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LETTER OF THE DAY: Fantasies of an idealist

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

I have been reading with much curiosity, the circumlocutions and convolutions continually tried by our Government to cover their misdeeds over the last several months. When I compare them to the previous administration, I can't help but think that what these women and men face is surely a disease contracted on attaining state power. To that end, I offer a solution.

It would seem to be that the rot in both parties and their allies is at such an advanced stage that nothing can be done to remedy any of them. They are, unfortunately, beyond any kind of help and thus should be cast out as, like our West African ancestors realised, our society is unable to tolerate their deficiencies. My favoured method for doing so would be to send all of these affected persons to a distant cay, with a basic supply of food, to live out their days.

Back on our island, it seems that there is enough technical competence, ingenuity and verve for us to have a 'post-politician' era in which a committee with an appropriate terms of reference and performance indicators is nominated from among technocrats and business people to run our state. They seem to do quite well when not under the supervision and harassment of politicians anyway. They could attend all the requisite meetings, bring important issues to the public's attention through various means, and report monthly on decisions taken and the current reality, while maintaining their substantive posts.

In terms of getting the various public services looked after, we already have a plethora of public agencies to perform these various functions. Once they are able to plan sensibly for long-term development, the people of Jamaica may find that long-term solutions may actually make sense and be more popular.

Anyhow, these are the fantasies of an idealist. I continue to dream about a place Garvey would be proud of ... against my better judgement.

I am, etc.,




Kingston 19