I am angry though totally not surprised that coming upon a year since the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) took over the government it has not figured out a way to deal with crime.
There is no excuse for the Administration , it has had more than ample time to figure out at least that there will never be prosperity of any kind for the Jamaican people unless they are reoriented away from the acceptance of criminality as a way of life onto a path of sustainability through hard work , education and their entrepreneurial spirit.
The (JLP) is not a party of total dunces , so there can be no legitimate claim of bringing prosperity to the people in this cesspool of murder and mayhem.
There are people within the party who fundamentally understand the cumulative negative effect crime has on societies.
According to a study done by (uc.davis.edu) early life experiences appear likely to have an especially strong influence on the development of criminality because individuals acquire their traits sequentially.
This makes it all the more important that a way be found toward reorienting the nation away from this love affair it has with crime and crime figures.
Jamaica has had more than enough warnings that this cancer of crime is not getting better . In fact the Island’s criminals in 2010 showed what they had previously not demonstrated , that is that they are not afraid to challenge the very legitimacy of the state.
That opportunity should never have been wasted. A decisive blow should have been dealt the criminal underworld . It was not done.
The people’s national party did not support an extension of the limited state of emergency the JLP administration wanted. The PNP has dozens of garrisons and hundreds of criminal thugs under arms.
The (JLP) administration could have gone ahead and gotten that approval from the Governor General if it wanted to, let’s remind ourselves of that fact. The administration chose not to for purely political purposes..
The larger issue however was not about who supported an extension of a limited state of emergency as against who did not.
The larger issue is about the failure of both parties to come together and face up to the fact that the garrison system they both supported was indeed an existential threat to the country.
Instead both parties went to their respective corners hardened in their desire to continue with their narrow partisan ambitions to place personal and partisan gain over the welfare of the country.
This confirms what most people already knew, that both parties are part of the problem and are unlikely to be a part of the solution.
We sow an act and reap a habit: We sow a habit and reap a character: We sow a character and reap a destiny. William Black (1893.
The root causes of crime [are] poverty, unemployment, underemployment, racism, poor health care, bad housing, weak schools, mental illness, alcoholism, single-parent families, teenage pregnancy, and a society of selfishness and greed. Patrick V. Murphy (1985) former NYPD Commissioner.
The challenge for the administration has always been and still remain how to craft a way forward in light of the existing realities while dealing with the existential threat the nation faces as a result to the worsening crime situation.
It has had ample time to craft a serious strategy while in opposition (critics go to hell), it clearly did not do so.
Selling prosperity to people in a cesspool of crime and insecurity is like selling baskets to people who are in desperate need of containers to hold water.
Crime on the Island is not a thing which can be set to the side. It is an ever increasing phenomenon which will ultimately envelope the country and all within it . Grill fortifications have serious limitations.
There is no solution to the Island’s crime problem which will not result in dirty hands. There is no solution which will not elicit howls of condemnation from monday morning quarterbacks and grandstanding pontificates.
Jamaica is not a developed country.
Applying beautiful wallpaper to brittle old walls does not a house make. It creates a safety hazard for prospective occupants of that house. Crumbling walls creates a serious hazard for people living within those walls.
People living in a country with a faux sense of security are prone to having serious wakeup calls , or probably not waking up at all.
The Country has been misled for decades., Jamaica has been led by a few people most of whom attended the same University which is by and large a cauldron of left wing ideology.
They make the rules, they control all of the power.
Defense Attorneys double as Legislators, who head Garrisons, the Garrisons are kept in place by hoodlums who kill, extort and terrorize citizens into submission.
The lawyer/politician/member of parliament all in the body of one person is friend to the judge who is hearing the case which he is defending the murdering thug from the garrison.
The attorney and the trial judge drink at the same spot. They are part of the same little penny-millionaire club. They coexist within the same small space.
What made you think you were about to receive justice when your kid is gunned down by someone with a little money to spread around?
What made you believe you mattered?
The average person hasn’t mattered since the Island supposedly gained its independence. They do not matter now.
Criminal defense lawyers and people who head garrisons are not going to all of a sudden become rational law and order legislators.
The likes of KD Knight, Delroy Chuck, AJ Nicholson, Mark Golding, etal were never going to be stalwarts fighting for the demise of criminality.
Granted that there are many more within both political parties who surely will not support strong legislation to reduce crime we also understand that as a rule the People’s National Party has zero intention of rooting out crime from the country.
The small city-state of Singapore is held up by many in Jamaica as a place modeled after the Jamaican system of government. Singapore according to wikipedia is noted for its effective, pragmatic and incorrupt governance and civil service, which together with its rapid development policies, is widely cited as the “Singapore model”.
While Jamaicans are quick to talk about the economic gains made by Singapore within a short span of time what they neglect to talk about is the strict laws which govern the small city state nation. There is a mandatory death penalty for murder, as well as for certain aggravated drug-trafficking and firearms offences.
Amnesty International always quick to point out perceived faults of small developing nations, argues that Singapore’s system conflicts with the presumption of innocence.
What is important is that according to Transparency International Singapore has been rated one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
Additionally the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index ranked Singapore among the top countries surveyed with regard to “order and security”, “absence of corruption”, and “effective criminal justice.wikipedia.
There is much hand-wringing in certain quarters regarding the actions being undertaken by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Nicknamed “the punisher” for his hard-line approach to tackling crime while he was mayor of Davao city in the country’s south, Duterte had made fighting drug crime one of the main platforms of his election campaign.
Call Duarte whatever you want, but there is no denying that he recognizes the rampant criminality which is utterly destroying the very fabric of his country.
Duarte assured the police he would defend them if they were faced with charges of violating human rights while carrying out his anti-drug campaign.
No one has this kind of balls in our criminally complicit country.
Whether one endorses Duarte’s methods is not the issue . The issue is that President Rodrigo Duarte understands the existential threat crime and corruption poses to the Philippines and he is taking a stand.
Whether one agreed with the methods of Los Pepe in Colombia in that nation’s struggles against becoming a narco state does not matter. What mattered is that the actions of los pepes saved Colombia from the choking tentacles of narco terrorism which seriously threatened the existence of that country.
Allowing a few grandiose unexposed penny millionaires who all attended a small third world college to cause the death of an entire country much larger than Singapore should never be tolerated.
President Duarte told the Judiciary in his country “I will impose “martial law” if you infringe upon my plan to eradicate drugs and corruption our country —
Jamaican judges, legal scholars, and it’s elites should never be allowed to stop concrete measures to seriously send a clear message that crime will not be tolerated.
Unfortunately this government does not have the balls to do it.
So the people will eventually have to do it on their own sadly.……