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Enough is enough, betta mus' come

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM


May is Child Month in Jamaica; we have seen a lot of pageantry and ceremonies to 'celebrate' Child Month. But isn't it about time that Jamaicans, especially the Government, start trying to, at least, make an attempt to live up to the true meaning of its creed - 'Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise a family, and do business' (The National Vision Statement of Vision 2030 - Jamaica).

What are the legacies that the citizens of Jamaica, and particularly the Government of Jamaica, have left for successive generations of children? Every decade that has elapsed since 1970 has left Jamaica worse off in terms of crime, social well-being and the economy. Jamaica, which was once the pearl of the Caribbean, now has one of the highest crime rates in the world, one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in the world, and one of the lowest per capita incomes of the English-speaking Caribbean countries. The majority of the children we graduate from high schools and colleges cannot find a job.

The tragedy of the situation is that successive governments just sugar-coat this dismal picture and the people of Jamaica are quite oblivious of the situation. Jamaica is only able to convict five out of every 100 murderers (International Narcotic Strategy Report). Our murder rate has been consistently over 40 per 100,000 citizens.

Jamaicans have to say, 'enough is enough'.

Wilberforce Reid