The recent Black Friday protests arranged in response to the recent spate of horrid sex crimes and led by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s office are now over. It was a very clever government Public Relations initiative aimed primarily at “easing off” the pressure from a failing government. Hugo Chavez would have applauded the Government.
It’s understandable though, after all, the Minister of National Security Peter Bunting and Prime Minister Portia Simspon-Miller wasted nine months in office doing nothing of significance in the fight against crime and violence. Here are some examples;
- The previous administration completed work on the Anti-Gang legislation a critical tool needed by the good men and women of our security forces to effectively fight crime and violence. To date this government has done nothing to get it moved through Parliament and ultimately instituted
- The previous administration completed work on the DNA legislation another critical tool needed by the good men and women of our security forces to effectively fight crime and violence. To date this government has done nothing to get it moved through Parliament and ultimately instituted
- Joint Police Military Patrols for Crime ridden parishes such as St. James have gone missing. What is happening? How did we get here?
- The Minister is yet to address the nation on a clearly defined plan to tackle the now apparent uptick in crime and violence especially after the murders of two Policemen including a very senior retired Cop and a Soldier in September alone. let’s not even mention the Medical Doctors and countless other Jamaicans killed. Where is the sense of urgency? In other countries that’s a crisis!
Instead, the newscasts last night showed small yet organized “for the videolight” protests led by Government Ministers and Mayors who should have been at work governing, not protesting. The posters were nicely done and the black shirt uniform. Among those out leading protests were the Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, Information Minister and PM Simpson-Miller confidant Sandrea Falconer, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown-Burke and many other leading Government officials and PNP executives.
As I said before Government’s sole role is to govern, not lead civil protests; seriously, if we are all protesting together, who the dickens is in charge? Who controls the levers of Public Policy and Statecraft? Who runs things? The government or the criminals? Why doesn’t President Barack Obama lead protests on Wall Street, New York condemning greedy Bankers? It’s just ridiculous, that’s why!
The Prime Minister is back in Jamaica after nice trip to New York City this time around. Her office complained about giving out her straight line office contact number, so here is the switchboard number (876) 927-4101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and demand in the interest of people power, proper representation. If you don’t get through ask for one of her many elite Multi-Million dollar salaried Advisors, like say Deborah Hickling or Pamella Redwood.