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.