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Letter of the day: As Holness blooms, he preaches doom and gloom

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM


A New year is one that most of us look forward to with much hope and determination. After listening to the opposition leader's New Year's message, if there was ever a Grinch for the new year, he definitely is. I wish, therefore, to offer him my congratulations in never ceasing to lessen my confidence in him by unsuccessfully trying to lessen my confidence in the future as a Jamaican.

A New Year's message is supposed to give hope, signifying new beginnings, a chance at self-evaluation to put all our positive resolutions into action. It is supposed to convey best wishes and love to all, with warmth and goodwill.

However, Mr Holness' message was just the opposite, another prolonged segment in his political theatre. It was the furthest thing from a message of goodwill; a flagrant vote-begging exercise is more like it. The Jamaica Labour Party leader used this opportunity to continue his campaign as the bearer of bad news. Don't misinterpret what I'm trying to say as an objection to making references to difficulties of the past as I strongly believe these should be used as the blueprint for betterment in the future.

In order to know where you are going, you must remember where you are coming from. However, I think that Mr Holness' reversion of his New Year's message to instilling hopelessness and fear in people to gain political points is unacceptable.

His specialisation in rebirthing issues has reached an all-time low as he again dug up the dead babies. It is terrible enough to have lost a child, but to have an ill-considered politician using your pain to get ahead makes it doubly painful. I am sure this is an issue that these parents would not want to be constantly reminded of and even more so not in such a way.

Mr Holness, it is quite obvious that you have been very successful over the last few years by the size of your palatial dwelling, and so isn't it hypocritical that while you bloom, all you do is preach doom and gloom?