the Jamaican economy is expected to record growth ranging 0.5 to 1.5 per cent in 2013.
Sadly, madam prime minister professed that she loves the poor, and the people are suffering. It has been months since we have heard from her, and when she finally speaks, she is telling the people something that they are well aware of. It appears that she may have just woken up and has a moment of clarity that the economy is in shambles.
To go a step further to educate madam prime minister as to why the economy is in trouble, it is that the ministers make a lot of major announcement of projects that they fail to execute.
On September 4, 2013 The World Economic Forum's 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report, which looks at policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country, noted that Jamaica is ranked 94 out of 148 countries, due to the level of corruption and government bureaucracy, etc.
In addition, to her non performing ministers, just recently a website, toptensworld.com, ranked minister of Youth and Culture, Hanna fourth among the worst politicians on the planet. Also, Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke has dropped the ball totally as he is busy daggering comrades at a party event, while not paying attention to the shortage of chicken back.
Madam Prime Minister, so far you have not fulfilled your economic duties having been given the overwhelming mandate to make right the economy. When I think about it, though, your pronouncement should not have been a surprise, as you indicated in the past that you do not watch TV, so you may not be privy to the news that is being reported of the people suffering.
The country is a blind man, being led by blind mice straight into the sea by the musical sound of neglect by the one and only champion prime minister.