CaribZone Commentary: Aubrey Campbell –Monday, June 27th.
Folks, I greet you well on this the last Monday of the sixth month of the year, a year that is going by so fast, that it needed a ‘brexit’, to catch its collective breath.
And with the world changing developments still unfolding in the UK part of the EU, there was shock and awe of a different kind being witnessed live and in living color, at the Met Life Stadium, New Jersey by 82,000 fans and millions more, reachable only via the worldwide web. Oh, what a ‘messi’ that was, designed by the Chileans last year and built to perfection this year, even with limited resources!
Certainly, it could not be all hard work and no play. So here we have some comic relief thrown in for good measure by the feisty, potty mouthed, Daryl Vaz, congratulating Peter and Paul for their campaign work in helping the JLP to win by one vote and that their efforts are deserving of awards at the national level, come October!
The mendicant governments of the Caribbean community, or should I be more politically correct (pc) in saying ‘dependent regimes’ of the region – your pick – are waking up teary eyed because for whatever reason, the pre-nuptials mean nothing now! Independence was only in word.
See the former poster boy of Air Jamaica and regional tourism, Allen Chastenet, now a newly minted PM of St. Lucia, joining the choir of doom and gloom, to say that the Brits will be unable to take vacations and buy property on the island.
Might as well. Just the other day, the meddling USA warned countries that side of the sea, to stop selling visas and citizenship to deep pocketed foreigners using investment as a façade.
Oftentimes, the powers that be in the UK would attach a hint of colonialism to negotiations for and on behalf of the region in dealings with the powerful EU. Just in case you want a reminder, the EU jettisoned talks about preferential treatment for regional agriculture – sugarcane and bananas – coming into its markets, shifts in the economic trajectory that torpedoed the bases of the newly independent states, rendering them powerless to this day and in this age, where prosperity is still a privilege.
Migration to the UK became a boon to regional economies and families through remittances. Governance had a structure and education was first class, with honors.
In some ways then, you can say the marriage was mutually beneficial. And that’s why Kamina Johnson Smith is on record as saying that the split will be painful for Jamaica, the most recognizable of the mendicant, independent-not, states.
Unindependent! Google that.
And that’s why the news this morning that a section of the British society is asking for a second chance on the referendum, provides a ray of hope, if ever there is one. And David Cameron may get back his job. I like the guy. He showed me that he is a leader who knows when to quit!
In discussion on Capitol Hill last week during the ICS celebrations and proclamations marking the tenth anniversary of the observance of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month, Jerry Butler, Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with portfolio responsibility for Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, likened Brexit to the demise of the West Indies Federation at the start of the 1960s, when Jamaica decided to ‘tek whey itself’, spawning the new maths theorem that, 10 – 1 = 0.
Where is Tony Braxton when you need her, if it’s true that it’s mostly the older generation of Brits that voted for the split?
Closer home, Argentinians went to bed crying and woke up singing, ‘don’t cry for me, Argentina, with the news that the long anticipated coronation of Lionel Messi, heir apparent to the throne vacated by Diego ‘God’ Maradona, will in fact not take place in this life!
Lionel is leaving the international arena in pretty much the same way he found it, in a ‘messi’!
Of course, when I posted to my alumni chat group last evening that ‘Messi nuh good’, the responses were fast and furious and not unexpected! Let me say this. Four or five Spanish League titles (La Liga) for Barcelona does not equal to one Copa America, let alone one FIFA World Cup title. Second best is never good enough in sports!
Chile proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt, not once but twice. Ask Pele of Brazil, or more recently. King LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So, when one of my schoolmates reasoned that if Messi is not good, why are there always two and three players at his heels, I simply asked if that is an excuse for failure? I am still awaiting a response to my response!
Knowing when to call it quits, is a very smart trait!
What do you think?
As one ‘voicer’ told Vaz, campaigning and election are behind us, let’s get on with the business of government and governing for the greater good of all Jamaica, Land We Love!
That’s today’s conversation. You have the last word. Share your thoughts.