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Gov't making right first steps

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 12:04 AM


The signals by the new government so far are indeed impressive: the cut back on disposing of fairly new vehicles to former ministers of government, and the promise of a smaller Cabinet and the inclusion of fresh minds to Parliament are more than welcoming.

Damion Crawford of the People's National Party (PNP) has started the criticisms very early, stating that the smaller Cabinet will only save Jamaica $2m per month and the impact would be zilch. To my calculation, that would be $24m per year and $120m over a five-year period, and that can be put to great use.

I am fully aware that Mr. Crawford and his party does not understand the concept of 'one one cocoa full basket' so they will no doubt, consider that kind of money 'chicken feed' and would perhaps use that to go to London to 'shell down clubs' or just rack up phone bills and would not have to give an account for it because that's the modus operandi of the former administration.

Former Member of Parliament, we would like that kind of thinking to remain in the former column. This may be the start of a new era in Jamaican politics and we the hardworking people of this country welcome new beginnings, that's why we voted for this administration.

Bear in mind that the new administration promised frugality and accountability, and we the articulate minority will be reminding them of their promises on a consistent basis, because they seem to want to listen to the people, unlike your party that muzzled journalism or anything that questions their stewardship. So sir, we don't need your tribal, comradely tirade, now is the time to build.