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Grand Gala a grand waste - Need a break from washed-up routines

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Grand Gala 2014 was the perfect unintentional satire of the chaos that Jamaican society contends with today. The show was clearly lacking in vision and creativity to make do with little.

Each year, we see what could be hundreds of children, clad in beautifully sewn and brightly coloured garb, moving around as hangers instead of embodiments of the culture we are celebrating. Their faces tell the tale of the disconnection from the culture of which we are slowly losing grasp and understanding. It has become clearer just how lost we are as a people, and this cost $57 million.

If you were seated outside of the grandstand area, which housed dignitaries and a few other privileged patrons, you would have been left to painfully wonder what was being said about the performances going on. There was no accommodation for the rest of the stadium that seemed to only have ornaments resembling speakers facing them; no sound was emitted.

Perhaps those patrons would have been better served had they stayed home and watched over the Internet or on TV. This was most evident at the moment the national anthem was played. Most persons stood only because they noticed another portion of the gathering at the stadium standing, and when the anthem 'obviously' ended, they blindly sat down.


We have often heard about two-faced politicians, but at each staging of the gala, it is two-faced citizens who were present. So many of those who we have seen each night in the news expressing how the Government has wronged and robbed them, abandoned and lied to them eventually forget their grouses. During the grand entry of each dignitary, particularly the prime minister, the crowd could be heard cheering heavily, giving hearty rounds of applause and resounding blows of the vuvuzelas.

How can you expect to hold a government accountable when it knows that at the flick of switch, it is given a day's pass?

That money could have been better spent, since the majority of persons who are sure to have truly appreciated and enjoyed that questionable display of pride are the families of those who performed and Jamaicans from the diaspora.

Grand Gala and the washed-up routines need a holiday and the expenditure rerouted.


Kingston 10