Talk about painting yourself into a corner.….. Prime Minister Andrew Holness campaigned on the promise that people would sleep with their windows open under a Holness administration. I will not hold the prime minister to that promise; politicians make crazy statements, I am not here to nit-pick or make political points.
As I have said repeatedly, if you read my work and take from it that I am a sycophant for one side or the other, you are out of your mind.
But let us look at the other things the Prime Minister said before winning the elections, after he won, and the things he continues to say today.
“Police will not be kicking down people’s doors while I am Prime Minister.”& ” We cannot just form another squad and send them to shoot up gunmen.” .…..Who the hell does this guy think he is anyway? But wait, you are literally telling shooters that they have a friend in you when you make statements like that.
What is the Prime Minister’s interest in keeping shooters alive, at the peril of law-abiding Jamaican citizens?
The Prime Minister continues to embarrass himself by supposing that police officers go out to execute shooters. That is usually a choice made by the gunmen themselves.
As I said previously, I will not hold the prime minister to his silly campaign promise. Still, I will continue to hold him accountable based on the direction he has been taking the country, which has been the opposite direction required to begin to turn the country around.
The Prime Minister’s arrogance and his bullishness on the subject created animosity in many officers past and present. Many of those officers placed their lives on the line for a paltry salary and continue to do so.
The Prime Minister joined the anti-police antagonist to Monday morning quarterback violent confrontations, even those in which police are killed and injured.
By taking that tack and bringing in his friend Antony Anderson from the military to execute what I cautioned would be a failed strategy, he basically signaled that he wanted a clean break from traditional policing; police officers guns must fire sweet-smelling roses, officers must walk around kissing every ass and every jackass and calling them sir and ma’am..”
Emboldened by the buffoonery, every punk decided to drape up officers who approach them, regardless of their transgression.
Several officers lost their lives because they were scared to defend themselves, out of fear that Holness’ boy Terrence Williams would take their gun away, then persecute them to the fullest extent of [INDECOM], not by Jamaican law.
The resignations poured in up to fifty per month, so they instituted measures to make it a crime for officers to leave the JCF, without first giving a 6‑month prior notice before they do so.
Still, the officers kept on leaving, not caring about their new rules.
The chickens have now come home to roost, mister Holness painted himself into a corner, he told us our old ways were outdated, he knew better than the officers who are in the field doing the work, the people he so resented that he doesn’t even consult them to talk about policing, he consults soldiers, on policing. He placed soldiers to supervise career police officers. He created the general perception among the rank and file that the best they could ever aspire to in the JCF after the best education, and years of policing experience, is Deputy Commissioner of Police.
They are not good enough to head the agency they spent their entire working careers serving. Holness did not need to say those words; the inference was blatantly clear.
Holness’s arrogance has been causing countless lives; it will continue to cause the lives of much more innocent Jamaicans.
The Prime Minister’s arrogance will be his undoing. The Zones of Special Operations he touted has done nothing to stem the blood-letting. The States of Emergencies he derided then was forced to initiate did not do it either, and neither has his charm offensive done a damn thing to stop the killings.
Now that people cannot sleep with their windows open, .… (ok, that was a low blow), okay, people cannot sleep, period.
The Prime Minister and his Police Commissioner have reverted to blaming the media and the Opposition party. The Prime Minister insinuated that some sinister force is driving up the murder statistics. His Commissioner of Police blames media headlines for sensationalizing murder statistics.
How in God’s name can one sensationalize facts?
The Jamaica Labor Party won 49 seats in the 2020 general elections, obliterating the Opposition People’s National Party. The victory was so resounding it sent Opposition Leader Peter Phillips into retirement. It was the first time since 1967 that the Jamaica Labor Party had won back to back contested elections. The magnitude of the 16 seat pickup by the JLP was a clear mandate for the JLP to reshape Jamaica and set a new course for the country after years of stagnation and regressive performance under PNP leadership.
The Prime Minister’s statements blaming shadowy bogeymen for his watch’s escalating murders is a shocking admission that his security policies are an abysmal failure.
Come on, guys, are you serious right now? It is okay to say you were wrong. It is okay to say that the bullshit you have been peddling was .….……well, like I said, cow manure.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.