THE EDITOR, Sir:
Allow me to urge civil society to give Damion Crawford its full backing in his present struggle with party supporters in his constituency. They are annoyed that he wants to spend the lion's share of constituency funds improving the educational chances of youth in the area. They want vouchers!
I ask for this support because when senior party members are asked to comment on his decision we get a 'fenke-fenke' "Yes, BUT ... ."
We know that means Mr Crawford's promising political career could be plummeting. How do we know? There was a woman of courage and character who won a seat in St Catherine. She soon made public her refusal to 'hug up' gunmen. That marked the beginning of the end of her career in representational politics.
Shortly after the start of our modern political arrangements, political aspirants - anxious to curry the favour of prospective voters - introduced a 'womb to tomb' political breastfeeding programme. All that was required of the people was to stay loyal and vote. All things would be given to them FREE, and all decisions would be made for them.
The cultivated parasites, baying for Crawford's blood, know that this is the game. Mr Crawford seems not to realise that the game is fuelled by illiteracy and oiled by ignorance.
How can you put the calf to suck the milk when the milk is needed for drinking?
This system has an ugly cousin that is equally damaging and debilitating. It is called 'foreign aid'. It is easy to see why - like this local arrangement - it is a political success.
While it increases government power, it destroys economic incentives, promotes unprofitable enterprises, subsidises misguided policies and, in so doing, partners with its local cousin to promote and prolong Third World poverty. This constituency programme is - like so many other schemes - designed to foster dependency. I disagree with those who claim that these programmes are intended to provide security.
History has shown us that they have destroyed both liberty and the economic security necessary to enhance individual security.
Educated people ask questions and demand sensible answers. There is absolutely no place for that in the present scheme of things. But our taxes are needed to bribe the gullible for their votes.
It is for these reasons that I urge civil society to move against what is a fundamentally immoral arrangement in which money is bled from taxpayers to fund these questionable activities.
Stony Hill, St Andrew