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Jamaica Needs A Rebirth
Published: Thursday | April 25, 2013 5 Comments

MANY JAMAICANS are ready to give up on their country and I can well understand the frustration. Nevertheless, I am an eternal optimist and believe in the stimulating effect of renewal. Jamaica needs a rebirth. We need new leaders to emerge with new ideas and strong vision for development and growth of our nation.

I am recently retired, and frankly, I believe it is time that people of my generation give up their ambitions and hand over power to a new generation. Our prime minister should hand over to Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell or better yet his deputy Julian Robinson. The two Peters (Phillips and Bunting) have shown great incompetence and it is clear that the Jamaican people would not embrace them as leaders. Paulwell has not articulated a broad vision for Jamaica, but he seems to have harboured ambitions to lead early in his career before his fairy tale fell apart. Since then, he has recovered nicely in public opinion.

The Jamaica Labour Party made the transition early to Andrew Holness, which was the right decision. He distinguished himself in education and I have heard his vision and like his style.

However, he needs to be given a chance. James Robertson, Daryl Vaz, Audley Shaw, Christopher Tufton, and Robert Montaque need to back off the internal machination and intrigue. The Jamaican public has not warmed to them, though they seem to believe otherwise. All of them have either lost their seats or were returned with significantly reduced margins.

In fact, only Vaz has a vote margin near 500 coming down 2,500. Aspirants must be comfortable in their seat before even thinking of running a country. Any exercise of power to destabilise the existing leader is self-serving and not in the interest of the country.

A new generation of politicians is not enough. The upcoming ones must not be mere clones of their predecessors. They must have high integrity and high intelligence to be able to manoeuvre in our increasingly complex world.


Gordon Town

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