The Jamaicans will go to the polls tomorrow to exercise their democratic right to vote for a government. For those with a keen interest in politics the political campaign scene in Jamaica has followed the script. There has been the political froth spewed by the PNP and JLP. And of course the violence!
A few stories to wet the political appetite: Holness’ house reported to value USD300 million made the news clips and the ongoing investigation of his wife’s family related to drugs and money laundering. Simpson Miller appears to have escaped major controversy with attacks from the Opposition centred mainly on economic policy. It is no secret Jamaica is currently gripped by an IMF program, and the degree of austerity the elected government will have to unleash on Jamaicans fuelled platform debate.
It is interesting to observe the ‘quiet’ coverage by the local media the Jamaica general election has received in Barbados compared to Trinidad and Tobago held in September last year. One wonders if it has to do with the concentration of ownership by a Trinidadian concern or lack of interest based on incompetence. We encourage the BU family to timeout from navel gazing and share views on what the result of the election bodes for the Caribbean. One consideration is the fact many Jamaicans flock to Barbados to seek employment under the CSME movement of people arrangement. Will Jamaica retreat to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has its final appellate court. What role will Jamaica play to contribute to regional cooperation and the common space read Caricom.