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Councillors must deliver on promises

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM


As the official ballot count comes to a close, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has succeeded in painting Jamaica green for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Much of the country, and certainly not millennials, have never had a chance to see the JLP mature into leadership, though some of its fruits have either politically ripened in the spotlight or decayed on the sidelines. I wouldn't use the label 'underdogs' (that is reserved for all independent candidates), but the JLP surprised us.

Whatever green it is that gives them their kicks, I would like to see Mr Holness and his band of merry men at work. They would be very naÔve and easily deceived if they thought they could start celebrating before having any ideas of the scope of the work they need to do.

My attention is focused on the parish councils. I hope they are shaken out of their slumber and actually force these new councillors - whether JLP or PNP - to operate as they should. For the last couple of years, I've been wondering about the point of paying taxes. In the area where I reside, the gully and drains have neither been cleaned nor repaired in years. Even with the passing of the many storms, there was no rehabilitation to prevent flooding, which frequently occurs with the slightest bit of rain.

There's the matter of law and order, especially in our commercial centres, such as Half-Way Tree and downtown Kingston. I don't know what was happening, but I definitely did not feel the councillors' impact.

So, to Mr Holness and all the incoming councillors, ensure you stick to caring for the country and not yourselves. Show us you can do the work, work, work, work, work. If not, he can pack his bags and go.