One of the things which kept the Jamaica Labor Party out of elective office after Edward Seaga lost to Michael Manley in 1988 for an unprecedented 181⁄2 years, many Jamaicans will tell you, is arrogance.
Arrogance on the part of the elites inside the party who get their tail feathers up their own asses as soon as they taste political power.
A sense of entitlement that ultimately alienates the average struggling Jamaican from a party they see as antithetical to their own interest.
The PNP a far less effective party at good governance, nevertheless has been far more effective at finding common cause with the man on the street.
The irony of ironies is that the party of (Bustamante, the traditional working guy), could effectively be propagandized and viewed as the party of uptown elites.
For better or for worse, the people voted out the JLP and gave Bruce Golding a very slim majority in September of 2007. Before he could finish the first term, Bruce Golding was forced to step aside as he was embroiled in the imbroglio of the Mannat Phelps and Phillips affair in which he alleged it was the party, not he which paid the aforenamed American law firm to lobby the American Government not to demand the extradition of transnational, now convicted and incarcerated criminal Christopher (Duddus)Coke.
Golding made way for Andrew Holness, a young man whom many saw as a new direction for the party, but the damage was done. Holness sought his own mandate, but he was roundly rejected at the polls, setting up another PNP administration, this time under the leadership of the hapless Portia Simpson Miller.
Jamaica was not necessarily a PNP country, as the comrades would like to believe or have you believe, but the majority of the Jamaican people were not happy with the decisions the JLP was making. Neither were they enamored with the elitist attitude of the party’s top-tiered functionaries.
But Holness was given a new mandate, after he demonstrated to the Jamaican people that he could humble himself and show that he cared about their needs.
On inauguration day Thursday, March 3rd. 2016 Andrew Holness was sworn in at Kings House for a second time as Prime Minister. In his inaugural address on the subject of corruption Holness said the following;
With this mandate: There is no majority for arrogance. There is no space for selfishness. There is no place for pettiness. There is no room for complacency and, There is no margin for error. I am under no illusion as to the meaning of this mandate. We have not won a prize. Instead, people are giving us a test.
But it seems that despite the many successes of the new Administration, there are some within the party whose fingers continue to have crazy glue attached.
And to the hyper-partisans, I don’t give a damn about your sudden fealty to the idea of [innocent until proven guilty]. Save it.
The latest arrests of Ruel Reid and others may not end in convictions, after all, Jamaica’s upper Saint Andrew elites do not go to prison, worse yet if they have political connections.
And so the barrage of unfortunate criticisms have started to pour out of the JLP and its minions. Delroy Chuck, whose daughter is representing Reid we are reliably informed, blasted the security forces for doing what?
Doing their jobs!
The shameless Chuck is one of the old crustaceans of Jamaican politics. One who still leeches off the Jamaican taxpayers. In a shocking display of what may amount to tampering, Delroy Chuck used his position as Minister of Justice to demean and berate the security forces for arresting his cronies, even though he admitted he did not know what evidence the security forces had.
Even if we were to set that aside, what right does a minister of government have berating the security forces for doing their job?
Worse yet, his daughter,(an attorney) is representing one of the arrested persons. While Delroy Chuck is representing the very same government under whose leadership the security forces fall.
I was stunned at the broadside and we made it known in a not too intellectual article, after which Chuck backed away from his statements, but did not apologize.
But Chuck did not back away because he saw anything wrong with his undermining the investigations with his comments, he backed away because there was pushback.
They are not quitting, they fundamentally believe that politicians and their cronies are above the nation’s laws. Young Jamaica; the youth arm of the JLP said the raids appeared staged…No one should pay attention to political party surrogates, and farm teams in my estimation, so I won’t be setting precedent here.
However, Hugh Wildman; Attorney representing Fritz Pinnock blasted the actions of the security forces; Siad Wildman “The Gestapo-like operation yesterday was solely for embarrassing persons and boosting the waning political fortunes of some.
No dude, your clients embarrassed themselves when they allowed themselves to be caught up in these allegations. Now if ever I was arrested for something I would want my lawyer to go to the mat for me, so I’m going to be lenient with Wildman, despite his unfortunate use of words.
“The Gestapo-like operation yesterday was solely for embarrassing persons and boosting the waning political fortunes of some.”
Wildman seemed to bounce from defense lawyer to political operative, needless to say, he needs to acquaint himself with exactly what Hitler’s Gestapo was. He may be more judicious with the use of that term after he does so.
The continued JLP talking point that the accused men and one woman could have been asked to come in to be charged misses the fact that there is deterrence in the perp-walk. Police have no obligation to call anyone to come in, arresting criminal suspects is the law.
What the JLP and its mouthpieces are asking for is special treatment for Reid, Pinnock, and the Parish Councillor.
The idea that any member of the Jamaican Legislative House, much less a minister of government, or the legal profession would demean the members of the security forces by using terms like Gestapo to attack them for doing their duties, demonstrates a woeful misunderstanding of what the Gestapo was and a crass attempt to overdramatize at the expense of the hard-working members of the security forces.
These ignorant statements should be directed at the thieves and fraudsters who were placed in handcuffs because of their alleged sticky fingers.
(I hope they were placed in handcuffs)
The fact that any member of the JLP would lambast the security forces for doing their sworn duties instead of chastising their cohorts for engaging in criminality, demonstrates to the nation the level of corruption and immorality which pervades this administration.
Jamaicans always believed that this party hated the police, these dumb morons are making it crystal clear.
I have no fear of being labeled a comrade. The comrades label me Laborite when I step on their corn, Oh well.….
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Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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