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Inarticulate majority must hold politicians accountable

Published:Saturday | December 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM


As a member of the so-called 'articulate minority', I found it downright arrogant for Minister Bobby Pickersgill to dismiss our criticism of the People's National Party, as though the validity of a statement is based on how popular it is. I also found it arrogant that based on the phrase 'articulate minority', he thinks the majority of Jamaicans are inarticulate, or stupid.

But I reflected on what he said, and maybe there could be a little hint of truth. He may not have said this explicitly, but it seems the majority of Jamaicans vote for their party, right or wrong, don't care about what's happening around them, or just are focused on trivial things.

Remember when Vybz Kartel was on trial? A whole lot of his fans were gathering at the courthouse, chanting, "Free Worl' Boss!" I was afraid that some riot would break out when he was found guilty (thank God nothing happened). Yet, with the issue surrounding the purchase of Outameni by the National Housing Trust, where are those people now, especially that most of them probably pay money to the Trust and are waiting for a house? How do they feel about their money used (or abused) like that?

I'm afraid to say this, but I agree with Minister Pickersgill on the minority being articulate, but that's it. I'm unhappy about that, but the politicians are not. Why? Because that's how they stay in power, by encouraging diehard support and keeping most of us ignorant.

So, I'm calling on all Jamaicans to stop with the diehard support for their party and hold their leaders accountable.

And those who don't care about what's happening around them should start because as Pericles said, "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." If we can't do those, we really do have an inarticulate majority!


Kingston 10