THE EDITOR, Sir:
I WRITE in response to the Letter of the Day in The Gleaner dated June 12, 2012 titled 'Jamaica needs a great prime minister'. My opinion is that the country will only achieve and maintain greatness by its people. The success or failure of any country depends on its people. To give the impression that leaders such as the prime minister of Jamaica or the president of the United States is responsible for a generation of wealth is false, and this country, Jamaica, better think again.
In 1959-1962, we had two leaders, Sir Alexander Bustamante and Norman Washington Manley, who are now national heroes. Mr Norman Manley advocated for Jamaica a self-government rule within the Federation of other Caribbean islands within the Commonwealth of Nations. Sir Alexander Bustamante considered otherwise, so a referendum was held to declare Jamaica's position whether to go it alone or be federated. The result of that referendum accounts for what we are today in terms of independence with full responsibility for our laws, education, economic growth and all the amenities necessary for living.
The capacity of a country and its people to develop must be through education. As a country, we were told that education cannot be eaten, and that what the people want is a little more flour and a little more bread. We as a people must face the facts and realities of life, that no one was born great. Great men and women come from straw. Hence, my pet phrase: 'From Straw to Strawberry whose hallmark and achievement is from the people then and the people now'.
What leadership does in any organisation, whether as president of a service club or a prime minister, is positive motivation - how to motivate the people to achieve their goals. For example, parents need to encourage their children to excel.
Mr Editor, let someone answer this question: Did Jamaica on December 29, 2011 have the money to fix the potholes all over the country, and did not fix them in order to give a little Christmas work? No, I don't believe they had, and it is equally true that the present administration does not have the money.
Glen V. Bromfield, JP
53 Hope Road