IS CRIME IN JAMAICA THE PNP’s LEGACY?

I have no political aspirations. My family and I have never derived any benefits from political parties.

In fact, in the days when the JLP with their hegemonic coloured politicians tried to buy votes with flour and rotten cod fish , my home in St. Ann was one of the few that voted People’s National Party and shunned the rotten goods which were being used to induce voting. To cut a long story short, it is alarming that the criminal activities have taken a turn for the worst in Jamaica.

Why despite the PNP having the strongest record for social programmes (Yes, it is Norman Manley who introduced education

  

Crime worse under PNP dollar devalue under PNP Jamaica is worse under PNPfor all Jamaicans at the high school level) crime has always been higher when the PNP is in power and crime control has always alluded the PNP.

In serious self reflection, I am asking myself why? I have listened to complaints of many Jamaicans and I have to ask myself why is this so? Why under the other regime, the crime rate is tolerable?

Is something of the nature of destroying the nation at work? By whom and in whose interests? There is an answer to everything. It appears that there are factors impacting the high crime rate on the island under all PNP state control.

The fact is only since the Dudus West Kingston fiasco has the country seen a significant reduction in crime in the last 15 years , although for a few months.

From all assessment and analysis only six (6) plausible reasons can be given and are as follows:

1. Serious economic disequilibrium that makes the worst come out of the criminal elements and the dispossessed Jamaicans.

2.Provision of guns by persons especially those with money to sabotage the government and social programmes.

  

3. The PNP party has always been soft on crime. Serious crime control has never been taken seriously.

4. The PNP has always been ambivalent in its mantra to protect human rights .

5. The PNP has made it easier for criminal elements , some or any aligned to the party to get away with terrorizing the population.

6. Crime pays and there is an investment in crime which might be political , economic or a mixture of both. In fact it could also be racially-economic driven. Who knows?

Therefore if we know the answer which is one from the above, and even the most hypocritical and cynical of us know it, why cannot the authorities or the people of Jamaica fix the crime problem?

It is time for serious action, strong leadership and steps to be taken which may not be favourable to some , especially those who benefited from crime to clip the wing of this scourge.

There are no other reasons so from these seven it awaits us all to analyse and assess the crime

situation if we have not done that yet and make our choice of the correct reason . Have you chosen the correct answer/reason ? Do not be a hypocrite? Be fair? I have made my selection. What about you?

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Winston Donald

My name is Winston Donald. I am currently completing a MA in Cultural Studies researching Street Art ( from a cultural studies perspective) I am Recruiting Officer and Enrollment Officer for University College of the Caribbean, New Kingston. I contribute to the Commonwealth Short StoryCompetition Columnist for the defunct Sunday Herald Newspaper Author on Marijuana : Export trade and Rural economics (manuscript being completed) Author on Rural Jamaican Cooking Creator of The Diaspora - Word Press blog Contributor to Sun Sentinel newspaper of South Florida Regular/Frequent contributor to the Gleaner and Observer newspaper

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Barry Francis
6 years ago

Writer I have one Question for you ..If Norman Manley introduced Education for all Jamaicans at the High school level,,What purpose the Common Entrance Exam Now ,,GSAT serve,,,I am from St Thomas with Only one High School ,,Morant Bay High ,,How did all of the children from St Thomas Fit into this ,,,How many schools ( high schools) did he build to achieve this ?

Jamaican Highlander
6 years ago

Jamaica is about 60-70 years behind, up till 1934 we Jamaicans were still slaves, I can remember in the 70s JLP said Jamaican don’t Need education and started to Hand out guns to the People,there was a time when Cubans were active in JA to build Schools and road and tunnels, what was happening there? they were storing guns,since then the crime went up.So it is not a PNP or JLP alone, we must educate our Nation,knowledge is power.I see a lot of educated Jamaican who can run this Island but they cant get the Chance because the private concern… Read more »

Evon Bennett
6 years ago

All this nonsense about which party did this or that, politic is the science of government and far too long now we have been fool by one political party or another, who’s only intention is to feed off the peoples ignorance and have brought us lower than we should be, its time to start a each one help one organization to help poor people so that we can boycott this government system that is keeping us poor and down trodden while they, their family and thugs live lavishly off our backs, Jamaica with all its resources should be on the… Read more »

Howard Pitt
6 years ago

I have never heard such diatribe in my life. There is no Government, PNP, JLP, or otherwise that would do anything to sabotage its own success. No Government would willingly create an atmosphere that would breed criminality or encourage a criminal underworld. The reason we are not able to control crime in the country is simply the lack of vision among our politicians; both PNP and JLP politicians alike. Crime cannot be fought solely by placing more of a criminal minded Police force on the street with big guns and a mandate to shoot and murder civilian. In order to… Read more »

Evon Bennett
6 years ago

Now that you see it fit to attack me privately on FB i can publicly say that people like you is a part of the conspiracy to keep Jamaicans under political slavery because you think your better that people from the slum, politician can no longer help Jamaica because all have gone astray thinking that we will be fooled forever, no matter who we are we all have a part to play bringing back Jamaica to where it supposed to be, those from the slum plays a greater roll because we are the majority and nothing will get better until… Read more »

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Joyce Hayden
5 years ago

Ever since Jamaica got its independent from the United Kingdom in 1962 both political parties failed big time.The first thing we loose is our passport and privilege to free travel without harassment. Next we loose the pound to the worth less dollar Now they wanted to get rid of the Queen and replace her with mama P.It seems to me we are giving up everything for nothing. Then we wonder why we are where we are and even better we still live off the remittance $ and £ you can’t stay pon cow back and cut cow him will shake… Read more »

Evon Bennett
5 years ago

Now that you see it fit to attack me privately on FB i can publicly say that people like you is a part of the conspiracy to keep Jamaicans under political slavery because you think your better that people from the slum, politician can no longer help Jamaica because all have gone astray thinking that we will be fooled forever, no matter who we are we all have a part to play bringing back Jamaica to where it supposed to be, those from the slum plays a greater roll because we are the majority and nothing will get better until… Read more »

Howard Pitt
5 years ago

I have never heard such diatribe in my life. There is no Government, PNP, JLP, or otherwise that would do anything to sabotage its own success. No Government would willingly create an atmosphere that would breed criminality or encourage a criminal underworld. The reason we are not able to control crime in the country is simply the lack of vision among our politicians; both PNP and JLP politicians alike. Crime cannot be fought solely by placing more of a criminal minded Police force on the street with big guns and a mandate to shoot and murder civilian. In order to… Read more »

Barry Francis
5 years ago

Writer I have one Question for you ..If Norman Manley introduced Education for all Jamaicans at the High school level,,What purpose the Common Entrance Exam Now ,,GSAT serve,,,I am from St Thomas with Only one High School ,,Morant Bay High ,,How did all of the children from St Thomas Fit into this ,,,How many schools ( high schools) did he build to achieve this ?

Jamaican Highlander
5 years ago

Jamaica is about 60-70 years behind, up till 1934 we Jamaicans were still slaves, I can remember in the 70s JLP said Jamaican don’t Need education and started to Hand out guns to the People,there was a time when Cubans were active in JA to build Schools and road and tunnels, what was happening there? they were storing guns,since then the crime went up.So it is not a PNP or JLP alone, we must educate our Nation,knowledge is power.I see a lot of educated Jamaican who can run this Island but they cant get the Chance because the private concern… Read more »

Evon Bennett
5 years ago

All this nonsense about which party did this or that, politic is the science of government and far too long now we have been fool by one political party or another, who’s only intention is to feed off the peoples ignorance and have brought us lower than we should be, its time to start a each one help one organization to help poor people so that we can boycott this government system that is keeping us poor and down trodden while they, their family and thugs live lavishly off our backs, Jamaica with all its resources should be on the… Read more »