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Our democracy has not matured after 60 years

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2022 | 12:09 AM


On display this past weekend was the Diamond Jubilee celebration of our nation’s political Independence. After 60 years of Independence, it could not be unreasonable to expect a maturing of our politics and governance. However, that seemed too much to ask.

Sadly, there appeared to have been a politicisation of our Independence celebrations, with ‘Jamaica 60’ banners being emblazoned with statements associating the celebrations with political constituency and divisional references. Why do we have to extract partisan political advantages from every undertaking of governmental endeavours?

Not only were the Independence celebrations blemished by partisan political gimmickry, but there were also many instances where resources were poorly expended. The aimless painting of walls in the colours of the Jamaican flag makes no sense when there are many other pressing needs and certainly because these painted walls will not be maintained.

We could have easily funded celebratory events in the parish capitals, instead of limitless waste, in painting every wall in black, green and yellow (gold).

Our two main political parties will have to come to the realisation that 60 per cent of the populace has moved on and very soon, only the tribal base will be interested in the circus.

The people are maturing and it is time those in charge of our governance take a cue.