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Unhelpful commentary

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I read Gordon Robinson's last two articles and I wonder why your esteemed newspaper allows prime space to unhelpful commentary.

In his first article, Mr Robinson says there is no hope for Jamaica. As someone born in 1971, now a father of three children, currently unemployed holding a master's degree and no visa, I must hold out hope. For my children's sake, I cannot share in the cynicism of Mr Robinson's generation.

As a contemporary of Peter Phillips and Portia Simpson Miller, his generation benefited from the generosity of the early Jamaican State. However, they wandered off into meaningless rhetoric which squandered our potential and left us no legacies on which to build.


I don't recall Mr Robinson being a critical voice of reason to the leaders of his generation. As far as I am concerned, he is as much a cause of Jamaica's 'hopelessness' as the people he criticises today.

I want to see the best for my country, and myself, regardless of who forms the government. Right now, with my children's schooling at risk, I want a job. I don't want my government to wander off into peripheral issues.

Bruce Golding promised jobs but lost focus when he wandered off and got mired in Dudus and Manatt. Portia promised jobs. I see some emergency employment rolling out, but still no job for me. I don't want this Government to get distracted with removing the Queen and Privy Council and establishing a Republic. Focus on the economy, Stupid.

Aside from the intellectual dishonesty of Mr Robinson's article in ascribing statements to persons who did not make them (for which he will claim journalistic licence), he seems to posit the argument that pursuing republic status and the Caribbean Court of Justice will somehow solve our economic problems. Frankly, I don't see how either of these things will provide me with a job, even in the medium term.

This is what really hurts me deeply. People like Gordon Robinson had their chance as the governing generation, and they messed.