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'Run wid it', again?

Published:Monday | July 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM


'Frightening', 'unbecoming' and 'disgraceful' are the words that I can think of to describe Dr Fenton Ferguson's statements on a PNP platform last weekend.

Dr Ferguson, a Cabinet minister, stated in full glare of the media that he and the party's leadership plan to sit with the party's workers to determine how basically scarce, taxpayers' money will be spent to ensure that they - the PNP workers and supporters - are taken care of and help to bring victory for the PNP.

His comments reminded me of the famous 'run wid it' speech delivered by then Finance Minister Dr Omar Davies, where he boasted about being fiscally reckless in the name of helping the PNP to secure electoral victory. Dr Davies, was strongly criticised for the reckless comments. Clearly then, Dr Ferguson couldn't care less.

Dr Ferguson, in a normal, functioning, civilised society would have been fired from the Cabinet forthwith for such disgraceful and arrogant partisan public commentary.

Dr Ferguson made it clear to all of Jamaica that as a minister of Government, he and possibly his entire Cabinet are working solely in the interest of PNP workers and supporters and no one else.

What country can progress with this sort of arrangement? And with Dr Davies already saying so over 10 years ago, is it an unofficial policy of this government to focus its energies on their party workers and supporters?

It is just a matter of time that the majority of Jamaican people will rise up and put an end to the year's injustice. I won't even waste my time hoping that Dr Ferguson would resign or, better yet, be fired.

The most I can hope for is that the International Monetary Fund will maybe see to it that the government doesn't allow party politics to wreck the economy any further.

Denise Parkinson

Mineral Heights, Clarendon