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Whither the Progressive Agenda?

Published:Monday | October 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM


As Jamaica looks forward to another round of promises and unfortunate statements that will be made during the heat of the moment on the campaign trail, I ponder, whatever happened to the People's National Party's Progressive Agenda?

You'll remember it's that nicely worded document grounded in the mission of Norman Manley and presented by Portia Simpson Miller in August 2011 in a bid to return to state power. In it, the Progressive Agenda spoke to the PNP?s enlightened commitment to "an approach to governance that will be data-driven, evidence-based with measurable outcomes".

These words jumped out at me, for when I apply them to the "data-driven" evidence that 18 babies died at public health institutions over the past four months because of a bacterial outbreak, and the "evidence-based" description by Dr Alfred Dawes of filthy and unhygienic conditions in hospitals, no wonder the "measurable outcomes" are such that not one technocrat or Minister Fenton Ferguson will be sanctioned.

Now, that's progress, the PNP way!

Considering that enlightened ideas like these only come out of the PNP while in Opposition, I will be looking forward to Part 2 of the Progressive Agenda in the very near future.