Cyn­i­cal pol­i­tics

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

BROADLY SPEAK­ING, the Hol­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion has started rea­son­ably well. It has main­tained the essen­tial eco­nomic re­form that Ja­maica has been im­ple­ment­ing for the past five years and has largely avoided ma­jor po­lit­i­cal mis­steps.

Yet, it is in dan­ger of bol­ster­ing the cyn­i­cism that is still deeply em­bed­ded in Ja­maica’s body politic, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult to build the con­sen­sus nec­es­sary to con­tinue, and deepen, a dif­fi­cult eco­nomic project.

Lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions take place in less than a week’s time. The Op­po­si­tion claims that the Govern­ment is spend­ing an es­ti­mated J$600 mil­lion in short-term, ca­sual em­ploy­ment projects in an ef­fort to ‘buy’ sup­port. The Govern­ment has not de­nied ac­cel­er­ated spend­ing; it just hasn’t said how much and claims that the tim­ing, on the eve of an elec­tion, is co­in­ci­den­tal.

That not only smells of old pol­i­tics, it’s enough to paint us all cyn­i­cal.

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