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Sham democracy

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


In response to Ronald Mason's article on Sunday, May 29, 2016, I would not hold my breath if I were him. There can be no accountability with the kind of political culture and structure that exist in Jamaica.

Have you noticed that the Gangs of Gordon House are made up of mostly lawyers and trade unionists? Like I always say, control the law and do what you want, and control the workforce and keep the proletariat in check while the bourgeoisie bellies get fatter, competing with imminent expectant mother to see their toes or private parts.

Have you noticed that the real owners of capital are the financiers of political campaigns? How, then, will you reasonably see a change for the working class? Do you really think those people want accountability, Mr Mason?

Have you realised that the Constitution, though not explicitly so, only makes provisions for the current ruling party and the opposition party? For example, the ruling party leader is constitutionally given the right to name a certain number of senators, while the leader of the opposition names the remaining number. There is no reference to anybody else.

What if there were to be two other parties who had ten seats each, out of the 63? Wouldn't they have a say in Senate appointments? Do we even think about these things?

The system is not set up for politicians to be accountable, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. They set it that way so that there is no real option for those of us thinkers, so we stay away from the polling stations because we see no real option.

That is not real democracy. What we are given is a faÁade, and we live with it like we have no rationality.