Await­ing Hol­ness’ so­lu­tions to crime

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -


WHEN AN­DREW Hol­ness and the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) was in op­po­si­tion, Mr Hol­ness took the stage in front of his sup­port­ers and laid the blame for the vi­o­lence in Ja­maica solely at the feet of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP).

Much to the point, that he made it very clear that if Ja­maicans wanted to live, and if they wanted a Ja­maica that was crime-free, un­der no cir­cum­stance should a vote be cast for the PNP to re­gain power.

Sur­pris­ingly, I did not hear one sup­porter of his party come out and tell him that crime should not be politi­cised, and that a bet­ter man would have said that he was com­mit­ted to work­ing with the PNP if they won, or have the PNP work with him if the JLP won, to try and curb the in­ci­dences of crime af­fect­ing all Ja­maicans.

The hypocrisy is, now that he is the prime min­is­ter and Ja­maicans are ques­tion­ing his plans on how he in­tends to ful­fill the prom­ise he made re­gard­ing a crime-free Ja­maica, all his sup­port­ers can come up with is talk about when the PNP was in power.

Com­mon sense dic­tates that if I have a busi­ness and the man­ager that I have hired to man­age that busi­ness is not do­ing a good job, then I try to find some­one who can man­age the busi­ness the way I want it. Now, if I hire some­one who, ac­cord­ing to their ré­sumé, states that they can do bet­ter, who, when I in­ter­view them, tells me they can do bet­ter, how do I then, when they do not do bet­ter than my pre­vi­ous man­ager whom I fired for be­ing in­com­pe­tent, blame that pre­vi­ous man­ager for their mis­takes?


See how dunce these peo­ple are? What is baf­fling is that those who sup­port this ad­min­is­tra­tion will take credit for plans that were laid out by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, but talk about find­ing a so­lu­tion to what is tak­ing place con­cern­ing crime and vi­o­lence, you are met with “What did you ex­pect An­drew to do in seven months?”

I am hop­ing that the same man­ner with which Mr Hol­ness could as­sure Ja­maicans in New York that he was com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing Ja­maica, that he will do the same and as­sure Ja­maicans in Ja­maica that he is com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing the night­mare that they are now fac­ing into some­thing pos­i­tive. MICHELLE BRAD­SHAW phillipsmichelle57@ya­

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