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Proud again to be called a Jamaican

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 11:06 PM


Beating pot covers and running hysterically down the street.

Did I have to do all this to express my satisfaction at Thursday night's outcome? Of course not. Admittedly that would have added some extra zeal, but welcome to the intellectual era of politics in sweet, sweet Jamaica where we sit and have objective discussions about the future of our nation.

The darkest hour has passed just before the break of dawn as we inhale the crispy northeast trade winds and look towards the horizon. This is the birth of what many are speculating to be a promising era in Jamaica's political history.

The 'articulate minority' has spoken and the country welcomes its youngest prime minister-in-waiting, Andrew Michael Holness. After what was thought of by many as blatant disrespect to the populace, not only did outgoing prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller refused to participate in a political debate prior to the election, but her administration detoured from their manifesto to focus on the source of funding for the house currently being built by Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet.

The People's National Party was as confident as never seen before entering into a general election, and notably a few weeks before the Budget is due to be read, they gracefully dodged the pressing issues, made dictatorial moves, and obviously had their eyes set on the prize, which would be another term as government of Jamaica.

As a proud member of the articulate minority, as we are sarcastically called, I am waiting with bated breath to see what the new administration will bring forth to this ailing nation we call home. Will the crippled dollar see a spark of light, stand firm and hopefully cut speed? Will the Jamaica Labour Party be able to gain the trust of not only diehards and new-found voters but the entire nation?

I was about 18 years of age and fresh into university when Mr Holness served as the minister of education. He did an exceptional job.

For the first time in many years, I am very proud to scream I am a Jamaican outside of the Olympic season.