Tone Deaf Government

So suddenly the PNP realize that they have a communication problem.

Yet, the disconnect between them and the Jamaican people is evidenced in their arrogant discourse.

Mrs. Simpson-Miller led the charge by proclaiming “I don’t watch the news”.

This revelation explains her unwillingness to give one on one interviews or even hold a press conference.


Indeed, one of the first acts of her office was to scrap Jamaica House Live while scoffing that she wasn’t planning to “talk her way out of power”.

The government also seems surprised by the people’s reluctance to pay higher taxes, endure further wage freezes and tolerate devaluation.

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This though might have much to do with the Omar Davies’ response to them taking a pay cut.

Dr. Davies poured scorn on the idea calling it “optics” and opined that it would yield no benefit.

Mrs. Simpson-Miller added her personal touch by stating that her ministers “deserve” the 60 million worth of SUVs and first class travel.

But what do Jamaicans deserve? We are reduced to waiting for fourteen hours in a hospital, only to die on the waiting room floor.

Meanwhile the government ministers seek medical attention overseas. We must foot the cost of government officials traveling in splendor to spurious gatherings with large entourages.


While we pay high transportation costs on smoking, leaky buses.

All this, and our Prime Minister won’t even spare us the time of day.

Jamaica has become the modern day Animal Farm, complete with the idea that “all men are equal but some men are more equal than others.”

The people have suffered for long with the contemptuous glares of their Members if Parliament and the disdainful silence of their “queen.”

The question is for how long?

The recent Johnson poll is an indicator of the mood and thoughts of the people. One wonders about the possible action to which these will be translated.

Written by Arlene Graham

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