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Evaluating the JLP after 30 months in office

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Dear Editor,

When congratulating the accomplishments in just 30 months of this Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government, some political/social commentators still an't seem to be objective or fair. What a shame!

Even the People's National Party (PNP), who usually rant and rave while throwing wild and unfounded barbs of propaganda, are now praising the Jamaica Labour Party's wizardry by saying jobs will increase for Jamaicans with the reintroduction of aluminium manufacturing by Chinese company JIQUAN Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) who bought Alpart in Nain, St Elizabeth.

Try as they may the PNP has no political leg to stand on now; not this year 2018. They have criticised the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) and states of emergency in Parliament. Strangely, however, their own representatives in the House later basically threatened the Government to protest if it did not put ZOSOs in their parishes/constituencies. What a double-mouthed set!

The country is on the mend, ask the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Standard & Poor's, The Economist, Forbes or any credible source you wish. Once again, Jamaica is on the lips of the world and on the minds of tourists and airlines far and wide, with Russia, Chile, Panama, Peru, Germany and so many other countries and airlines cashing in and taking people to see the new thing done by the Holness Government.

Be as cynical as you wish, but coffee farmers are getting better prices per box because of Audley Shaw. The Jamaican dollar has strengthened drastically thanks to Dr Nigel Clarke. Employees are better represented and have more job options thanks to Shahine Robinson. The country is much safer and murder has been reduced thanks to Robert Montague and Horace Chang. Hospitals and clinics are being built, rebuilt and upgraded thanks to Dr Christopher Tufton. Shall I continue? There are record tourist arrivals thanks to Edmund Bartlett. Minor roads are fixed, fire trucks are bought, infirmaries are built and restaffed, thanks to Desmond McKenzie. Major roads are being rebuilt thanks to Minister Everard Warmington. The athletes are excelling by leaps and bounds, women's rights are being addressed, and Independence celebrations were a blast thanks to Minister Olivia Grange. On the international scene, Minister Pearnel Charles Jr is ably assisting the graceful Kamina Johnson Smith. Youth and education have excelled with ministers Floyd Green and Ruel Reid. The National Housing Trust is now building houses for less — as they should — thanks to the prime minister's mandate. The multi-modal system and aerotropolis in Vernamfield touted for years by Mike Henry is becoming more visible, Tinson Pen is now covered by the expanded KTM wharf; and motor cars have filled the usually blank spaces.

Isn't that prosperity, hypocrities?

Finally, the country has a leader who is seen, heard and trusted worldwide by the G-7, G-20, United Nations and those who know a brilliant leader when they see one. Not one kissing up to all and sundry without any results to show.

Check Jamaica's gross domestic product (GDP), tax collection rate, employment levels, export levels, stock market, central bank, expansions in foundation businesses, and current status in the marketplace internationally; it's undeniable that we have struck gold.

To determine what is better you should measure or compare one thing to another thing. I'm asking Jamaicans home and abroad to do the comparison between the JLP and the PNP, then make a conscious choice who you would prefer to lead you from 2021 and beyond for the benefit of Jamaica.

For me that's like A-B-C. How about you?

Joseph Edwards


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