Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Saturday | February 16, 2013
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The politics of bickering

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Even though we apparently are on the cusp of an IMF deal, we're still pretty doomed until further notice. Can't our politicians, particularly those in Opposition, stop the bickering and start actually making gainful suggestions?

These politicians supposedly have our best interests at heart, but you wonder how the country got to where it is if that's the case. It's like both sides are two five-year-old kids, and the country is a toy; it's as if they just take turns cursing the other about how the toy is being used! I'm sick of it!

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips came out with the message pleading with Jamaicans to be realistic and understand why the Government had to take the measures it did with the new tax package.

The opposition leader reacted to the new tax package by saying a government led by him would have acted differently, with former Youth and Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange rounding out the Opposition's cry of despair by calling tax package No. 2 "poison".

I have two contentions with the Opposition's behaviour.

ONE: Why must the Opposition always be so reactive? By this, I am referring to whichever party is in opposition at the time; it goes across the board. How about a proactive approach? They already know what needs to be done in most instances; why not give suggestions beforehand instead of coming with the "when we were in government" and "we would not have done so and so and so ..."?

TWO: I'm tired of the Opposition just declaring anything it doesn't agree with as rubbish, or just saying it won't work. 'What would you do if you were still in Government?' is the question it needs to answer and outline to the Jamaican people, but most times they tend to look back on what they already did while in government.

This kind of governance cannot work. It will never work. We will always be in the same kind of mess with this kind of approach.

Am I saying the Opposition (whether JLP or PNP) ALWAYS complains and NEVER suggests anything? Of course not. They both have their positive moments. But they are too far and few between the constant bickering, bawling and fingerpointing.

ALWAYNE ALLEN

allenalwayne@gmail.com
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