Time for the politicians to know sacrifice


Monday, January 01, 2018

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For 250 years we have struggled under the burden and rigours of slavery. We were maimed, we were brutalised, we were ravaged in every way. We are men, we have hopes, we have passions, we have feelings, we have desires just like any other race. The cry of race all over the world, of Canada for the Canadians, of America for the Americans, of England for the English, of France for the French, or Germany for the Germans; do they think it unreasonable that we the blacks of the world should raise our cry Africa for the Africans?

The Negro is a man; we represent the new Negro. His back is not yet against the wall, we do not want his back against the wall because that would be a peculiar and desperate position. We do not want him there. It is because of this we are asking for a fair compromise. — Marcus Garvey

As I consider the current situation between the Government and public sector bodies I can't help but wonder: Is not the workman worthy of his wages? Policies have been implemented by past governments that give special consideration to past prime ministers and other past government officials that have granted them special care and continued funding even after they have demitted office. This was due to their contributions to the country and nation-building.

Teachers, doctors, police rank and file, etc, have made a claim for higher wages and, in my opinion, the Government must consider a feasible package to compensate the unsung heroes of this nation that many times are taken for granted. Do they not have feelings? Do they not have desires? Do they not have passions and would want to see their children be given hope of a brighter future?

Political parties and politicians claim they're for the people, but their actions prove otherwise on many occasions. If these politicians are truly servants and wish to serve this country in a meaningful way, I urge them to cut their salaries and benefits and put it towards the salaries of civil servants. There is this ridiculous occurrence of changing vehicles once a party takes power; stop wasting taxpayers' money with your foolish practice. The public service and the people of this nation have suffered and endured many hardships and have co-operated with whatever programmes successive governments have dragged us into.

Many of our fathers, mothers brothers, sisters and friends have been murdered. Daily our law enforcers risk their lives in ensuring that the citizens are safe; our doctors/nurses are stretched emotionally and mentally along with other public sector groups and they need to be encouraged.

So my question to the Government and the Opposition is: What have you sacrificed? Many of you are lawyers, business owners, etc, have been earning on many fronts and are still being paid by taxpayers. It is time for the people to see your reasonable sacrifice on their behalf. Your backs are not against the wall, you are not in a desperate place with tears of sorrow and dismay flowing down your cheeks. No, you are perched upon a hill comfortable in some of the best communities and secured the hardship and the reality of living in this country. Start serving the people of this nation.

Rev Kenroy Edwards is associate pastor and head of marriage and family ministry at Freedom Evangelical Association in Portmore, St Catherine. Send comments to the Observer or kenroy.edwards1@g




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