CaribZone Commentary: Aubrey Campbell –Monday, May 9th
Our Father in the heavens above, I thank you for waking mercies and your guidance, henceforth!
Jamaicans here, there and everywhere and especially those with a vested interest in the affairs of state, will be glued to their medium of choice for news and information, as the 2016-2017 budget debate gets under in parliament, later this week.
Messers Audley Shaw and Andrew Holness, in that order, will tell Jamaicans all, not just Laborites who are dreaming $ signs, how they hope to finance the fairy tale promise of the 21st century that got them across the political Red Sea, three months ago.
Oh, and by the way, if you did not set the alarm, the first 100 days of the new government in office, will soon go by, be gone, without notice, just saying!
How the two wise men explain the mystery and the magic, will mean a lot to ‘yardies’ – or for those who despise the terminology, Jamaicans in the Diaspora – who are quietly packing their belongings as the ‘presumptuous nominee’ of the Republican party, Donald Trump, continues to takes giant steps in the direction of his ‘dream address’, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.
Real estate is his thing, remember..?
Folks, this is politics of a different kind, not yet on the curriculum of our schools, colleges, universities and other places of learning.
We are aware that the USA was asked to help with finding the killers of two missionaries on the island a fortnight ago and if we take the Capitol Hill ‘Fraudsters’ – with a capital ‘F’ – lol, out the equation, impossible as that is and may seem at the moment – God knows what other help and assistance was solicited by the chief negotiator, when he visited Washington, DC, last week.
Commentators from both sides of Jamaica’s huge political divide agree that the proposed JLP election tax plan, real or imagined or both or none of the above, exposed an anemic, emaciated, Portia Simpson Miller led administration, needed to be put out of its political misery.
And almost 100 days in, I’m still scouring the media for a believable, ‘yes we can’ explanation to the tax plan. I will temper my enthusiasm and see if in fact, the February showers will bring May flowers! I may even go out on a long limb here and say that, I am not so sure that the electorate bought into the science and technology of the strategy but more so, for the suggestion of change, a new direction in governance!
Have you ever been tired of something, everything, anything, to the point where you are willing to try something new, something different, just for the heck of it, consequence be damned..?
Are you with me, folks..?
They are saying that the JLP did the math (their math homework), which begs the question…so what did the PNP do..? Do you want my answer..? They used the time fighting with the teacher, much like the leggo beast pickney dem, masquerading as students and mashing up and tearing down our once upon a time, pride of place, school system!
Yes, I know, different ginnaration (sic) and the accompanying mediocrity must be tolerated as well! Is that your final answer? You know what, tell that to someone else!
So with education, healthcare and crime being the proverbial monkeys on the backs of the new administration and a projection to spend a mere $600 billion, way less than last year’s total, it will be most interesting to hear and read the revised 10-point plan of action that will move ordinary Jamaicans from poverty to prosperity, because if I’m understanding the formula correctly, this government ‘nuh like poor’!
‘To be poor is a crime’, and God knows, we have too much of that! Just ask the ever-ready, reggae recording artiste, Freddie McGregor!
I need to stop here and remind myself that in 1976, The University of Cambridge, wherever that was/is, returned my GCE ‘Ordinary’ – not Advanced – Level mathematics exam papers to Cornwall College with a ‘u’- ungraded, not fit to be ‘graded’. DWL
I leave you to figure out the subjects I got ‘A’s in…! And just to be clear, I did ‘A’-Level Economics!
Jamaica’s budget debate should not be the uninterested, uninspired, boredom that usually obtains and I guess so because of the expected input from our own, home grown power brokers, Michael Lee Chin, Butch ‘Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ Stewart, et al!
I note here that the importance of the budget presentation will not be lost on Jamaicans overseas and especially here in these United States, who are of the view that a Donald Trump presidency, not just the ‘presumptuous’ party nominee, will return America to the pre-Civil Rights era when everything and I mean everything, was seen and lived in black and white, not the kaleidoscope of colors that we have become accustomed to these past 50 years!
Need I remind you here that politics is as cyclic as it is local.
Looking on, and as the last GOP man standing now ‘til November, I don’t think he has a chance like a snowball in hell, if he’s going to use DNA science to link Mrs. Clinton to her husband’s indiscretions of the distant past.
Then again, who would have thought that a year ago, someone like a Donald Trump would have gotten this far in a primary contest to select the next leader of the ‘free world’? Democracy at work, folks!
Here’s my take. Never say never! Keep packing your bags and belongings and have a plan ‘B’, just in case the Jamaican electorate this past February, mistakenly graded the Social Studies papers instead of the Math papers.
Folks, that’s today’s conversation and thank you for sharing. As always, you have the last word and I invite you to share your thoughts.