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Damion Crawford opened my eyes

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I was deeply disappointed to learn that Member of Parliament Damion Crawford has decided to bow out of representational politics.

I admired Mr Crawford's determination to be truthful with his constituents and the public about the way the party machinery and voting works in Jamaica. I really learned about the behaviour and expectation of the voting masses from Mr Crawford's candour.

He was rather frank in telling his constituents that without an education, they would remain dependent and unable to defend their dignity as a human beings. He refused to simply hand out money to them as if they were children. He demanded that everyone find his or her own dinner.

Unfortunately, the influential constituents and, I guess, the party hierarchy were uncomfortable with his approach to scarce benefits and spoils as they see the dependency and ignorance of the people as the sine qua non of power-seeking.

It is truly depressing that this bright spark of genuine public service has been dimmed by the cynicism of Jamaican politics.