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This Andrew Holness is not 'Bro Gad'

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

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Dear Editor,

In recent months, people in the Jamaica Labour Party and in certain media circles have continuously promoted the prime minister as “Bro Gad”. In a desperate effort to get him to reconnect with the people of the time, they have referred to him by this latest name in the street.

Let us examine the word, or should I say the phrase Bro Gad. The term is highly used in the street as a form of respect given to a brother who takes care of his fellow brothers and sisters by making their lives better off. The song Bro Gad, done by Daddy1, speaks about giving his friends a slice of the cake, and if you disrespect his friend you will make him mad, and how others should show loyalty to each other. He also speaks about a person who is considered to be 'badmind' and doesn't like to see others strive. This is a street code that is highly used by the youth in the ghetto to protect others and show respect to each other and live a certain type of lifestyle.

The question one should ask before calling the prime minister the above name is how has he made your life better off within the past four years. Has he done enough as a prime minister for the people to be called a “Bro” and a “Gad”? Is your life better off since he has become prime minister of Jamaica? What has he done to make you say that he deserves such a title?

I can understand a person within his circle who he has promoted into various positions and has given the opportunity to travel the world at the expense of the taxpayers of this country. This is a show of giving his friends a slice of the cake.

Here is why I think some people have a problem with the name and won't call him Bro Gad.

Jamaica is currently facing a crisis within the health sector as it relates to the amount of people who have died from dengue-related issues, including children. Before he became prime minister, I remember he said that he could hear the cries of the babies dying. Dengue has killed several babies within recent months, why is it that he is not hearing the cries of these babies or the pain of these mothers? Why is he not crying for the resignation of the minister of heath? Is this his way of showing loyalty, according to Daddy1 in his song?

Bro Gad, what about your 100 days promise, fixed election date, impeachment legislation, and the referendum on several topics? Strengthen the corruption arm so people can face the full length of the law if caught stealing from the public purse.

Who should be called Bro Gad?

The person that should get and deserve the title is the former Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness. The Andrew Holness of that time would speak for the people, cry, and demonstrate for the people. He was more compassionate about the cries of the people. He showed compassion and empathy to the dead babies of his time and the public servants who needed increases. He could relate to their cry because he grew up in a home where his parents couldn't survive with their salaries; hence, they deserved the increase.

That is the Bro Gad the country voted for; a person who was accessible to the press, who would have had several press conferences on crime, health, agriculture, finance, etc. I think the country deserves that Bro Gad they voted for, and it seems they got a six for a nine.

I say, yes, Andrew Holness is Bro Gad, but it's not the Andrew Holness, our current prime minister, it's Andrew Holness, the former leader of the Opposition.

Rashford Dinham

dinham.rasford@gmail.com


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