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PM, Government out of their depth

Published:Saturday | February 2, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Was Colin Campbell's op-ed defence merely kissing up to Portia Simpson Miller? - File


I have been reading the responses to the Sunday Gleaner article of January 20, 2013 featuring Hugh Small's comments on the PNP's and the PM's intellectual capacity with increasing incredulity, but it's Colin Campbell's op-ed (Gleaner, January 24, 2013) which has finally 'drawn my tongue'. What rank hypocrisy! So Bruce didn't deserve a defence?

Yet Mr Campbell and the rest of the PNP hierarchy will gladly cower behind a legal defence of Trafigura. How about his colleague Kern Spencer? Should he go it alone in the courts?

Whether you care to admit it or not, it is painfully obvious to any unbiased observer that this administration, and the PM in particular, are badly out of their depth. Asinine assertions by the PM throughout her tenure have NOT instilled confidence in me.

Rubbish like a two-week IMF agreement, working and not talking, not talking herself out of power, asking people if they wouldn't want their children to fly first class too, and on and on.

Interestingly, the PM certainly wasn't short on talk during her time in Opposition. She had no qualms about talking herself into power while on the campaign trail.

Continuous lapses

I submit that it's people like Colin Campbell who have lapsed. The problem is compounded by the fact that he and his administration's lapses are anything but momentary.

It is notable that Mr Small is not alone in his views about the PNP generally. Claude Clarke, Errol Ennis and, indeed, even the tribalist Lambert Brown, have all been moved to criticise various aspect of the PNP's 'performance'.

For sure, media and civil-society groups have been muted in their criticism, no doubt because of shame or self-interest, but still the tide of resentment is slowly building. Keeping your head buried in the sand has proven historically to be an ineffective strategy. For proof of this, just look at the JLP, an organisation perennially inept at PR and only very recently and somewhat reluctantly embracing change.