Jamaica’s Elite Flawed Argument For JEEP:


 A quick observation of  an expansive Article in the Sunday Gleaner of January 29th 2012 authored by veteran Journalist Ian Boyne titled :JEEP: NO LAUGHING MATTER. (jamaicagleaner.com)

Ian Boyne has long carried the stigma of having sympathy for the Jamaica Labor Party, of course it is certainly within Mr Boyne’s right to articulate a point of view irrespective of the opinions of those who disagree with him. However reading the text and coming to grips with the tone of his rather lengthy thesis, one wonders if this piece was not an attempt by Boyne to get back to left of center or in simple language an attempt to curry favor with the ruling party.

 Ian Boyne
In his Article Boyne said quote:The ILO’s particular concern is that despite large stimulus packages, these measures have not managed to roll back the 27-million increase in unemployed since the initial impact of the crisis. Clearly, the policy measures have not been well targeted. Indeed, estimates for advanced economies regarding different labour-market instruments show that both active and passive labour-market policies have proven very effective in stimulating job creation and supporting incomes.
Where does this 27 million number come from? Boyne despite his lengthy epistle failed to strike a coherent line that the average reader can attach himself to, is this a world-wide number? And if it is, how does the International labor Organization come up with this figure, when there are actually 10’s of millions of people all over the world whom are unemployed, underemployed and in some cases unemployable? That aside though, Boyne went on to talk about people who argue for a market driven economy in disparaging terms using slangs like ” neoliberal” to describe the Jamaica Labor Party platform of a market driven, market necessary, economic model that must be at the center of  growth and developement. Accusing a conservative party like the JLP of having what he characterizes as neoliberal suggests that Boyne just acquired that terminology into his vocabulary and is not yet sure what it mean, it is actually an oxymoron .

 It does not take this entire boring thesis to say so very little . What are you doing talking about neoliberal perspective in the same sentence with the JLP? The JLP has never been a liberal party and still isn’t, what country are you living in? And while we are on that subject, the policies Boyne are espousing and lauding, giving credit to the PNP, was recently revealed to be the brain-child of the JLP.

 Austerity as we have seen in countries like Greece Italy and others is exactly the wrong way to go . whenever Government pulls back on expenditure so does the economy , if the economy constricts there are less job creation that is economics one-o- one. I am unaware of the origins of these voodoo economic arguments , of course the market place is exactly the correct creator of jobs and not government, how are government jobs sustainable if they are not backed by a solid and vibrant private sector which is the real engine of income generation? Market economy requires discipline and dedication ,it will not happen overnight, but when it does it  does launch disciplined countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and others to include Brazil into prosperity. Many nations like China and others are now shifting away from the failed socialist big government policies that have kept their populations impoverished for generations. Yet his doctoral thesis seem to be suggesting that cheap government handouts camouflaged as jobs, which by the way are going to be paid for with borrowed money, is somehow a net positive for Jamaica. I am sorry  but if that is the general mindset, and it might be, based on the results of the last elections,then God help Jamaica.   I cannot believe anyone would quote bodies like the ILO as credible organizations on job creation and sustainable growth . Boyne’s article is about three decades late .

Boyne seem to believe that the economic boom that China and Brazil has experienced was as a result of rigid Governmental control and administration over their economies. The opposite is true, relinquishing Government death-grip on economic activity was exactly what large populations like the aforementioned two had to do to start seeing economic growth and yes an explosion in employment through globalization.

For the record ,there is no evidence that these economies are flourishing because of government, in fact there is factual evidence that because companies can do business with these countries, taking advantage of cheaper labor and less bureaucracy, their economies have been significantly helped.

The need to put idle hands to work cannot be over-emphasized, it is rather important that we find work for our youths. People must have hope, young people graduating from schools must have something to look forward to, I am in agreement with Boyne on that, but  Boyne is wrong in believing that the country can afford to throw borrowed money away on work that bear no fruits and offers no positive return. Boyne had this to say :

FDR created the Civil Works Administration (CWA) in November 1933 as the US headed into its fifth depression winter. CWA did not offer tax breaks. Unemployed people were put to work. In a fascinating article in the December issue of Harper’s magazine (‘More government, please!’), Thomas Frank says CWA “did not wait for grand projects to be fleshed out: It simply sent people into the nation’s public spaces to rake leaves, shovel snow, fix roads, dig ditches and so on. The programme’s administrator, Roosevelt confidant Harry Hopkins, had famously spent more than US$5 million in his first two hours as a federal official. At the CWA, he found jobs for four million people in two months.”

News Flash Mister Boyne, America did not borrow that money it paid out to its people, secondly America is one of a few countries which can print money and to some degree hold inflation down because of its ability to create goods and services for others to consume. Secondly monies spent by Franklin Delano Roosevelt was spent on maintaining existing infrastructure and building others. What JEEP proposes to do is to siphon off borrowed money designated for infrastructural developement to unsustainable crash-programme handouts by politicians.

Havent we been down this road before? Haven’t we seen these policies before? Have they made Jamaica better? Yet in the next sentence Boyne turned right around and said this:

It is true that emergency public works programmes are just that – emergency, unsustainable work. But no one can accurately estimate the benefits of finding work, for even a short period, for some idle hands – for whom the Devil can find lots of work.

Clearly Boyne misses his own point, on the one hand he seem to understand the simple concept, that crash-programme work is unsustainable, and costly , yet on the other he espouses it arguing the negative, that no one can accurately estimate the benefits of finding work for idle hand if only for a short time, whilst in the same breath making the case for what he himself said, quote: (“no one can accurately estimate“).

These are the same tired old arguments which have been used time and again by elitist  lazy socialists who want nothing but scraps to fall from the table of the rich to the floor so that the underclass may fight over them. They continue to argue for the most labor intensive of employment even as the industrial age has passed and we are in a completely immersed in a digital age. So Boyne and the proponents of crash programme argues for temporary de-bushing of gullies while the people who do the work floss with their iPhone’s. The proponents of crash programme work fail to come to terms with the stark facts in our country. Jamaicans have more cell phones and other tech-gismos than most people in industrialized developed countries, where do they get the money to purchase these devices, does anyone seriously believe giving borrowed money to political hacks will solve our problems,? If they want to make a difference with borrowed money how about spending it on skills training? That way the country may see some returns on it’s investments. Jamaicans continue to pretend that our country is marching toward  first world status when the reverse is true, we are trying to build a 21st century country on a 20th century economy. The Soviets tried building a 20th century military on a 19th century infrastructure, history is replete with instances like these . The definition of a fool is someone who does the same thing and expects a different result.

Sorry Ian Boyne you do make sense on occasion, this is not one of those occasions.

Those who support (JEEP) are simply trying to relieve their conciences of the guilt they feel at  seeing the poorest of our people struggle to survive, unable to provide for their families through the dignity of work. That is a tragedy, I’m just not sure if relieving one’s conscience will be enough to compensate for the cries of the poor this time around.


















Daily Gleaner’s Manipulation Of The Public.


Gleaner caption
Gleaner caption

Readers of Jamaica’s Daily Gleaner the mouthpiece for the People’s National Party, and JFLAG the homosexual lobby group in that country woke up to this subtle manipulation in that once prestigious medium, under the title.


Portia Simpson MillerAndrew Holness

The art of subtle manipulation, but manipulation nonetheless, portraits of Simpson Miller and Andrew Holness not after an election,but before the election. Yet this medium claim to be fair.

Take a look at the portrait of Holness, contemplative , sad, dejected, confused, tired,bewildered, any of the aforementioned adjectives would have been appropriate in describing this profile. Conversely look at Miller, happy, confident, vibrant, composed, all of the latter adjectives would also be appropriate in describing her. This medium takes you all for fools, they believing you are incapable of understanding the subtle art of visual manipulation, or the impact a picture has on the brain which is wired to recognize these variables and store them. An undecided voter going into the voting booth will remember both portraits and make their decision on which person they feel will win based on their demeanor. This is the kind of disdain that the elite has for ordinary Jamaicans, one never knows when this level of disrespect will ever stop.

As a boy growing up in Jamaica I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Gleaner, this was the only newspaper in Jamaica at the time of course, there was the evening  tabloid, the Star. The paper was brought into my District by the Postman, who either rode a bicycle or walked, with a sack of mail which he delivered to our Postal Agency , “Posie” as we lovingly called him, delivered the Gleaner to one of our community’s most respected elders who operated a shop close to the Postal Agency. Mister Small would read the paper from cover to cover, allow his  customers to also read it, but he would take great  care to save the paper for me so that on my way home from Primary school I could read it. He understood how much I loved to read, he also understood my keen interest in politics and everything current .

RIP Mister Small !

Under the leadership of Oliver Clarke the Gleaner weathered many storms and endured, to be revered as the pre eminent news-paper not just in Jamaica but in the entire Caribbean. One thing the Editorial Board  recognized from early , was that the pathway to a better Jamaica was not through pandering to the base desires of the moment , but was hinged on laying the foundation for education and strong nation building, the frame-work for a better future. As a result the Gleaner was criticized for its conservative position. As such for years many accused it of being supportive of the Jamaica Labor Party, the truth is, what the Gleaner supported was a sustainable path to nation building, not a path of dependency .  This however did not deter Michael Manley from leading a rabid mob of his supporters in the 70’s to the Gleaner’s offices on North Street threatening with clenched fists “next time, next time” No other Political leader has ever been so brazen as to overtly threaten the press and the function it has in protecting our freedoms, and ensuring our democracy is protected from tyrants.

Those who choose a path of revisionist history has skillfully omitted to mention these and many other transgressions of Michael Manley, casting him as an iconic matador of democratic principles and ideals,as a teenager growing up under his rule I was a witness to history, I was there, I don’t need to be told what happened I saw for myself, I saw the good of his intentions,But I also saw for myself his naiveté ,and multiple mistakes. Being a rousing speaker does not qualify one to be a good leader, ideas  implemented improperly does no one any good they are just ideas. Michael Manley understood his frailties as a leader, he understood his mistakes, something his cult following does not. Hence Manley’s mea culpa when he came back to contest the elections that saw the back of  Edward Seaga.

The Gleaner through all the growing pains of our country maintained it’s integrity as the true source of information for the Jamaican people . as a people who did not have many choices when we thought about newspaper we thought about the Gleaner , when we thought about toothpaste it was Colgate, when we thought about Beer we thought about Red Stripe, those were ours, proudly Jamaican products, irrespective of what came after those were the names that were indelibly seared into our souls.

Oliver Clarke has unfortunately passed the torch to someone else, of course all good things must come to an end, and as such we have seen  a dramatic decline in the quality of the product. Despite technological additions to the Gleaner’s product, like it’s website which purports to allow comments,  a good thing, if not manipulated to push agendas. This has opened the product to the world bringing Jamaicans in the diaspora into the conversation, allowing everyone the opportunity to see what’s happening on the ground. Those advances if used properly has tremendous potential for informing the diaspora, selling Jamaica to the world, and reaping untold financial windfall for the Gleaner.This would however require informed visionary leadership devoid of myopia or chained to local political preferences.

Instead what has steadily been happening at the Gleaner is a small-minded manipulation of it’s readership, through slanted reporting , and in some cases outright cheer leading, and subtle manipulation using imagery all toward a narrow parochial support for the People’s National Party. Editors like everyone else are entitled to their opinions, what they are not allowed to do is to distort facts to suit their political agendas. Jamaicans largely do not agree with homosexuality that is their right, Neither Britain nor anyone else have the right to tell Jamaicans what to think . neither does anyone or any country have the right to threaten to use economic blackmail to terrorise us . We are a free people all 2.8 million who live on the Island and the millions more who live across the globe, gay or straight, black or white, christian or Muslim, atheist or agnostic, male or female.

Let me be clear no one who is gay should be killed, discriminated against because they are gay , denied any benefit that is available to others of other sexual orientation, neither should any gay person be denied the right to be gainfully employed in any discipline to which he or she has appropriate qualification because of their sexual  orientation.

However Gays are in the minority and we live in societies that embrace majority rule, until we go to a formula of minority rule I will not be told by any homosexual that I must embrace that lifestyle as normal , or moral, no homosexual will convince me that I must surrender my christian values on the altar of carnality by supporting their cause. My God created a man and woman to fill the earth , I will forever believe his word, and will never bend to elitist dogma which professes that who do not embrace homosexuality, or share their views are beneath them. I will respect their right to be what they are , but they must respect my right to believe that their carnal immoral lifestyle is an abomination to my God,and as such I will call it for what it is,…….. an abomination !

The Gleaner’s campaign to promulgate homosexuality on the Jamaican nation is an affront to our dignity and our values , the overwhelming majority of us are opposed to this repugnant counter-culture, and even though we believe in fairness we are opposed to anyone pushing what they believe on us.

The Gleaner’s Editor if he is gay should have the courage to come out of the closet and declare his sexual preference to the nation, instead of hiding behind his Editorials pretending to champion the rights of homosexuals when he may very well be defending his own sexuality. The financial arguments he has used has fallen flat as they have not taken into account the potential disastrous consequence to the health sector from diseases derived from homosexual indulgence. As such his crusade should be seen as the crusade of a possible gay person who is afraid of his own homosexuality, too much of a coward to declare who he is or stand by what he is .

Whatever the outcome of the elections on Thursday December 29th, a day that just happen to be the date of my birth, Jamaicans will have to live with the choice they make. Whether the winner  is Miller or Holness that leader’s decisions will decide Jamaica’s course, possibly for generations to come, we get the government we deserve. Jamaicans will have to decide if the way forward will continue to be one of handouts from friends and relatives living abroad or they will once and for all take their future and that of their children into their own hands,understanding that handouts and cheap political pork barrel programs will not get them to economic freedom. Economic freedom will only be achieved through hard work, Education and sacrifice.

Did He Overstep His Authority?



The Editorial page of the Jamaica Gleaner of late seem to have undergone a transformation.

It is hard to tell who is the person/s  behind the editorial , is it male or female? is it one person or a group of people, do they share the same philosophy or do they operate as independent individuals  opining based on principled gut convictions?

 The aforementioned is difficult to establish because the writer/s have the luxury of anonymity. We would hope that based on that luxury editorial page writer/s would be responsible , objective, fair, respectful, thoughtful, and careful. just recognizing that to whom much is given , much is required.

Such is the power of the pen ,particularly in a society like Jamaica where people put significant stock into the views of certain people over that of others.

It has become noticeable to this blog that of late the Gleaner’s Editorial page has shown a marked change from the more circumspect reasoned approach we had grown accustomed to for decades, to one that seem to want to push alien views on us that surely have no resonance or hold any  sway with the vast majority of the Jamaican populace.  As if that was not bad enough, we have also detected a snarl of elitist condension in the spirit of  the aforementioned Pages.

It is the right of the Gleaner to publish what it chooses on it’s editorial pages .  We would not want to pick a fight with someone who buys ink in a barrel, After all we do speak our minds on these blogs. What the Gleaner must appreciate though, thanks to the power of technology , is that we will push back hard when they choose  to be condesending  and  disrespectful  to  people who sacrifice for our country.

We speak particularly of todays Editorial titled: “The police are not the executive”.

In the editorial the anonymous writer blasted Senior Superintendent of Police Radcliff Lewis for what it characterizes as  Lewis’ attempt at executive decision-making by allowing robot taxi operators to operate after  Licensed taxi operators in Spanish Town decided to strike this week over dissatisfaction with the way they have been regulated and for other perceived grievances.

We have no quarrel with the writer about blasting Lewis for his alleged statements referring to the scabs as quote “reserve soldiers”.





Frankly I do not know on whose authority Lewis was operating, there is no precedent in law or otherwise where the police may take such steps, we agree that if those measures are to be taken those are to be taken by executive action,.

Lewis a  pragmatic cop may have overstepped his bounds dramatically.

Jamaica requires unusual and pragmatic approaches to getting solutions, the Police have always sought to use its powers to help the Jamaican people, unsung. In his effort at problem solving he overstepped his authority, a move that was sure to draw the ire of the usual critics like our friends at the editorial board of the Gleaner, who are always going to be unable to see the forest for the trees.

The question is, as wrong as Lewis’ actions are, had he kept his mouth shut,  would the unlicenced  cab operators have stayed home? what impact did Lewis’ actions have in actually enhancing that action.

We note the writer was very concerned about the safety of riders , whilst at the same time registering relief at the fact that no one was injured in this Lewis Executive grab. We do see how the writer could feel total relief that no one was injured , after all this notion of illegal taxi operation is a totally alien phenomenon in Jamaican culture (sic).

We do not disagree with the letter of the Article, what we disagree with is the spirit . The writer used terms to describe SSP Lewis that  at best are condescending, and at worst blatantly demeaning. Colourful, rough cut,  Our newest ad hoc and unelected lawmaker, scandalous, uncomplicated ,rustic.


Those characterizations are elitists  code words, aimed at  bringing  Lewis, or any other unfortunate soul they are aimed at into knowing their place, SSP Lewis made a mistake in what he is alleged to have done, and for this Ellington must have some serious conversations with him. His gravest error is that of  not understanding the vicious caste system that still persists in Jamaica to this day.

Good intentions on the part of SSP Lewis does not mean  actions  that are legal. His actions lead us to ask if he may not have been promoted above his capabilities.

mike beckles:
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Total Nonsence

Jamaica’s Daily Gleaner Editorial page of Sunday August 14 was captioned thus. (What the Jamaican police can learn from the UK riots)

The Editor went to lengths to commend the British Police for their restraint in the way they handled the riots that  in his own words Quote, left six persons dead  many buildings destroyed or damaged and hundreds of millions of pounds of economic loss, end quote. Obviously this tremendous loss of life , the destruction of property and the economic fallout to the country was small potatoes to the esteemed editor, after all what’s a few lives lost and a couple  hundred millions  pound sterling ,in the greater scheme of things? as long as the police do not put a stop to the anarchy all is well.

I”ll tell you this I am ashamed for him for having put this piece of crock out . However it is easy to do this in Jamaica . These people are looked at as one would look at God Almighty, they put out the putrid garbage and the masses of low information or marginally intelligent people buy into the nonsense, can anyone see why Jamaica is a declining society, these are the opinion makers , these are the people who actually shape popular perceptions and influences  national debate.

He was not finished  he went on to point out these statistics.

Quote:Indeed, last year, the Jamaican police shot dead 309 persons, compared with 263 in 2009, and 224 the year before that ,end quote. These are exactly  the talking points of the criminal rights Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice, notional honoree Charlatan Carolyn Gomes. Policing in Jamaica is different from any place else in the world, 10 years and a  bullet in the ass later I am expressly qualified to shout down this load of garbage. I get particularly pissed when these Elitist morons pretend to know what the hell they are talking about from their high perches in  air conditioned offices at the top of North Street.  If you want to draw comparisons get out of your office and ride with the heroic cops that patrol the Garrisons and by-ways of the city some refer to as (killsome)sic, I guarantee after one experience you will piss your pants.

Do not sit there and act like you know something when you don’t . not one British Cop lost his or her life in all of those riots, not one. Jamaica poses a unique  challenge to law enforcement, its criminals are blood thirsty , doped up lunatics that have absolutely no compunction about killing cops, you want to draw comparisons about policing ? spend some time looking at some you tube videos of British cops in operation in the Ghettos.

The irony is that this editorial lauds the British police for restraint when the very match that lit the fuse was the alleged unlawful killing of a black man by British Police.  Of course under the circumstances they must try to put out the fire they themselves lit . What better way to defuse the situation than to lay low, which is exactly what they did while the cities burned , which he alluded to. Quote Prime Minister David Cameron and the police chiefs in England have sparred over police tactics during last week’s riots across Britain and ownership of the strategy that caused the unrest to subsidee.

What is it that keeps our people  mentally chained to the slave masters, who beat and raped our women and children , slaughtered our men, and still do it through economic and other means to this day?  This Editorial , rather than uplift our Officers who toil day in day out under the most extreme conditions with marginal compensation and despicable working conditions, facing down heavily armed urban terrorists at the peril of their lives , he finds it fit to commend the very cops that are accused of killing black people in England. The crock goes further, quote: there is consensus in Britain that policing is by consent, enshrined in an unwritten, but clearly understood, compact between the constabulary and the community. Even when that relationship is strained, as was the case last week, the constabulary remains part of, and not separate from, the community.

This is laughable, first visit the communities of Brixton, or any other community of color and tell me the police is a part of those communities. the concept of policing by consent is a concept similar to the concept in business that the customer is always right, it is a great concept from which to operate, much like the subject heading in an essay. The British Police you are so in awe of recently saw  two of it’s top leaders step aside due to corruption charges, accusations of graft and bribe taking, and other crimes, Their glaring incompetence was on public display to the world, when Rupert Murdoch and his son were  assaulted in a hearing room as they sat being grilled by British Parliamentarians about  Murdoch’s news of the world phone hacking scandal. Grand total amount of people in the rooms 50. Yet a man was able to saunter   in with a bag containing  what has been described as a plate full of shaving cream , which he used to attack Murdoch. Murdoch’s wife showed the necessary grit needed in the defense of her family. Again take a look at the you tube video . The incompetent British Police were left with egg on their faces as usual.

You  big fish in your little pond, who advocated for the British police to come to Jamaica and show how it is done, have still not explained to us, how Mark Shields helped our Police Force after he finished his lucrative Expatriate  tour. What we do know as  fact, is that crime trended north under his watch ,and continued that Way untill the police put their feet down in Tivoli Gardens.

Jamaican police are not perfect, in far too many instances some of them makes one want to put a foot up their rear ends, however they are some of the most dedicated professionals anywhere in the world, they put their lives on the line every day they step out onto the streets, or whether they are in the confines of their own homes, such is policing in Jamaica. I don’t need to be told I lived it. What gets my blood boiling is garbage like this editorial that is not worth the paper it’s written on. Unfortunately even this editor benefit from the blood sweat and tears of  police officer’s sacrifice.

This one really made  me mad.

mike beckles:

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scrap metal

The Editorial of the Daily Gleaner of Thursday July 28th read: SCRAP METAL BAN A CONCESSION TO DISORDER: After reading the article I was left befuddled and disoriented.My only response was …huh ? Now let me just say I will not question the sincerity or spirit in which the editorial piece was written. After all the central theme seem to have been, not bowing to crime, at least I am prepared to give that to the Editor , But you know me I am always on the side of the rule of law, so I will embrace the theory of the enemy of my enemy is my friend , this once. Well I think the Editor was unpleasantly surprised.  All hell broke loose on the online version of their publication, readers unleashed an avalanche of disgust and condemnation at the Article,and on this I must commend the moderators for publishing 32 comments which almost  in totality ripped the Article to shreds. Knowing how the moderators of that forum operate , I  wonder how many angry comments were actually scrubbed.  But lets not get ahead of ourselves, lets hear what the Editor had to say.


We are in sympathy with Mr Karl Samuda’s position on the decision by his successor, Dr Christopher Tufton, to shut down the scrap metal industry and ban the export of the stuff.

It smacks, as Mr Samuda says, of “surrendering to the rogue elements”. Put another way, the move represents another retreat of law and order.We, of course, do not presume that the conundrum presented to Dr Tufton, the recently appointed investment and commerce minister, was to be easily traversed or solved. Nor did it develop under his watch.[daily gleaner] Ok mister editor, we are at a loss here,…… really? so the minister decides to clamp down on the pillaging and plunder of the country’s infrastructure, he institutes a temporary  ban with a view to figure out a way forward and you object ? On what grounds do you object sir? For Mr Samuda had struggled with the problem of damage to infrastructure and theft by scavengers, who rustle metal of all kinds to cash in on the high price for scrap on the world market. Indeed, Dr Tufton estimates that utility companies and other legitimate businesses, including government agencies, have lost up to J$1 billion in material over the past three years to metal thieves, who sometimes rip down power and telecommunications equipment, with negative consequences to economic productivity. The problem grew worse as the availability of scrap metal declined, as the price of the commodity hiked and more players entered the business.[gleaner editor] Great point , and I would imagine that since you are conversant with those realities then  you would see the need for at least a halt of this business. A halt that would allow for a level-headed assessment to be done. After all one cannot turn around and head in  the opposite direction from a dead sprint without first coming to a stop. But no, the editor went on thus>.

Damning Statement on Insecurity

The Government’s decision to shut down the sector ought to give the average Jamaican no joy, no matter the spin of the Administration, and even if it has the desired effect of curbing the pillaging and defacement. For the decision is a statement about insecurity in our country; a tacit admission by the State of its inability to protect either public or private property. This is precisely the point we sought to make when Mr Samuda, then the responsible minister, recovered, by private initiative, a stolen priceless bronze sculpture by Edna Manley that was reportedly on its way to being scrap metal export. No one, in so far as we are aware, was ever arrested, charged, prosecuted or convicted for that theft. Mr Samuda, it appears, has come around to an appreciation of the dangerous consequences of this kind of surrender “to the rogue elements”. That, notwithstanding, it is difficult for us to believe that it is beyond the capacity of our Government to ensure, within the context of a system of free enterprise, the orderly operation of a sector of a few dozen people.[gleaner editor]

Truck laden with scrap metal
Truck laden with scrap metal

The Government’s decision to shut down the sector ought to give the average Jamaican no joy, no matter the spin of the administration: Ok so I thought the Article was supposed to give an honest Editorial assessment of a very serious problem , one of many  plaguing our country. But this seem to be another critique of the Government. Don’t get me wrong ,that is the Editorial and indeed the Newspaper’s right, but I thought we were discussing the scrap metal ban. Anyway since the Editor raised the question of  not acquiescing to criminality , doesn’t the Editor then agree that the move by Minister Tufton is exactly what is needed to stem the dismantling of critical infrastructure? I thought that having said all of that he would realize the fallacy of his arguments and pull back from the brink, but no he had more to say.

[Bad signal]

[If the Jamaican State can’t manage this, what ought the mass of the Jamaican people to assume about its ability to preserve their safety and to protect the right of individual property and, more important, the maintenance of law and order, which is the primary responsibility of the State? But supposing that Dr Tufton’s finger-in-the-dyke solution suffices for now, his longer-term proposal for the export of scrap metal seems problematic. Companies that generate scrap metal will be allowed, according to the minister, to apply for permits to export that scrap. This suggests that these firms will be forced into a line of business outside their core portfolio. And what of other scrap metal generated by households or by firms that don’t have the capacity to organise their own export? We, perhaps, can look forward to there being plenty of scrap with which to block roads while people demand justice].[gleaner editor]

Mister editor , the country is drowning in the blood of the innocent , last week 20 people were reported slaughtered,in a country of 2.7 million people , how long do you think it will take to reach you and others who feel it is someone else’s  problem. The country’s security forces , under-staffed, under-funded,under-supported, over worked, under paid and demoralized, are finding it a huge struggle just to contain the killing spree which  obtains in Jamaica.Our security forces running from one hot spot to another,  it really is  as you said sticking their finger in the dyke, trying to stem the flow of blood. Arguing that the State should be in a position to stem the infrastructural dismantling is a ridiculous attempt at posturing and bears no relationship with an understanding of the country’s security capability. The country is fighting an existential battle between civilization and outright anarchy, the latter, supported and funded by powerful and well-connected people within the country. The forces of  good are having a difficult time in that fight, where are the resources to come from that would secure copper wire on telephone poles and bridge railings? I understand the comments in the context of what ought to be the proper course of action, but the country is simply not in a position to do this , so we are left with a situation of dealing with what is possible. It simply is not possible to police all of Jamaica’s infrastructure, that makes it doubly important, what the Minister did.

Handcart laden with scrap metal
Handcart laden with scrap metal

As some readers have argued online, Jamaica’s scrap metal industry was never a sustainable industry to begin with, it is a opportunistic industry,[industry ]used loosely . The country does not manufacture scrap metal,  it follows that sooner or later it would get to this, meaning those who sell scrap metal would inevitably resort to stealing the product particularly when viewed  alongside  the high demand for the product. The dilemma posed to legitimate scrap metal dealers is not confined to that sector, but is rather a greater indictment on the Jamaican psyche. If it’s not scrap metal it would be something else, if somehow  investors set up businesses to buy old building bricks, in no time Spanish town as we know it would be no more . People would literally dismantle the old capital. The issue here is the level of civic-mindedness that is inherent in our people, or  the lack thereof. I await the howls of disagreement coming from the [“eat a food crowd”] . As far as most of these people are concerned it matters not if they destroy the country, brick by brick and have to tread water in the Caribbean sea to [eat the food], country be damned, eating a food is paramount.

Many years ago as a young Police Officer I was part of a team of officers  involved in an early morning raid in a certain community just on the environs of Spanish Town. At the time we were operating under emergency powers , which allowed us to enter homes without a warrant.  A couple of us entered a shack that had a single broken down cot , and a, metal cabinet in one corner . That was the totality of the furnishings in the humble one room abode. Sitting on the cot was a middle-aged gentleman, who was very accommodating to our intrusion and queries, I asked him if I could look at was inside the cabinet, he agreed. Inside the cabinet was a large amount  of what appeared to be machine parts, I inquired of him how he came to be in possession of the machine parts?  He told me he took them from the lead factory in Spanish Town where he worked . I asked him “do you still work there” ? to which he replied ” no officer due to the stealing the factory closed down”

This problem is not new , it did not start yesterday, and it will not be fixed immediately. The minister did exactly what  needed  to be done , in stepping back , taking a deep breath , with a view to coming up with a workable solution. Jamaica’s development is being hampered by Jamaicans , we take one step forward , then take two steps backwards. Our economy, despite sneezes in the world economy , could be doing markedly better, we are a small country of under three million people.  We produce food sometimes more that we can consume , yet we choose to import the same foods , rather that teach farmers how to plant crops on a schedule to eliminate glut in the market ,as well as to ensure continuity of supplies.

We Kill business people because we were told those who work hard and achieved, are evil Capitalists, whose hard-earned rewards should be taken away and given to the poor. We spend enormous amounts  of foreign exchange we do not have, rather than encourage investment in solar and wind energy, two commodities that are never in short supply in the country, I could go on and on about the crime and exorbitant cost of energy that has all but removed Jamaica from the list of places to do business. Our people have literally been reduced to a Nation of beggars, some choosing to live way above their means. How can we ever change that dichotomy  when our number two foreign exchange earner is remittance? the (largess of people living abroad).

The number one earner tourism , is an accident waiting to happen, any upheaval  could potentially  put and end to that sector.  What we need at this time I humbly suggest is a change in attitude, we must become patriotic Jamaicans again, unless we return to being Nationalist the destruction of our country will continue. At this rate  soon there  will be  nothing,…… nothing except the most demonic of the merciless murderers , and a  barren  wasteland of blood drenched terrain.

Mogadishu anyone?


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Fear Or Forced ?

I recently saw an article which suggested the cases of police shootings are out of fear on the part of officers. This notion is so laughable if it wasn’t insulting to Jamaica’s hero-cops, I would actually laugh.

I must admit I did not read the article as I was pressed for time. I however tried to find the article again and was actually directed to the Mail Online a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch,  there I was greeted with this headline. Life and death in the police state of Jamaica: The scandal of the officers who double as state executioners
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1352885/Jamaica-Life-death-police-state-officers-double-executioners.html#ixzz1TWDSYlsm

This article which may be accessed  at the above link ,was written by Johnathan Green. I generally reserve judgement on people or organizations when they are going through trials. However after reading the  article I couldn’t help but harken to who owns  this tabloid, and the methodologies that they use to get information.I wonder how  much they paid these  poor souls to get them to sell out Jamaica. This is a paragraph taken from that article: referencing the shooting the night sergeant Wayne Henriques and another officer was slaughtered, and six other officers ,trying to help a motorist trapped on mountain view avenue was viciously ambushed and shot.

The Mail Online is one of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids that uses all kinds of dirty tactics to gain a scoop, including tapping phones, paying Police officers to give them information and other illegal  means. The British Police Commissioner and one of his lieutenants recently resigned over this scandal,. These are the cops that are supposed to clean up Jamaica’s police Department , we all know how the mark Shields fishing expedition went, girls drinks , low morale in the force . In the end  the country has nothing to show for his stay in Jamaica. Shields on the other hand has  a security consultancy firm in Jamaica , what he  was after all along. Serves the Authorities right , still stuck in the colonial mentality , of looking to the european masters for answers to our problems.

Green the author of the epistle was pretty sold on Shields , in this sentence he articulates the way he felt about Shields.

Quote ,People are so desperate and traumatized that many have lost faith in criminal justice and the ability of the state to protect them,’ says Shields, a silver-haired, pragmatic man who stands at an imposing 6ft 6in. He now runs a security consultancy in Jamaica. Rational, university-educated people are advocating desperate measures which they think are acceptable. They say if a few innocent people get killed, “Well, that’s what happens.”’(mail online)
Well now we know Shields feel that people who haven’t attended University are irrational.

The bottom line about this whole piece of garbage, is that it failed to address the serious nature of urban terrorism in Jamaica and the seriousness that security force members face day in day out. Does Jamaica have rogue cops ? you bet, should they be rooted out , you bet, Is this unique to Jamaica ? no! The garrisons are replete with all kinds of high-powered weapons, something Green , Shields, or Felice do not have to deal with in their country. By his own admission the writer alluded to this from someone he spoke to. quote:

[As darkness falls, young men take up position at key vantage points, behind low walls. Buried in the ground are guns, loaded and ready. A raucous party gets under way. Thumping bass makes the ground tremble. I notice a monitor above the record decks linked to four CCTV cameras displaying entrances to the community. Recently gunmen from that neighbourhood killed the relative of a nearby don. Reprisals are expected.‘You are safer here than in a middle-class neighbourhood,’ Andy says with a sly smile We used to have M16s, but they jammed all the time, so now we use AK-47s.’After a moment he adds, ‘When you do good work in the community, people will kill for you or die for you.’Violence could be triggered at any time. Andy is particularly worried about the police.The don from the other area has the police in his back pocket,’ he declares. ‘It’s a time bomb here. We are walking dead.’Many of the young gunmen have regular jobs, but they stay up all night to protect the neighbourhood.The police can’t help you here; you have to defend your community,’ says Andy.He makes it clear that while some violence in Kingston is related to drugs and other criminal enterprises, it evolved from politicians arming communities loyal to them against other neighbourhoods .Some of the violence is due to the fact that the area falls between two political boundaries, so it has two MPs, which means that residents can demand new roads, funding and other perks, which make rival areas jealous.The politicians have created the problem,’ says Andy. ‘They are playing a numbers game. It’s divide and rule.’]

Reading this dribble is tantamount to an article Al jazeera did about the deadliness of Jamaican Police; Imagine al Jazeera, where is their reporting on the Killings of police officers in Pakistan, and Afghanistan,what about the beheading and stoning being done to women go clear out your own dirty backyard. I suggest the Mail online clean up their  own dirty police force and let us clean up and imprison ours .

The article went on to talk about a man shot in the Mountain View are of St. Andrew.

[It was here that Ian Gordon, 34, came to visit the mother of his two young children, bringing them food and money as he often did. Gordon was a hard-working former art student. He built a small store from bamboo where he sold fried fish. He wasn’t to know that a few days earlier three gangsters had engaged in a shoot-out with police after their robbery attempt was foiled. Two officers were killed and six others wounded.](mail online)

This moron glossed over the fact that 8 police officers had been shot the previous night, 2 fatally . can anyone imagine if black men had shot 8 British police officers killing 2, how they would have reacted? . Would there be any Jamaicans left in England?  that was not the narrative he wanted , what he wanted was to draw attention to the actions of the Police.Now let me be clear I have no information or evidence on the veracity of his statements regarding the man killed. I hope however that he did not loose his life innocently as some would have you believe. What I do know is that you really do not want to be caught anywhere in the wrath of any police department when one of their own has been murdered, much less when one considered the casualties the JCF takes.

I frankly wonder why anyone would want that job anymore? , then I think  about my relatives and friends living there ,who depend on them , so I salute all clean cops and give them my support. I must be clear , because there are some who accuse me of unconditionally supporting the Jamaican police, this could not be further from the truth, in fact anyone who follow my blogs can attest to the fact that I am one of their harshest constructive critic. As an officer I myself brought 3 of my colleagues to book and had them kicked out of the force. What I will not do is turn to wholesale condemnation, of  the people who risk their lives and die ,so that I can live in safety.

There are certain elements within the society that are fraudulent hypocrites , and blood sucking leeches , sucking the blood out of those who sacrifice, while they  sit in air-conditioned offices , made possible by the blood and sweat of Police officers. I served 10 years but never worked in an air-conditioned office. The Commissioner of Police still operates out of the same buildings  at 101-103 old hope Road in St. Andrew. Yet as the writer Green alluded to  Justin Felice’s  office is luxurious .

quote:  Isolated from the killing streets, at the top of an air-conditioned tower block with mirrored yellow glass, is the JCF’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Beyond a biometric thumb scanner near a smoked-glass door, a poster declares, ‘Corruption: it takes two.’I am greeted by Justin Felice, head of the ACB, an avuncular and dapper former Scotland Yard officer who had great success working in Northern Ireland. In 2010 his unit removed 184 police officers.(mail online)

I am  so insulted by this article, on so many levels, but we need to be humbled , untill we start respecting ourselves and each other ,we will forever be the unwanted stepchild of the British empire, to be lord  over and treated as half wit illiterates .

Just ask Mark Shields what he thinks of us..

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On the 13th of July 2011 The Daily Gleaner Editorial Titled, SSP BAILEY’S MOUTHFUL OF MADNESS AND MISCHIEF.
On July 18th 2011 the Gleaner Editorial was Titled,JCF IN SHADOW OF SSP BAILEY.
The common thread tying these two Editorials together ,was the unadulterated support for  Gays in Jamaica, their lifestyle, and their Right to commit crimes without being held to account.
One thing was obvious ,was the desire of the Editor to see SSP Bailey disciplined for his free speech, which from threads allowed on the Gleaner’s own website, indicate that SSP Bailey made a more than adequate explanation of, and supplied the context in which he made the assertions.

Last time we checked the Editor of the Gleaner was not a Police Senior Officer, not privy to sensitive Police Data, and as such is speaking from a position of bigotry toward SSP Bailey or, is him or herself  a closeted member of the Gay community.

Lets deal with the vitriolic Bile spewed out of the mouth of this Editor :

Jamaica’s rigid caste system has always dictated that darker skinned people not from upper Saint Andrew , who make up the middle class, should be seen but not heard, that group includes Teachers ,Firemen ,Nurses, Police . it has always been obvious they were more bothered by the Police ,than they were of the other category of workers aforementioned.

While I served in the  JCF we often joked  that the rancor was as a result of the power of arrest vested in us,  other workers posed no threat to them.The Colonial picture  of the Night Watchman, dressed in short pants , walking around with a heavy spiked helmet, symbols of a time some in Jamaica are yearning for , is far divorced from the realties of Police Officers with Masters in Busssiness Administration  and other disciplines, the transformation has not yet transformed from the Caterpillar to the Butterfly in the heads or psyche of Jamaica’s Elite, to include the Gleaner Editor.

How else could anyone view this rancid corrosive bile of an attack on a dedicated Public Servant, this cowardly attack using space usually reserved for important Editorial musings, has now being reduced to a tool of heterosexual bashing.

This brings us to the second possible conclusion:

Is the Gleaner Editor a closet Homosexual ? This writer has no judgement call to make regarding those of my brothers and sisters who practice this lifestyle,I will not say I have gay friends, I don’t have gay people coming to my house , not because I try not to have them , but because I do not apply a litmus test on people with whom I associate , the truth is what someone does in the privacy of his or her home is their business, as a small business owner I deal with people daily ,gay and straight , they are equal to me , as a Christian God charged us to love the sinner, but hate the sin,I am  a sinner, who come short of the glory of God daily, this disqualifies me to determine who is going to Heaven or Hell.

What SSP Bailey did was not to determine who goes to hell or heaven , he was speaking to the question of  people whom are known homosexual that are disproportionately involved in a certain kind of criminality.There is a false argument being made about profiling, as a Police Officer it is your duty to profile,determining in an effective and surgical way who is doing what.

Most of the Village Lawyers (some trained) in Jamaica who would open their mouths about Policing have no clue what they are talking about, and these Editorials fall within that category.

So let me say Yes SSP Bailey you are indeed a Police Officer worthy of your pay , you do understand the value of profiling., it is an effective tool in the tool box that shows that you know whom you are targeting , rather than be feeling around in the dark.When Police use large dragnet to coral large groups of people ,then sift out the people of interest and those wanted to answer to criminal charges , those now talking out of the side of their mouths are the first to cry foul, they are th first to argue for a more intelligence based type of Policing, now they get that type of Policing they have a problem.

I would argue that what they want is a Criminal Empire, a safe haven for criminals, this seem to be the desire of these talking head hypocrites, damned if you do , damned if you don’t .I suggest the Police enforce the existing laws, archaic and useless as they are,criminals break them wilfully , knowing obeying the laws are more often than not more detrimental to them than breaking them.(see the alleged shooter of khajeel Mais refusing to turn over his weapon to the police,and the potential penalty.



If SSP Bailey has data to back up his claim, which I am sure he does have, since he is the person on the ground, trained , and charged with those responsibilities, and not the Elitist Editor, then he should not be detered by cheap ,cowardly attacks from those who are too chicken to face him , but rather throw stones and hides behind an Editorial.

Commissioner Ellington on this issue is as wrong as wrong can be, there comes a time when one has to draw a line  in the sand , stand up and say I will back up no further. Lions, Tigers, and countless other species do this, they find a tree urinate on it, and define their territory, interlopers beware.

On his ascension to the Office of Chief Constable I wrote a letter ,which the Gleaner was gracious enough to publish.

In the letter I charged Ellington to be wary of those on the cocktail circuit who would invite him to their functions,I reminded him that they merely tolerated him .(see comments on Jamaica’s caste system)

As a police Officer I was acutely aware of the fact that some people were happy to be around me because of my value to them , no more,no less, this is true of an officer, irrespective of Rank,the Chief Constable being no exception.

The Chief Constable by stepping in to give an explanation of what SSP Bailey meant, was as gasoline to fire to this Bigoted Editor, rather than serving as water. The truth is, no amount of truth in what SSP Bailey said will be allowed to get in the way, if this Editor has his/her way, as I have indicated Gays do not seek parity or equalityy, what they seek is to forcibly shove their way of life down our throats ,making us criminals for daring to speak out against homosexuality.

In the united States they realized they would not be able to get to marry, or receive benefits that are accorded to married heterosexual people in one fell swoop , what they did was splinter and attacked State legislatures , targeting individual legislators who cowardly capitulated , going against their moral beliefs, sacrificing their morals on the altar of job security.The result? more and more States are rolling over to the Gay lobby , thereby enacting the Gay Agenda.

Jamaica is no different, there are Gays in positions of power , and as can be seen from these two piles of garbage of July 13th and 18th on the Gleaner’s Editorial pages they have immense power.

What they want is for SSP Bailey to be put in his place , anyone who dare speak out against them, wrong or right, they adopt a scorched earth policy of destruction.

What the Gay Lobby in Jamaica is saying we are above scrutiny, we are are the new untouchables, so far they seem to be getting away with it.

If the writer(s) of the two Articles is/are homosexuals the Gleaner, and Editorial board, owes  the Jamaican people an explanation , not because they are gay and should undergo a litmus test, but the Nation needs to know that the garbage being spewed from that Editorial page is not an objective assessment of facts, but rather a blatant unmitigated attempt at Gay Rights Advocacy.

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