THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is an open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
I would never pretend to understand the difficult task of being Jamaica's prime minister. However, I have been watching with bated breath for a year now to see you stamp your authority and take this country in a new and better direction. Naturally, you selected a team of ministers to assist you in achieving that.
For several months now, I, like many Jamaicans, have been asking about their respective roles, qualifications, and achievements. Many in media have been doing the same, with some suggesting that you reassign or remove some ministers.
As a woman myself, if there is one way to get me to not do something is to tell me what you expect me to do. So I understand the added difficulty our comments present to you.
Yet, many times, it is in taking advice that I have achieved my best results. I think in this case, Prime Minister, for your country's sake, some decisions have to be taken about the make-up and effectiveness of your Cabinet, as well as junior ministers.
As opposition leader, you appeared more confident, certain and secure than you have been appearing recently. Your public presentations were more inspirational; we saw the real you and that is who we voted for.
Jamaica knows that you alone can't be the transformation. But you alone have been elected to lead the transformation. It is clear that some of your ministers are not up to task. What do Buchanan, Neita-Headley, Guy, Hayles, Fagan, Azan, Brown, Crawford, Ffolkes-Abrahams and even Hanna bring? What have they achieved?
Similarly, why are Broomfield, Green, Campbell, Pryce, Silvera, Skeffery and Mikael Phillips, all accomplished professionals, not being considered?
We need better and more frequent communication in 2013; Sandrea Falconer, the chief communicator, has failed most dismally.
This country cannot survive underperformance for four years waiting on a political or electoral solution. You have the mandate, the authority and the power to make the changes now. Do you have the vision and the love for country to act?
Ironshore, St James