KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has admitted that it has lost its control over social interventions programming in most communities, but believes that with sustained government support it can carry on its work.
The issue came up Wednesday, as the weekly meeting of Parliament's Public Adminis ...more »
Amid the fanfare and intense advertising that preceded the official launch of Audley Shaw's bid to unseat Andrew Holness as leader of the JLP, I ensured that I took time out of my day to watch the televised launch.
Of particular concern to me however, were the statements made by persons endorsing Shaw and the mundane speech by the leadership aspirant himself.
First of all, persons such as Gregory Mair, Daryl Vaz and Christopher Tufton sought to decry the state of the JLP; failing to recognise that the shortcomings they outlined could not reasonably be attributed solely to Holness.
That aside, it was apparent that many of those who came out endorsing Shaw were contradictory in their remarks. It was evident that on the one hand they lamented the leader-centric profile and nature of the party, but in another breath they went on and on about Shaw's alleged ability to woo the electorate. They need to determine what it is that they stand for and iron out the contradiction in their argument.
Then came the biggest disappointment of all — that flat and uninspiring speech by Shaw. Suffice it to say, Shaw came up short. Instead of placing the leadership contest into context and outlining his plans and vision for the JLP and Jamaica in a strident and compelling manner, Shaw did little more than spew empty platform rhetoric.
He gave no credible indication as to how he would be achieving any of the grandiose things he spoke of. He made mention of the need for more universities, infant schools with appropriate provisions for nutrition, and an end multiple murders per day. That is all well and good, but we need specifics. It behoves the leadership aspirant, now more than ever, to go a step further by telling us how he would go about achieving the utopian things he outlined, were he to be given the nod as JLP leader come November.
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