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Letter of the day: Peter Pan and Mermaid running Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie. It depicts a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up. Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and, occasionally, ordinary children from the world outside Neverland.

Like Peter Pan, Dr Peter Phillips seems to be on a splendid adventure on the small island of Jamaica with his gang of comrades, making decisions that stretch the imagination but create nothing but further oppression. He lacks the impetus to create real opportunities for Jamaica's lost boys.

Of note in the tale of Peter Pan, is the nature of some of the characters he enjoys interacting with - fairies and pirates - characters who exist outside of reality and are unaffected by, and even benefit from human suffering, only occasionally interacting with the ordinary people.

Dr Phillips also seems to be radically out of touch with the suffering of ordinary Jamaicans and only, occasionally, seems to have a faint idea of the hardships that are being faced by the populace.

"No new taxes", he said, and here we are facing tax hikes. Why such burden? Only God knows. "No tax on electricity", declared the now prime minister, yet here we are staring down the double barrel of new energy taxes. Like the mermaids in the fairytale, who are hardly ever seen and heard, the prime minister of Jamaica is nowhere to be seen and has perfected the art of being mum while a crippled nation is burning to ash around her.

Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drowning, but they can also be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans while scarcely being seen.


Economically shipwrecked


Comparatively, our media-evading PM has been presiding over an economically shipwrecked country in which many small businesses, individuals, college students and households are drowning in this horrifying economic storm and, with that, heralds of how much she loves the poor, showing her beneficence with hugs and kisses, a mermaid of kind indeed.

Our Mermaid and Peter Pan have managed to create an illusion of good governance but, Sir, the ordinary citizens on the outskirts of PNP Neverland need representation.

Pots of beneficence will soon be served up to curry favour in order to secure ever important votes, and the mermaid will have us entranced by her sweet words yet again. Alas! We are not living in a fairytale! Let's not fool ourselves and wait on tenterhooks for Peter Pan to give us our long-awaited happily ever after.

Derville Lowe

Kingston 19