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Tribal politics hurting us all around

Friday, September 08, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Every day since February 25, 2016, the People's National Party (PNP) has tried to be a proverbial thorn in the flesh of the Government. The irony about this is that most of their pronouncements and accusation reeks of desperation and a sudden epiphany of omnipotence and omniscience.

While in Government they were bereft of ideas, but overnight, since February 26, 2016, they all became Einsteins.

What is clear is that there is an agenda against the Government. The aim, obviously, is to discredit and destabilise the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-led Government.

Some media houses are just as guilty!

I believe the time has come for heads of associations, federations, interest groups, and trade unions to say openly their political affiliation, because their actions are speaking clearer and far louder than their words. Over the years the actions of the trade unions have shown incredible alignment. When their party is doing wrong and wrecking the country they are silent, but they constantly have a dissenting voice when the other party is in office.

Look at things now; if the PNP didn't contain crime, how do they expect it to change in less than two years of a JLP Government? We need to ask ourselves where was the Opposition recently when Rockfort, south-west St Andrew, Maxfield Avenue, and other PNP enclaves was under the gun day and night? Why were they so quiet?

By the way, has anyone asked the Jamaica Constabulary Force how did the Opposition get the correct murder figures regarding Mount Salem, while the Government got wrong figures? As well, ask the trade unions, associations and federations why they were so willing to accept a wage freeze and a three per cent wage increase from the PNP recently, but now they are rejecting six per cent from the JLP and talking about a ridiculous and impractical 60 per cent wage increase.

The PNP and their cloaked cronies appear to be a divisive and dangerous sect. Their actions mirror cultism and opportunistic behaviours at the highest levels and we would do well as a nation to beware of them and stay alert.

Joseph Edwards





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