Pirates of the Caribbean
This once great nation of hope and prosperity is being reduced to nothing but a wasteland of commercial slavery, joblessness, and frustration. The Jamaican political structure has remained true and loyal to the mould from which it was fashioned.
It would seem that based on their actions that the spirit of Governor Henry Morgan, the revered pirate of the Caribbean, is still sailing the high seas of plunder to this very day.
Contrary to the quick-fix promises made on both sides in every election since the invention of ink, our dire condition is obvious to those of us having what I like to call the uncommon sense that eludes the majority. It is with great respect and integrity that I exercise my right as a Jamaican citizen to question the leaders when it's necessary. I have no particular bias against any political party, only concern for the direction of my country.
I know that both parties and their governing practices have resulted in the country's present state. However, the People's National Party, it would seem, has been holding the harness of power for more than half of my life, and I've spent the same amount of time fighting for it under that leadership. There's been much talk about our prime minister's many blunders, particularly the recent one where she floundered on the years of our so-called independence. Maybe her lack of attention to detail might lend itself to the fact that because independence for Jamaica is not a reality, one might find it difficult to respect the memory of a fictitious theory.
ARE WE TRULY INDEPENDENT?
Can we truly say Jamaica is independent? How can a country that has resorted to borrowing from the International Monetary Fund to ensure its survival with almost no means of paying back be independent? Have you ever wondered why they keep lending us money even though they know we can't pay? It's called economic slavery.
Politicians sustain the ignorance of the people to ensure they can hide their nefarious activities in plain sight, which include selling vital infrastructure to outside interests. How can you remove the industries that provided the means for people to pay taxes, then implement heavy taxation on the now mostly jobless to offset the vacuum created by these poor decisions?
Politicians' policies have reduced a giant of industry to a microscopic, power-addicted parasite selling everything to get its next fix. It seems like a clearance sale, where everything must go, selling Jamaica at rock-bottom prices to the Chinese and everyone else who looks our way.
No matter whichever industry we lose, there is always an opening in the police force for young people who have no choice but join the fight against the same crime political policies created, or to become part of it. Most of them have to sideline or substitute their true aspirations for the arduous task of dodging bullets for meagre wages, while the Cabinets of too many prime ministers are full of overpaid, useless people living off the backs of the poor and middle class.
LEADERS FAR REMOVED FROM REALITY
By limiting opportunities for the hard-working poorer class, who are in the majority, you've left the minority who are honest, decent, middle to upper class to foot the bill created when so many people fall below the poverty line. You and your police escorts don't have to stop at the lights and bear the pressure of seeing able-bodied potential doctors and lawyers wiping windscreens or aspiring musicians from Alpha Boys' Home blowing their trombones for coins in a country to which reggae has brought so much revenue and respect. Our politicians never have to taste the bitter feeling of disappointment of not being able to help them.
You must recognise the ingenuity of all our people, regardless of where they're from. You must recognise that a country is a business, and, like any other business, will fail without proper management. To properly manage any business, we must embrace wholeheartedly the principles that make them succeed.
When all the political crosstalk is over and one party occupies Jamaica House, my advice is to truly rid yourselves of all the mannerisms that hold us back. Work with the Opposition for the good of the country, not the good of the party. Stop rejecting or discontinuing great ideas simply because it's from the Opposition. Regardless of who is elected to office, it's time for the people to win and for the parties to support them.
• Patrick Gaynor, better known as Curly Lox of Twin of Twins fame, is a singer, songwriter, author and social activist. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org, IG @twinoftwinscurlylox, or FB twinoftwinscurlylox.