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Bakari Sellers should stick to American politics

BY FABIAN LEWIS

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Having George W Bush giving a lecture on business ethics is like having a leper give you a facial, it just doesn't work! — Robin Williams.

With the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) going into its annual conference having a beleaguered and unpopular leader in Dr Peter Phillips, yes, one expects they would try to bring in outside help to try and stir up emotions and bring a 'hype'. The person they brought in to speak was Bakari Sellers, well-known Donald Trump critic on CNN .

This guy is one I respected because of his views on US President Trump — which I happen to share. However, things have changed since he came here and opened his mouth on a PNP platform to lecture us on corruption.

It is either he was duped by the PNP, ill informed, or just lazy to do his research on the matter before speaking, as I don't consider him eternally dumb.

When it comes to matters of corruption, the party platform he was standing on, has made that into an art form and excelled at it like no other in the Caribbean, Latin America, and is second only to some in Africa.

The PNP, through its long time in power, has distinguished itself in the avenues cost overruns, impoverishing of the nation, wasting borrowed money, and all roads that lead to a stagnated country.

If memory serves me right, their own finance minister admitted to “run wid it” politics and sitting PNP Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites characterised the party's tenure as “the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich since the abolition of slavery”.

Sellers seems unaware or, at worse, traded in the same thing he criticises Trump about — fake news — when he tried painting the PNP as a paragon of virtue. Sellers thought it was necessary to link the cost of oil with the perceived corruption at Petrojam, the State oil refinery. That's just plain dumb. The hike in the price of oil on the world market is due in no small part to the stupidity of the American voters who put Trump in the White House. It's his decision to tear up the deal that former US President Barack Obama had with Iran over its nuclear programme that precipitated the rapid rise in the price of oil. He left out this truth. Maybe it was inconvenient to his political viewpoint.

One wonders if Sellers knows that it is a view held by many that the American Government, or its organs, had a hand in the downfall of the Bruce Golding-led Jamaica Labour Party Administration with some local help from politicians. And so many of us cannot forget that WikiLeaks cable of an official from the US Embassy meeting with Peter Phillips when he was not in the Government. All of this happened under a Democratic rule in the USA. And some say the Democrats are against a Labour party Government because of the close relationship of Ronald Reagan and Edward Seaga during the 80s. Sellers served the Democratic party in the South Carolina state legislature, so one can hardly expect his unbridled support. But, despite these, for what it's worth, people like Sellers have little impact on the outcome of general elections in Jamaica. And, his impact in US elections still had Trump and Mike Pence elected to the White House of the United States.

It is almost tragically amusing that Sellers was speaking about corruption while on the platform of the PNP. I would like to list just a few of the scandal which occurred while the PNP was in government and which have helped considerably to impoverish this nation:

1. Furniture scandal

2. Shell waiver scandal

3. Sandals Whitehouse scandal

4. Operations PRIDE scandal

5. Motor vehicle scandal

6. Finsac

7. Foreign exchange scandal

8. Trafigura scandal

9. Cuban light bulb scandal

10. National Housing Development Corporation scandal

11. Rollins land deal scandal

12. Sand mining 1 scandal

13. Sand mining 2 scandal

14. Montego Bay street people scandal

15. Zinc scandal

16. Telecoms scandal

17. NetServ scandal

18. Outameni scandal

19. Bad gas scandal

20. EWI Scandal

That's 20 scandals and counting costing this country billions of dollars. And still the PNP has the gall to talk about the current Government being corrupt. Is Sellers aware of these and other allegations of corruption against succeeding PNP governments? He might be guided to stick to American politics.

Having the PNP lecture anybody on corruption is like having a leper give a facial. It just doesn't work!

tyronelewis272@gmail.com

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