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Letter of the Day: Bobby Pickersgill, the failure specialist

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I completely agree with the Gleaner editorial dated Sunday, July 5, 2015 ('Wanted: a new minister for water') calling for a new water minister.

Shockingly, for years now, those who live within the water minister's constituency, North West St Catherine, have grown accustomed to the lack of water in this area. For several of these rural communities, there is a continuous water crisis that successive governments have ignored and failed to fix.

We have also realised that only when those in Kingston and St Andrew are getting a taste of the everyday life of rural Jamaica, does the media tend to focus on this issue.

In fact, we know for sure that Bobby Pickersgill is very arrogant and uppity. He often dismisses the general concerns of the populace. (Read: $32 million is chicken feed; and "the articulate minority").

If The Gleaner should check its archives, it will realise that for every election, some grand work is announced in the Linstead area that never really gets completed. I draw your attention to the market refurbishing project and the bus terminal for Linstead.

If one should go around the constituency of North West St Catherine and survey the communities of Linstead, Lluidas Vale, Ewarton, Banbury, Orange Field, Treadways, and Victoria, you will see a state of neglect by the Government of this country and, more so, Bobby, who has been the member of parliament since 1989.

These small rural communities within his constituency are very agriculturally oriented and are plagued by high unemployment, high illiteracy and an emerging crime problem.

I ask myself, why have the people continued to vote for this type of poor governance in North West St Catherine? While I do believe that it is time for Mr Pickersgill to retire from politics, I hope that the conditions of North West St Catherine will improve. I hope, too, for the conditions of Linstead to improve, with increased employment, traversable roads, better water supply, and more reading programmes.

Is it possible for The Gleaner to start a weekly investigative report on the use of the Constituency Development Fund?