Well, there are no surprises here, the Jamaica Labor party has won the general elections. [Duh] Days ago I wrote explaining why the elections were the JLP’s to lose. I will not relitigate those points sufficing to say that it did not require a soothsayer to see that (a) the JLP had performed admirably in some areas and (b) that younger Jamaicans are far less cultish than older Jamaicans.
I am particularly enthused by that regardless of who wins these days. Despite the many challenges that our country faces, I am still a firm believer in the young people who continue to show maturity on political issues, including not allowing anyone to use them to kill political opponents.
I would like to commend former police officer Newton Amos who vowed to send Robert Pickersgill a long time PNP MP for the North West St Catherine constituency into retirement and have seemingly done just that. Amos, I believe may have been the first former police officer to enter representational politics since the former Assistant commissioner Owen Stephenson did for the JLP decades ago.
I will not gloat about this monumental thrashing that the PNP was given on Thursday, September 3rd, much of what I believed would be the undoing of the People’s National Party(PNP) I have already said in previous articles.
Sufficing to say, though the governing (JLP) Jamaica Labor Party is far from perfect and there are some destructively arrogant members in that party who should not be there, the Prime Minister and some of his ministers had performed credibly well enough get a second term.
Delroy Chuch should have lost his seat, he does not belong in the party of Bustamante, he is a Socialist who wants to turn criminals back onto the streets as soon as they are arrested.
It was good to see that despite the landslide win, Kent Phillip Gammon was not elected to Gordon House. He is an extremely arrogant person that should never be allowed in parliament.
PNP STILL DOESN’T GET IT
Now I would offer a brief synopsis of a post mortem that I believe the People’s National Party would be well advised to follow. If I understand my Jamaican people correctly, especially some of those who got indoctrinated at the intellectual ghetto, they will simply double down on stupid.
So be it.
(1) You can say what you want about the younger generation but I have always had much respect and love for the younger generation, they are far from perfect but at least they learned that killing their neighbors over politics is inherently stupid.
Okay, so they kill their neighbor over another thing so what the hell are you talking about Mike?
Well, we simply have to get to the root of the other reasons and address them and they will stop killing for those reasons, but for now, we are talking about political killings.
(2) The PNP believes it’s own nonsensical press: *Jumeka a PNP kuntry* The above map begs to differ.
Jamaicans do not want to go back to the 1970s. I wrote months ago that I found it startling after their loss in 2016, the PNP still clung to the old appendages of the 1970s, Beret-wearing, clenched-fists, referring to each other as *comrades*, and worse exhuming Michael Manley’s ghost to talk about the 1970s.
In a tragic case of Déjà vu, the PNP harkened back to its so-called glory days, and the electorate handed them an identical ass-whopping as the one they gave to them in 1980.
(3) What nonsense, I wrote, Michael Manley’s completed a raft of social initiatives, as a nation we are forever indebted to him for his vision and foresight in his fight and contribution to the cause of social justice in our country. But by and large Micahel Manley’s eight-year tenure between 1972 & 1980 was a disaster for our country’s economy and the Jamaican people made it clear they were having no more of it. Michael Manley was booted from office in a 51 to 9 seat drubbing in the then 60 seat legislature by the JLP, under the leadership of Edward Seaga.
In a weird way, the social media strategy seemed to be centered on Manley’s past populism, of course, Peter Phillips the party’s leader has the charm and charisma of a rock, so I kinda understood the need to generate some excitement. But Michael Manley has been dead since 1997.
Voters are smarter today in what they expect to see happen by their elected officials. You can not send Damion Crawford out days before election day to promise free college tuition. You can’t declare days before the elections that you are going to pay people’s electricity bills and expect to be taken seriously.
The Jamaican voters know that all of those things must be paid for. A government cannot give freebies away to citizens and we still maintain a country. No longer will the deception and the lies fool voters anymore. Finally, Jamaicans are free-spirited people. We do not want ideology, we do not like ideology. As long as the PNP continues to act as an outdated Latin-American Marxist-Communist Party, it will be outside looking into Jamaica-house like the rest of us.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, he is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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