With elections put off till the new year we take this time to reflect on the young guard in both parties and what they have to offer. Both parties have a raft of young senators, m.p.’s and caretakers, some would have us believe that is good enough but let us delve a little deeper.
M.p.’s in the ruling pnp are currently all in spats of some sort. Unsure of where they stand and naive politically they spar publicly with others in and out of the party while at the same time making silly public comments. Meanwhile in the jlp we have youngsters being installed then withdrawn while a young woman is now vying for se rural st Andrew.
The young mps and prospective mps all have one thing in common is that they all represent a continuation of the same tried and failed method of partisan politics. See the Senate for a case in point, littered with youth we see them squarely on partisan lines whatever the debate as was the case in the ccj debate.
The young also mimic the old in there actions. We see them embroiled in corruption scandals, we see them involved in petty squabbles and worse still we see them politicize everything. Be it the dead babies, they say it’s because of politics not policy. Be it crime they blame politics not policy.
Perhaps they will get better and in 2016 be better, but im not holding my breath. With elections on the horizon I see it getting worse, especially with Omar stating that the youth should be under the tutelage of the incompetent elders
So Andrew has had his wife installed as caretaker for SE st Andrew, the joke is he will have someone to watch his back but is something more sinister afoot?
Now his wife is clearly brilliant and that can not be held against her but when has she ever shown an interest in politics and does she not realize that the optics of this are that she is being installed in a not so subtle way to form a dynasty. We already have that prospect with Imani and Peter’s son.
The worse and this will be short is that they are jippng the nation, Andrew is assured a PM salary, you think about the rest.
Jamaica has a democratic history stretching back to the forties, but in that time politics have been dominated by nine persons. Who you may ask, the party leaders is my reply. Jamaica with the Westminster system really only allows for two parties, and this is exacerbated when it is a small nation.
The Westminster system breeds donmanship, it has the party leader as the be all and end all because they are by extension the prime minister or leader of the opposition. We need to move away from politics based on patronage and this starts at the very top.
A system of proportional representation is needed, as is the direct election of the PM and Senate. This would ensure that the system of patronage ends, this would cut away the power of the big man of of politics.
This would mean that the representatives elected wouldn’t be beholden to the party line and could vote in ways that benefit the country and not there political career. Hopefully we can get there soon.