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Bipartisan politics can build Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Political tribalism is holding our development as a country behind. One cannot hold our Government accountable without being seen as a member of the People's National Party (PNP).

Not all individuals who are trying to hold our Government accountable are associated with the PNP; some of us are country first and party second. In fact, the PNP holding our government accountable in the right ways would be fantastic for our democracy. We need to start viewing ourselves as Jamaicans first and political affiliation way down on the list of things that makes us who we are.

Our politicians should not be viewed as demigods but rather, workers of the Jamaican people, whether you voted for them or not. No longer should people in our fragile state be upset by the fact that we ask our politicians to answer to us or work on our behalf as native or naturalised citizens of Jamaica.

I am a youth and I am aware of the role corruption and partisan politics have played in our lacklustre development. I suggest that local civil-society organisations such as the National Integrity Action take steps in promoting knowledge of the benefits of non-partisan politics to our people.

We can also promote civics and history lessons systematically in all levels of our educational system. This may also garner and empower our people to look beyond political affiliation and think about Jamaica.