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Time to ask more of our politicians

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I am delighted by the number of public outcries that have followed the prime minister's announcement to take funding for the Budget from the National Housing Trust (NHT).

This because it shows an increased level of interest in the way the country is being governed, subsequently showing the Government that we will hold them accountable. However, I believe wholeheartedly that we should take it a step further and ask for political objectivity, the lack of which is without doubt the driving force behind this issue, and others with a similar undertone. I say this because if the PM Holiness, while in opposition, had not so vehemently opposed all suggestions to pull funds from the NHT for budget financing, the idea would seem palatable now.

As a country, the time has come for our politicians to objectively weigh plans put forward by their oppositions and respond accordingly for the benefit of Jamaica as a whole.


Clear understanding


There needs to be a clear understanding that the purpose of any opposition is not to discredit or undermine the government solely for political gain, but to do effective checks and balances, and hold the government accountable to the public.

In addition, the governing party has to understand that its success cannot be measured solely by its ability to outdo its opposition, but by effectively carrying out its mandate, subsequently improving the lives of its citizens.

In order for Jamaica to move forward, leaders must come to the realisation that whatever they do and/or say become enshrined in the minds of citizens, and so all decisions must be calculated properly before taken. In the interim, we will continue to have issues such as the NHT fiasco.

Patricia Clarke