By Durie D of T.H.I.N.K Jamaica
This clearly isn’t working out. It really isn’t. It makes no sense we skirt around, tip-toe, speak in hushed tones, beat around the bush on this issue. IT’S NOT WORKING OUT.
Now, barring the fact that I find it distasteful when Mrs. Simpson Miller refers to those who oppose her (including the Opposition) as “some people” and “people” (what is this, Grade 3?), it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Prime Minister may not have that sense of responsibility and diplomacy that comes with the esteemed office.
I’m being kind. I am.
Today, when Mrs. Simpson Miller was questioned on a particular issue, her response was, “This isn’t a press conference!” What. On. Earth??? So as Prime Minister, the only time one should expect a response to a question from her is at a scheduled press conference? Does that make sense to anyone? Anyone???
Splashed across international media today is the news report that President Obama will be taking a pay-cut. When asked by a CVM reporter if she would even consider cutting the size of her Break…um…Cabinet, Mrs. Simpson Miller responded with something to the effect of “Everyone is focused on the IMF…WE will have to work hard in Jamaica…” (paraphrased).
It was also reported that journalists pointed out to her that Obama took a 5% pay-cut, and when they asked if her Government would consider making similar sacrifices, she said something to the effect of “I have turned down many requests for overseas travel to conferences”and “I do not live at Vale Royal as I don’t want tax-payers to pay”.
So the grand sacrifice is to do fewer speaking engagements, as well as to not live at the official residence of the Prime Minister, for which upkeep and maintenance would STILL have to be paid, whether or not the PM occupies the dwelling?
Oh. I see. [looks around] Okay…where are the cameras? WHERE ARE THE HIDDEN CAMERAS?! This HAS TO be a joke.
I have to admit that I seriously badmind (yes, BADMIND) entire nations for their leadership. It’s THAT serious. There are 7 billion people on the face of the earth and THIS is the leadership that Jamaica is stuck with for the next four years.
[raises eyes to the heavens] *sigh* Dear Lord, a wah we do?
I’m in denial. I refuse to accept that this is all there is to the leadership that Mrs. Simpson Miller has to offer. And before others come out and say she’s being so heavily criticised because she is a woman, I’ll say this: It simply CANNOT be that our PM does not feel compelled to perform up to the standard for which she and many other women before her have worked so hard to achieve. WOMEN DID NOT PUSH TO BREAK THE GLASS CEILING JUST TO SETTLE FOR BEING MEDIOCRE.
I honestly don’t know if we should expect more or better from this Government. Minister after minister come on the news telling the citizenry to “hold strain” and that “hope springs eternal”. People are now having to pay a 150%-300% increase on their property taxes, while the Prime Minister “sacrifices” overseas travel. Poppyshow!
@Sparky_Channer tweets: “I would have believed PSM more if she said she saved the country a bunch of money by switching to Geico, than those BS reasons.”
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