No Miss Hanna, You Still DON’T Get it

Maleficent Source: disney.wikia.com
Maleficent
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Politicians..they never fail to amaze me. They are tone deaf, people deaf, senseless and self opinionated creatures that exist on planet earth. Someone could be the nicest person , like the charming Miss Hanna, past Miss World and a toast of the nation but somehow when they become  a politician they are transformed into a political Maleficent, that evil and sinister character everyone loves to hate.

“Maleficent doesn’t know anything about love, or kindness, or the joy of helping others. You know, sometimes I don’t think she’s really very happy.”―Fauna about Maleficent

Miss Hanna seems to fit that description. How can a lady with such beauty and apparent intelligence, become such a terror and territorial  in such a short time? When a politician publicly responds to an opinion expressed by someone on how they see their government’s performance, a government  elected to eliminate bureaucracy, manage the economy efficiently, create jobs, and  manage investments and social programs , that politician is either scared of criticism, trying to cover their A** or quietly saying “help, I need some ideas.”  Responding is not the problem, it’s how they respond that matters and it is here that the lovely  Miss Hanna has erred once again. Instead of using the criticism as an advantage and use positive language to solicit a remedy, she has opted instead to throw  some of her colleagues under the bus when she says..“stop blaming and lumping all politicians together…’  and literally trying to start an argument on social media,  one that she will never win.  Here is the criticism and response.

Lisa Hanna Chronixx tweet what they said
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She ended by tweeting

  
   I think we should always be fair in our judgement of others.

You almost feel sorry for her, at least I do. Miss Hanna lesson # 1 as a Minister of Government . Use every criticism as a positive. Take the high road. Politicians rarely win the cruel atmosphere of  social media. It is something they all need but so often fail as it amplifies their weaknesses. Miss Hanna here is how I expected you to respond.

Response 1 : “OK, so you’d like to see a better link with culture and tourism– what would you say is the main thing that ought to be different?”  Throw it right back at Chronixx and offer to meet him to discuss further.

Or if you must defend your pitiful ministry’s efforts then here is an appropriate response #2.  “I can see what you are saying, Let me tell you why I did it this way.”

Or if you can be someone who listens and intuitively discern the sense out of the criticism, then here is another response # 3 “I’ve thought about what you said and what I’m going to do is…”

Miss Hanna instead of using the usual way of dealing with everything in Jamaica as a personal vendetta  I and by extension the people of Jamaica, including your suffering supporters, expect you to turn your words into action to show that you can listen to feedback, respond in the correct way and still get the job done. Is that too difficult? Apparently it is,

Let us get one thing straight, the only reason why you and your government is in power is  the fact that good and sensible people did not vote. Let me remind you of the figures. The last local government election the projected turnout was 28% of the electorate the lowest in history. Nobody cares, not even your party faithful. They see local government as the biggest ponzi scheme since taxes were invented. It is not working and no one is trying to fix it.

The national election was no better. In 2011, 1.8 million people reached the age of eligibility to vote (Voting Age Population) 1.6 million people registered to vote. Usually its the younger generation that decide to forego their rights, a difference of over 250,000.  Of that 1.6 million only 46% actually cast a vote or in real numbers just over 870,000. (Data:The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance)

  

This government, like the previous ones on the other side, has achieved what every politician is very good at – demotivating an entire nation with so much political hogwash that the best form of protest by the voters is not to vote.  Our politicians are blind to this protest. Call it what you will  Miss Hanna, but politicians  use this as their opportunity to use the national resources to take care of party faithfuls, that number of people that actually vote for them. Sista P, by her actions only speak to her faithful, even more recently at her convention when she said “Jamaica is in a better place.” Her interest as leader of the country is only for ‘poor people’ for which she is always working, working, working. So Miss Hanna your kind is not popular in Jamaica right now and as Chronixx subtly puts it he is laughing at the Jamaican Government and the poor people who wave their flags and living on captured land, and yet you do not see behind  what he is saying.

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Image Source: soundcloud.com

Miss Hanna, Chronixx is talking beef and you pork. What Chronixx is saying  is with the exception of  your suffering supporters, he is laughing, like everybody else in a sensible world,  at a clueless government that continues to fool themselves and their faithful that ‘Jamaica is in a better place.” What Chronixx is saying is as far your Ministry is concerned, it does not have the foresight or the creativity to use our culture, not just reggae music,to create, promote and establish cultural tourism where there is a large market, and move away from the old , mundane 80s way of marketing this country, like the rest of your millionaire friends in tourism, as a cheap all inclusive destination offering second class entertainment, sun, sand and beach. Our tourism product  is as old as the constitution, outdated and irrelevant. What has your Ministry done for tourism lately? What new innovative cultural event  has taken place in the last 12 months that has brought  in thousands of visitors to the island organized and/or endorsed by your Ministry?

What Chronixx is saying is our Reggae is not just music that our artist create for people’s listening pleasure on Ipods, but like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland and other European and countries to which he has travelled, have used Reggae music to boost their economy creating jobs and other industries, something your Ministry as he as mentioned, has not  even erected a state of the art venue for live reggae performances.

Miss Hanna, let me be frank. The few tourist that visit this ‘bankrupt country’ are suffering from an overdose of Dunn’s River falls, Rick’s Cafe  and jerk pork at Scotties. Where are our historical and national monuments in every parish , not just Kingston ? Do you know how many they are and why aren’t they protected by law? Have you taken a drive in any of the parishes and see the state of monuments or historical and cultural artifacts? You go to a city like Washington D.C USA and you see a city beaming with pride on its historical heritage. You visit the Sam Sharpe Square monument in Montego Bay or the Paul Bogle monument in St. Thomas and you wonder is this it? Is this what Jamaica has to offer? In every parish there is something to be proud about, something to sell, something to market, something for locals and visitors to see. Yet they are either left to decay or given to some wayward historical restoration committee that has no clue of restoration much less the economic value of these artifacts. And you wonder why Chronixx is laughing at the government?

Miss Hanna, stop throwing the rest of the government under the bus and stop covering your A**  You can’t pick a petal from a rose and say that petal is beautiful but the rose is dangerous as it pricks you. If you are a part of it, you are in it.  Now is not the time to duck criticism but use it constructively and move forward.

The development of cultural tourism is increasingly important to the centrality of any modern society. We prefer to see you use $54 million dollars for the construction, exchange and movement of attractions to not only promote our heritage but create jobs and indexing Jamaica’s modernisation.  The 54 million dollars you wasted on the epic disaster called the Grand Gala would have been better spent if your ministry had  promoted and created the biggest Cultural Festival in Jamaica the world has ever seen from the Maroons to Chronixx , a festival like no other, a festival simultaneous in all 14 parishes on Independence day, covered by the large networks of the USA and Europe , showcasing our heritage, our music ,our food, our heroes, our people, an event so big, the Olympics opening will look like a summer picnic.

The pilgrimage called Tourism has changed Miss Hanna and your Ministry has not done anything in modern times to do something different. France has the Louvre, Britain has Big Ben. Egypt has the Pyramids. Japan, China, Switzerland all have their cultural masterpiece. We have, amongst other things, Reggae. Build on it. Transform it. Market it. Own it. Your ministry is at the centre of changing the perception of Jamaica’s existence as a modern island proud of its culture and using it at the centre of urban and rural development and image enhancement.  Work with the innovators in the industry and make Jamaica proud, not just your flag waving party supporters.  That is what Chronixx is saying. Now lets see you make the right move now, Madame Minister.

Written by Paul Tomlinson

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Hova Hanchard
5 years ago

On point

Hova Hanchard
5 years ago

On point

Dayne-Paul Ashman
5 years ago

This article was absolute shit tho! I hope that the writer of this piece-of-shit article actually has a day job, and that this is just a hobby. I was genuinely interested in reading this piece.. But you quickly made me lose interest. You suggest that Lisa should try to arrange a meeting with Chronixx to try to gather some perspective from him, but did you not read her response where she said that she has tried to contact him times before.. unsuccessfully! Maybe the rest of the article does a better job, but I wouldn’t know as I didn’t continue… Read more »

Kwame Gordon
5 years ago

Biased article. Comparison to Maleficent unfounded. Tone shows resentment to all politicians. Fact that Chronixx disregards her calls, which means meaningful dialogue is impossible is ignored. Article would have made a greater impact if it the tone was not so aggressive. However, point taken.

Kwame Gordon
5 years ago

Biased article. Comparison to Maleficent unfounded. Tone shows resentment to all politicians. Fact that Chronixx disregards her calls, which means meaningful dialogue is impossible is ignored. Article would have made a greater impact if it the tone was not so aggressive. However, point taken.

Kwame Gordon
5 years ago

Biased article. Comparison to Maleficent unfounded. Tone shows resentment to all politicians. Fact that Chronixx disregards her calls, which means meaningful dialogue is impossible is ignored. Article would have made a greater impact if it the tone was not so aggressive. However, point taken.

Susan Webs
5 years ago

how is she going to get it….don’t you remember she lives in the bubble of the dumb government.

Kliffe Kliffe
5 years ago

EXCELLENT PIECE!!!!!

Shaun Soldierdumplin Reid

Totally agree! My bro you are right on Point, every country capitalize on Reggae Music except the country of it’s origins.because Government can’t see marketing outside of Ja. Dumb clueless government still using the ideas of an era that has extinct.

Sheldon Gray
5 years ago

“the only reason you and your government is in power is because good and sensible people didn’t vote” I stopped reading at that point, What nonsense is that, I chose to exercise my franchise and voted, so does that mean i’m not good and sensible. Its like we cannot criticize and stick to the issues, everything has to get personal. Mr Author no one is fooled by your phony compliments of Miss Hanna, its evident that you hold bias towards politicians and Miss Hanna’s call not to lump all politicians in the same basket is one you too should heed.… Read more »

Alex Moore-Minott
5 years ago

Miss Hanna, where were all these agreements when Bob Marley was spreading reggae….o please, give me a break

Claude Lindo
5 years ago

Criticism of “them” is easy, finding and implementing workable solutions is much harder; so most people just choose to throw words. I didn’t see anything wrong with her reply, at least she’s listening and invited a dialogue. When we (either directly or through inaction) elect a set of persons to represent us, we know that they are not necessarily the specialists in the areas assigned. Most of the work is done by the permanent staff of the respective ministries and agencies, often based on plans set even before the last election. I think the real problem is how to get… Read more »

Lois Green
5 years ago

Very good Mr. Tomlinson, great article!!

Germaine Madras Buchanan

on point….she spoke about Chronixx and others benefiting from foreign trade and cultural services but how true is this? I’m sure she just grouped him and the others under one umbrella when maybe he is the one just like many in the business have to find to establish and maintain these links by “working in 10 feet of snow” They/she really don’t know…makes me laugh. For a country that invented reggae i do see the point of Chronixx’s argument. we truly need to market reggae as brand Jamaica…most of these local shows are put together by locals with little or… Read more »

Karl Thomas
5 years ago

Firstly I want to say, Government can’t create jobs. Government can only grow itself by adding to the Tax burden on the populace. Government should at all times seek to to be more efficient and remain small. Government can assist in the Private sectors growth by creating a Business friendly and efficient regulatory structure that nurtures local Business and protects the Citizens from predatory practices and malfeasance. As long as we allow Government to be responsible for Everything, Nothing will get done. Because they get paid whether anything is done or not…see how that works?!?

Karl Thomas
5 years ago

Firstly I want to say, Government can’t create jobs. Government can only grow itself by adding to the Tax burden on the populace. Government should at all times seek to to be more efficient and remain small. Government can assist in the Private sectors growth by creating a Business friendly and efficient regulatory structure that nurtures local Business and protects the Citizens from predatory practices and malfeasance. As long as we allow Government to be responsible for Everything, Nothing will get done. Because they get paid whether anything is done or not…see how that works?!?

Davia Hershey Bedward
5 years ago

THIS ARTICLE IS SO GOOD, I’LL BE SHARING IT TWICE ON MY WALL! You could’nt have said it better! great read!

Troy Ellis
5 years ago

Very true we are blind to what’s ours an yet we still criticize our own people putting them done pass them by when everyone did pay square share of tax so the government pay check never short .200000 kids leave school every year borrow student loan but still can’t get the chance to pay it back ,no work is degradable .I travel a lot of country dying for what we have but who moniter it doesn’t even see the benefits behind it only see the need to hike taxes ,miss Hanna this qyestion is for u why another country us… Read more »

Kerisha Reynolds
5 years ago

Well Said!!!!!!!

André McLean
5 years ago

Nice!

Goldilocks Negril
5 years ago

yes, historical and cultural artifacts such as PINNACLE must be preserved.

Goldilocks Negril
5 years ago

yes, historical and cultural artifacts such as PINNACLE must be preserved.

Precious Jamaican Sapphire

Our country should have sensible people such as Mr Tomlinson in their decision making process. I am positive that the Minister nor her PM can fathom a comeback. Hats off to you Paul Tomlinson.

Michelle Williams Blake

My concern is this virus chickgunya is not much care to the Ministry of health. this is an eye opener with this virus spreading so rapidly .How many Tourist will be interesting to visit this Island .Wake up you all sleeping there are so many breeding sight in my community. I will be willing to share this virus at Jamaica House .who feels it knows it.

Ramesh Sujanani
5 years ago

Well I thought you received good mileage in that criticism, and set the record straight. It also challenges her to explain the $54 million for Festival 2014, for which no real benefit was realized. Our strikes as referred to by Kwame, often have no real direction and support. They need to be managed better with more emphasis on achieving a result.

Ramesh Sujanani
5 years ago

Well I thought you received good mileage in that criticism, and set the record straight. It also challenges her to explain the $54 million for Festival 2014, for which no real benefit was realized. Our strikes as referred to by Kwame, often have no real direction and support. They need to be managed better with more emphasis on achieving a result.

Lorna Kerr
5 years ago

Wow….yesss, intelligent and knowledgeable people are still here!

Devashia Whyte
5 years ago

Well said!!

Sean Morgan
5 years ago

It’s definitely ironic that Lisa is being attacked for actually responding and providing an almost diplomatic response – this is exactly the type of relationship we would like to have with our Ministers and people in charge – accessibility and responsiveness. Her response was almost perfect up to the last line, where it seemed like she was trying to separate herself from the bunch – and why shouldn’t she? When there are bad teachers at a school or bad employees at a company, you don’t broad-brush and say well EVERYBODY MUST BE like this one person – if that were… Read more »

Adrian Williams
5 years ago

This article is long for no apparent reason. No necessary reason. Alot of what is in this article is just based of personal judgment which can be marred based off one’s inclination towards politicians ona while. I see where the minister answered fairly. What you want the minister to say is solely up to you! Did you ignore the part where she said that she called the artiste to hear his ideas? Whether she lied or not why stress the issue? At the end of the day there has to be some resolve. *sarcastically* Dont be like our “politicians” (in… Read more »

Dreddie A Collins
5 years ago

Excellent article. I’m afraid that the lack of vision and social interest regarding the Jamaican leadership has not only deprived and devastated Jamaica and Jamaicans.Our politicians due their own self interest and personal political agenda have denied the world of a diverse beautiful and rich in culture Jamaica

Kabry Campbell
5 years ago

Was almost impressed with this article but the use of “there” where “their” should be makes this lose all credibility. Basic grammatical mistakes from an article of this calibre? Hmm.

Rohan Silvera
5 years ago

the attack on lisa hanna will give the much needed result tht is wanting in the industry the effort some place in there attack cud otherwise be uesed to bring both artist and goverment 2gether for more meaningful dialouge

Miguel Gramma-Zone Reid

80% on point so cyaa cus you paul. Well written piece, I guess we are only human so we will always have that lil subjective view, but yh great piece it can actuallt help to change Jamaica if the right individuals read it.

Rohan Silvera
5 years ago

i think for the sake of the industry consultation is wat is needed not critisim …..the minister needs our support

Imhotep Amen-Ra
5 years ago

Bankrupt political system and politicians bankrupt of ideas ..

Lyon Lyon-o House
5 years ago

Well done….well said….

Tonisha Farquharson
5 years ago

We need to stop blaming politicians. Period. A Reggae venue that is the center of that music niche for the entire world is a brilliant idea and has been. It has been called for by Jamaican artistes and fans from “lang time now”. The fact that Jamaica failed to fill this gap led to the rise in large and successful Reggae festivals in Europe and North America where Jamaican Reggae artistes are merely guests and the majority of the profits go to foreign businesses. But for crying out loud! Stop blaming politicians for everything. This is annoying me. It is… Read more »

Rose Ainsworth
5 years ago

Ive been inncanada for 8months now. And i can believe my eyes were open wide on my host country jamaica. And its so embarassing to see what a waste of time is the government there. And so i got drafted by very powerful canadians and wealth builders a. And when i open up my country (jamaica) to the people they are training me to go back and change all of that demise the government put the country through. We have a good agricultral back groud but yet they import produce. We have good weather and culture and yet they neglect… Read more »

Bryan Walters
5 years ago

I vowed never to vote again in my life time. These politicians are only enriching themselves, friends and family members. Why are so many children of politicians are entering politics? So that the benefits can continue to trickle down in the family. I would like to ask all Jamaicans, have their lives been better off since the last election?

Vernon Willie
5 years ago

Why is it that good articles are most times dismissed as supporting or attacking a person or political party. Why is it so hard to look dispassionately at the substance of the comments, claims and charges and dealing with those dispassionately. Politicians should stop wearing teflon suits.

Rose Ainsworth
5 years ago

Can i say somthing very funny? In the next ten years time to come, election in jamaica is going to be like a one hit wonder artist. This new generation is going to ignore you so bad that the house of parliment is going have to just vote for them selves. Lol. Trust me.

Orlando Allan Chong
5 years ago

It was a wonderful article, Mr. Tomlinson. Its about time we as Jamaicans start voicing our concerns and opinions. I too am fed up of these EDUCATED FOOLS running our country that have no forward thinking. Everyday they come in/on the media and sugarcoat how everything is going great. DEM TEK WI FI EEDIAT NUH. Pity ” they don’t know”. The sh*# soon hit the fan so everything must come to and end.

Damian 'Myzery' Rowe
5 years ago

In all honesty, the tone of the article for the most part shows that you are no better than those you are criticizing. I am all for rigorous discourse, especially where i concerns the future of the country that I live in…this is not it.

Okeno Jackson
5 years ago

As he said, let’s hope they can used this as constructive criticism, we really don’t have much to show for our culture. Other countries are capitalizing on our culture and making millions yearly Reggae is our music but yet still the biggest reggae show in the world is kept in a European country.

Steve Sly Foxx Richards

i totally agreed with the aritst,jamaica has been manipulated by these politians for years who are well paid to make false promises and do nothing from norman,busta,seaga,manley come right down the line!!!!!

Marlon Anthony Wayne Chuck

basically dont speak do lets see what will be done hopefully something happens, i really hate having to see my Jamaica suffocate under these toxic words that keep oozing from the cabinet

Karl Grant
5 years ago

Fairly good article except for the numerous comparisons!!! we tend to compare our Jamaican economy and the ability to sustain our resources too much with first world nations. Also your article shows that you clearly resent politicians. Love your Points nonetheless!!!

Jissy Taylor
5 years ago

i loved this! i read every word! Lisa u can come respond to this now!…. “the times a move ef unu………… but chronixx already sun it.. “they don’t know”…THESE POLITICIANS REALLY DON’T!

Kenii Magnificent
5 years ago

Wisdom at it’s best. Now you Mr. TOMLINSON should run for prime minister. Smart man!