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Slap in the face of taxpayers

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Jamaica welcomes President Barack Obama with open arms. I am so happy that we seem able to clean house and put our best foot forward to welcome this historic, inspirational figure.

I hope with all my heart that we make a significant impression on Mr Obama. I hope that he will remember his visit to Jamaica long after he leaves the White House.

It is our own Government that I take issue with. Daily, we plead for good roads, garbage collection, street lights to be repaired, for even an appearance of order. Literally overnight, our Government has transformed areas of our city Kingston into oases of clean, orderly beauty.

What we have been clamouring for is apparently not an impossibility! What has happened is more than a mere clean-up to receive and honour distinguished and worthy guests. This is a slap in the face of us taxpayers who are forced to exist and live in squalor.

To be very clear, it's the absolute absence of any semblance of reasonable governance ordinarily that makes the preparation for the visit so offensive.

This is evidence of what can be done, literally overnight, if Government puts its mind and muscle to it.