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PNP overrun with garrison politics

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM


IT IS indeed appalling to see the spurious attacks being aimed at the newly elevated Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness. It is imperative that independent-minded Jamaicans uphold and encourage this young man, who, it seems, has genuinely turned his back on the garrison-corrupted process. My barometer is the fact that he has won his parliamentary seat with a realistic majority, unlike the ridiculous margins associated with other party leaders who always choose the easy way out by selecting a garrison seat.

The present dynamics affords the old guards, especially the People's National Party (PNP), who, it seems, have perfected this unsavoury system during their 18-plus years in office, with almost certain electoral victory, if the independent voters stay away.

This compromises the demo-cratic process, allowing some politicians to spurn the people while being certain to retain power, through institutionalised skulduggery, and just plain partisanship.

suffering country

The pervasive idea is that the PNP takes care of its own, fashioning the self-proclaimed PNP country, while the country itself suffers. This is not to say that the JLP does not practise this debilitating type of politics also, but the PNP seemingly has mastered the rudiments of such a system on account of time spent in power. Indeed, the PNP probably have twice as much garrisons than the JLP, so it will almost be impossible for them to mitigate against a system which obviously benefits the party.

Therefore, the future of the country lies with the people, who will have to come to realise this anomaly that is bound to further pauperise the country, if they do not wake up and smell the coffee as soon as possible.

Albert Einstein said something to the effect that one cannot do the same thing the same way over and over, and expect different results.

A. Mclean