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 »
Cabinet's approval of the 25 per cent increase in bus fares has further proved they do not care about the poor.
I admit that the JUTC's management consulted the populace for the fare increases. But it has been a great tragedy because with this raise it is the low and minimum wage earners and the unemployed who are going to suffer.
The current Government won majority seats in Parliament under the mantra 'People Power'. And Portia Simpson Miller was styled as poor people's champion. However, the Government seems to be conducting business without the people in mind.
Mrs Simpson Miller's frequent absences is noticeable, and she recently jetted off to China to woo potential investors, the results of that or any other trip seem not to reach the Jamaican public. Is this international bonding not the reason for a minister of foreign affairs and trade or a minister of commerce and investment?
The prime minister is not just a figurehead, but a representative of the people. The poor must now decide what they want. It's that simple. Do they still want to re-elect successive parties that promise change and do not deliver; who hand out a cap, shirt, drinks and box food for one day to result in a possible lifetime of continuous misery.
A government is of the people, by the people and for the people. If we do not speak, we cannot be heard and the Government must remember, if ever anything happens; 'Vox populi, Vox Dei'- the voice of the people is the voice of God.
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