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Is JLP still in campaign mode?

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM


It seems that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) hasn't yet come to terms with the fact that it has won the general election and is now the Government of Jamaica. Members of the party are operating as if they are still in campaign mode.

After Audley Shaw's Budget presentation, I saw an advertisement in The Gleaner paid for by the JLP stating that it had delivered on its promise and has given the nation tax relief. Why would the Government of a country be advertising that it delivered on a promise? Isn't that what it's supposed to do?

In my estimation, this advertisement is inappropriate and misleading. It leaves one to wonder if the members of the JLP understand the seriousness associated with being in Government. They seem to be too concerned with scoring political points. It is rather frightening that politicians don't understand the difference between politics and governance.

Politics is doing whatever is required to get elected, so that one is in a position to direct governance. It is appealing to the electorate in order to win votes, and may or may not be sincere. Governance, on the other hand, is much more important.

When a political party takes office, its members must be politically mature enough to understand that their party must now take a back seat, and the country must come first. Decisions should be made based on what is good for the country at large and not what is good for the party.

It is disgusting to see our leaders from both sides play politics with important issues such as crime, education and economics. We see politicians using traditional media and social media displaying silly antics to score political points. I've seen politicians take pictures of them self visiting sick people, or delivering gifts to the less fortunate. Politics has become less about the people and more about the politicians.