LETTER OF THE DAY - Poor leadership, lack of vision retarding Ja's progress

Published: Thursday | December 19, 2013 Comments 0


Once again a great Jamaican, this time Tessanne Chin, has shone on the world stage and demonstrated once more that Jamaicans are world beaters.

And, once again, we will see politicians jumping over each other to get on the bandwagon to try and benefit from her personal achievements, something in which they played no part.

Tessanne's success shows that it is the poor leadership which has plagued this country since Independence that has brought us to where we are. For it is poor leadership that has put us on the top of the corruption and murder pile, destroying the potential of so many of our super-talented people. Meanwhile, cultist followers would have us honour those who have been the architects of our destruction.

Tessanne's success did not come about only because of her natural talents, but because her talents were nurtured and, most important, because Jamaicans at home and abroad found something to rally around.

This is where leadership comes in, for with proper leadership, we at home and abroad can bond together and become world leaders in every area of life.


This is why I find this determination by some politicians to limit our potential, and stifle our self-respect, confidence and faith in ourselves by insisting that we have to hang on Caricom to succeed in this world, so counterproductive.

If Singapore can become a world leader, what is stopping us?

Poor leadership has affected us for decades, but are we prepared to shake off the shackles of lethargy and continue to accept the leadership of those who limit us as we go into the new year?

Despite the magnificent performance of the Tessannes, Shelly-Anns, Usains, and the unexposed talents of the thousands of young Jamaicans here, plus the obvious willingness of those in the diaspora to help us succeed, I would not hold my breath, since there is real truth in the popular saying, 'without vision the people will perish'.

Joan Williams

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