Life in Jamaica should never be as complicated and un-necessarily antagonistic as it is in her large and powerful neighbor to the north. Politics and the insatiable desire to occupy the halls of power has turned our beloved little Island Paradise into a raging inferno of fuss and chaos which is totally uncalled for.
Take for instance the recent brouhaha about the lime green bikes and accouterments recently brought in for the police. The Opposition People’s National Party has sought to make political hay out of the color claiming that the choice of color for the bikes is tantamount to politicizing the police department.
This car is sporting red streaks and lettering which could be construed to be political if we are intent on nit-picking, taking into account that the standard colors have been traditionally blue.
A closer look will also reveal another truth, the officer in the car is also wearing a lime or neon-green vest, there was no outcry about this either. This was under PNP leadership.
Australian Metropolitan Police
I have no idea what was in the mind of the Governing authority when the decision was made to chose that color which just coincidentally is the color associated with the ruling JLP, albeit a different shade.
My question to the Opposition PNP, however, is, whether they would have been offended if the color was orange or red, the party’s colors of choice?
Have we become so politically polarized that rather than work on the real pressing issues we would rather quibble over nothing?
Are we so polarized that we would actually stoop so low to make the decision to color the bikes green based on politics?
Police in London
Here’s the thing, the idea that politicizing the force should not be tolerated, (by either political party) is a valid argument to make. I am just not sure when was it that the PNP had this epiphany?
I don’t want to belabor the point, but the Opposition PNP has been in power for a very long time, the JLP is now the Governing party.
Being in opposition does not mean opposing everything, least of all, making silly arguments which only serve to embarrass the party.
(Hi Fitz Jackson)
There are many ways in which the opposition party can be the watchdog the nation deserves until the nation is ready again to entrust it with state power. At the moment that time is not yet here. Acting like a desperate psychotic brat on every issue is not a good look and it does precious little to endear the party to the electorate which is getting more and more sophisticated.
A good idea may be to retool and gather fresh perspectives to see how best the party can serve the nation in the 21st century.
One way of doing that could be shedding the party colors, and encourage the other party to do the same, a move which would have rendered this whole issue moot.
We all remember the politicizing of everything over the past 20 years, literally everything painted Orange. Come on PNP do better.
Remember this shameful episode in April of 2012
We could also continue to point to the desecration of our flag by the hyper-partisans who lacked decency and honor in the image above. The nation does not need a reminder of just how crass the PNP can be. So in the interest of our little nation let us stop with the tribal politics and this incessant rapacious attempt all aimed at making a power grab.