We need pol­i­tics to em­power the peo­ple

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

Day­ton Camp­bell (right) holds a baby in his hands dur­ing a tour of North West St Ann. MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Dr Day­ton Camp­bell CON­STITUENCY: St Ann North West

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for St Ann North Western, Dr Day­ton Camp­bell, used his Con­stituency De­bate con­tri­bu­tion to preach against “pol­i­tics per­cep­tion” which he said has birthed the en­e­mies of poverty, in­come in­equal­ity, in­jus­tice, crime, poor hous­ing and gen­der in­equal­ity.

“The pol­i­tics of per­cep­tion is the pol­i­tics where our lead­ers tin­ker with our ap­proach and pol­icy di­rec­tion and then mag­nify the minute changes with pub­lic re­la­tions in an at­tempt to con­vey a pos­i­tive out­look,” he told the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The two-time MP said such an ap­proach has not been work­ing and there is need for a ‘pol­i­tics of change’, which he ar­gued is about em­pow­er­ing peo­ple.

Camp­bell said for his ru­ral


con­stituency, con­sul­ta­tions have iden­ti­fied pri­or­ity ar­eas, which he listed as in­fra­struc­ture, em­ploy­ment, health care, ed­u­ca­tion, youth, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment and poverty re­duc­tion, and eco­nomic en­able­ment.

On eco­nomic jus­tice, how­ever, the MP, who has flirted with sev­eral con­tro­ver­sies, called for at­ten­tion to Ja­maica’s poor and marginalised.

“We have to do away with the ten­dency to pay lip ser­vice to their needs, the pol­i­tics of per­cep­tion, and move to ac­tion so we’re bet­ter able to fa­cil­i­tate their full and mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment,” he ar­gued.

He said a law is needed to out­line the min­i­mum work­ing con­di­tions for Ja­maicans to match the min­i­mum leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments.

“Let us carry the ar­gu­ment to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion, that if our chil­dren, years from now, are fight­ing the same strug­gles, then we would have prac­tised the pol­i­tics of tin­ker­ing, the pol­i­tics of per­cep­tion. I dare us all to move to an ar­dent prac­tice of the pol­i­tics of em­pow­er­ment of peo­ple, the pol­i­tics of change,” he said.

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