We Know The Who, And When But Won’t Accept The What…

 

 

 

 

How can we solve problems when there is no longer the decency character and honesty to concede truth?

The idea that going aggressively after criminals is equal to abusing citizens rights is a red herring fed the Jamaican people by those who want the status quo. Crime in Jamaica is highly beneficial to a small group of people. Less or no crime benefits all people and enriches the lives of everyone.
Unfortunately, most people do not understand this and so they are forced deeper and deeper into an unholy alliance with criminals against their own self-interest, which serves the interest of the minority just fine.

Does it mean then that because we cannot agree even on indisputable fact that those who speak truth should simply throw up their hands and give way to fake news? If we do that where do we go from here, what kind of world are we leaving our children, as President Barack Obama says “we cannot even establish a common baseline of facts”?

Two events have occurred in Jamaica over the last several decades as a matter of fact (a) The disintegration of the rule of law and (b) The resultant impoverishment of the people, largely as a consequence of (a).

murder-rate-jamaica

Year # of Murders
1970 152
1971 145
1972 170
1973 227
1974 195
1975 266
1976 367
1977 409
1978 381
1979 351
1980 899
1981 490
1982 405
1983 424
1984 484
1986 449
1987 442
1988 414
1989 439
1990 543
1991 561
1992 629
1994 690
1995 780
1998 953
1999 849
2000 887
2002 1045
2003 975
2004 1471
2005 1674
2006 1340
2007 1574
2008 1601
2009 1680
2010 1428
2011 1125
2012 1097
2013 1200
2014 1005
2015 1192
2016 1350

 

FACT
Crime and murders have steadily climbed since the earl 70’s with a couple of instances in which concrete actions have stunted its growth.
Nevertheless, despite this clear and unequivocal evidence  Jamaica’s political leaders of both political parties have systematically ignored the data and have responded to the nation’s escalating murder statistics by focusing on foreign treaties rather than on their sworn constitutional responsibility to secure the nation.

FACT
As a consequence of the escalating murders, the longstanding stream of returning residents who worked and saved to return to the land of their birth has literally dried up.
In some cases some have actually returned to their adopted homes abroad, having decided that the Island is no longer a safe place to live. Those, of course, are the ones who haven’t fallen victim to crime and are counted among the statistics.

Additionally, investors are certainly not investing in Jamaica as they normally would despite the hyperbole and hype which tend to dominate the local publications.

Using the figures above, between the period 1970 to the year 2000, homicides was a serious issue. Yet homicides never officially topped 1000.
During the same period the year, 1980 was an anomaly as it related to homicides, 1980 was the critical mass for political killings on the Island  899 Jamaicans were murdered. The number was out of character with previous years and for several succeeding years as well.

In the year 1982 when I joined the Constabulary Force, there were 405 homicides by the end of 1991 when I exited the Constabulary there were a recorded 561 recorded homicides.
What that means is that in the period between 1982 and 1991 a 9 year period murders had only increased by 156. Now one murder is one too many but you get the picture.

The period below is representative of the Michael Manley years, though the murder numbers were high, those homicides were largely concentrated in the most depressed communities and away from the rest of the society.

Michael Manley

Year # of Murders
1970 152
1971 145
1972 170
1973 227
1974 195
1975 266
1976 367
1977 409
1978 381
1979 351
1980 899

The common denominator which informed the homicide statistics in the period 1981 to 1988 [1985 missing] is the leadership of Edward Seaga.

Edward Seaga

 

1981 490
1982 405
1983 424
1984 484
1986 449
1987 442
1988 414

 

 

 

 

 

The period after Seaga was the period of Manley again.

Michael Manley introduced Democratic Socialism to Jamaica, social engineering which ruined the once thriving Island.
Today Manley’s followers trumpet his achievements which are largely feel-good platitudes. To his detractors, he ruined a beautiful country.

 

1989 439
1990 543
1991 561
1992 629

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Then came the stewardship of Percival James Patterson, a period of anything goes, no support for the rule of law and a total denigration of our culture and country.Here are the numbers under Patterson.

Patterson ruled for an unprecedented 14 years.The period in which we lost the soul of our country and he did not lift a finger to stop it.
In fact, Patterson’s tenure may be better seen as the period in which Government abdicated it’s responsibilities and ceded the streets to common thugs.
For almost ten (10) years not a single dollar was provided to train a single police detective.
Patterson’s tenure was marred by graft corruption and the most blatant abuse of taxpayers funds in our nation’s history.

Percival James Patterson former PM presided over years of corruption and failed leadership

1992 629
1994 690
1995 780
1998 953
1999 849
2000 887
2002 1045
2003 975
2004 1471
2005 1674

[ 1993 ,1996,1997,2001] missing.

Then there was Portia Simpson Miller….

Portia Simpson Miller.

 

2006 1340
2007 1574

 

 

 

 


Bruce Golding’s tenure.

Bruce Golding gave the nation INDECOM and all its side effects, as well as the Tivoli affair and God knows what else?

 

2007 1574
2008 1601
2009 1680
2010 1428
2011 1125

 

 

 


Andrew Holness Prime Minister from October 2011 to January 5, 2012

PM Andrew Holness

 

 

2011 1125

 

 

 

 

Miller again, January 5th, 2012 to 3 March 2016.

 

Portia Simpson Miller

 

2012 1097
2013 1200
2014 1005
2015 1192
2016 1350

 

 

 

 

Under Percival Patterson the country lost its way, I have stated my opinions as to what I believed occurred and why. It is up to others to make up their minds as to when and what accelerated the murder rate in our country.
To my mind, there is no question as to the when and why.

Hugh Shearer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Seaga

 

 

What the country is struggling with is the “what” which is the formula for fixing what ails the country crime wise. Since Hugh Lawson Shearer is no longer around to offer the solution Andrew Holness would be well advised to tap the shoulder of Edward Seaga and ask for advice before we reach the point of no return/
Edward Seaga is good for more than just being paraded around when they need to win by-elections at all cost.