JLP Gov't should stay focused

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I am still a bit confused by a letter to the editor in the Jamaica Observer from someone who signed as “Upset Supporter”. The person is without a doubt a supporter of the People's National Party (PNP) and is bitter with Dr Wykeham McNeill in his role as spokesperson for tourism.

The fundamental concern from the writer is the number of PNP supporters who have been removed from key posts in the tourism ministry.

It is easy to see that there is a lot of bitterness around towards this Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government as it puts the country on a pathway to growth and development. This country was run for over 18 consecutive years by the PNP, from 1989 and 2007, and any sensible person would agree that they did a not-so-good job at it. It should, therefore, come as no surprise then that the new Government has decided to place qualified and competent supporters in a handful of roles to get its agenda moving forward. Any Government which enjoyed such a long run in power would have essentially captured the public sector, so a bit of house-cleaning is at times required. This is standard practice elsewhere.

Nevertheless, many do their job well while others are hell-bent on sabotaging any JLP Government. With the JLP so far behind by being out of office for so long, it is most vulnerable and just cannot take the same risks like in its previous term in office.

My advice to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his Government is to carry on with the job of leading this country to prosperity. The JLP needs at least two terms to properly prove itself, and so far no one can deny that this team is trying. The two solid JLP terms starting 1962 had Jamaica experiencing the highest growth and development rates in history.

These days, crime management is getting a level of focus it has never got before. Our foreign policy is very sensible and practical. The finance portfolio has matured in its decision-making. The tourism sector is booming and getting a level of attention to detail like never before. Roads are being fixed and widened all over Kingston and other parts. Businesspeople, in general, are confident about the country's future. And, agriculture seems to be turning the corner.

Carry on, Prime Minister Holness, carry on.

Chase Williams

Orlando, Florida, USA

chaswilliam12@gmail.com

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