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Is Small's brain shrinking?

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM


Hugh Small's comments about the prime minister, published in the Sunday Gleaner story of January 20, 'Doomsday ahead?', have already drawn much comment.

During her first stint as prime minister from 2006 to 2007, Portia Simpson Miller assessed the state of health services and concluded that it was prudent to make all services free for children up to 18 years. This was done in an effort to ease the burden of access to health care while ensuring the system was not overburdened.

The JLP government led by Bruce Golding, Mr Hugh Small's client, won the 2007 election on the wave of free health care for all. The result: overcrowded hospitals and shortages of medicine and vital equipment because of a lack of state funding and non-paying clients, many of whom can afford to pay. Who is the intellectual?

The first major public programme to have been implemented in 2012 by the new Simpson Miller administration was an emergency employment programme much like President Barack Obama's response to the economic crisis in the United States. Who is the intellectual?

No one has a monopoly on intellectual acumen, not even Mr Small.