On politicians and their folly ways

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Fifty-six years post-Independence and we seem to have no answers to the problems that confront us.

There is no way we can claim growth when crime continues to trend on a steady continuum. The reduction numbers publicised for murders, break-ins or rapes compared to the same period last year are hardly accomplishments we can lay claim to. But if I know nothing, I know one thing for sure: Tribalistic politics will be the very death of us as a nation.

While we common folks shrivel and lament and 'band our bellies', if the politicians don't begin to act right, as leaders, there is no way on God's green Earth we can look forward to Jamaica's overall growth. Politicians should know that it cannot continue like this; if nothing changes, then nothing changes. They need to start taking crime, inflation, their very jobs seriously.

I am tired of watching news at night and feeling ashamed at the very people who are said to be representing us. Day after day it is the same thing. But this is one norm I refuse to accept.

Dennis Brown said, “Jah look upon the faces of man to see if there was any worthy; no, no, not one.” I share the same sentiments whenever I see politicians arguing, bashing or being blatantly being rude to each other. I am not sure who they think they are representing, but I cannot relate to any of them, not when they carry on like that. Until they start taking their jobs seriously they would have lost my trust and faith in their politics, which makes it increasingly difficult for me to believe they have any real plans for Jamaica's development.

When Marcus Garvey alluded to the black man needing a government and men of big affairs, I am 100 per cent sure he could not, would not have conceptualised this.

There are people who believe in Jamaica's future as a prosperous nation and are undoubtedly willing to come on board and do what needs to be done, but if tribalistic politics continues to be at the helm, then I know Jamaica is a ship forever lost at sea.

Committed Jamaican

van18jackson@gmail.com

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