Today, from the hillside to the beaches, questions as to who should be fired, fresh approach, hired, why, and the undoing; however, despite the parties’ strategies, it is time to work together for the better of the country. The political climate still has trustworthiness, un-favorability and it is paramount to blend these party colours now that this one is over.
Both outgoing and incoming leaders have to take some of the responsibility on policies or lack thereof and credit where some progress has been made. However, all politics is local, and elections are not won based on new roads alone, or a few temporary jobs given weeks before an election or promises.
History has shown that low voter turnout benefits the opposition party. This is not to diminish the JLP victory. However, a vast amount of these self-reliant communities were disconnected and discouraged. This election was not won totally on the numbers that made it to the polling stations, but how much discouraged rain fell in the days leading up to voting.
“What is the colour of good governance after an election?”
It is a question I asked few weeks ago in an opinion piece: The only road to success is moving governance from the primary colours concept that do not mix well, but other colours need them.
Caribbean elections are not won on ideological differences. They are like bible studies from the Old to the New Testament. Sadly, interpretations only apply the other people in the church. Therefore, confirm seeing oneself as different. It does not solve anything, but tell us who you really are and shut out of the process.
Jamaica, and few other of these beautiful islands well before some of our parents migrated to other regions for a better life, politicians and their sidekicks are like a dynasty such as the Bushes or Clintons in America where for several decades one of these names has been on a presidential ballot.
It is no different where the king or queen ushers in a new season of old guards.
The Caribbean politicians run like a Supreme Court judge as if they have a lifetime appointment. Often this is the place where they become extremely wealthy and isolated. The ability to develop new ideas gets lost, where the younger generation sees only a corrupt institution, lack of accountability and incompetence.
Should Portia Simpson-Miller blame President Obama during his visit for not giving more aid? The ongoing crime problems, transparency, the country’s silent auction, and erosion from the sale of its land to foreign investments, missing ballot boxes, not enough payout to motivate voters to turn out, or the underestimation of Andrew Holness’ effectiveness as an opposition leader despite ongoing battles within his own party.
On the hand, she faced what I called “an elephant in the room”, where a chauvinistic attitude believed that her place and other women in these leadership roles should be in the kitchen.
Nevertheless, a new structural, social, economic, and political reform is needed and if one fails to do so, they too will be singing the blues as the People National Party. However, when majorities of these small communities stay hopeless, and would only vote if they were compensated, it is no more than the national debt that has choked the region.
Jamaica and its leadership do not need to rebrand, but create more flexibility, and accept when something is not working. These structural problems cannot be solved with a loud microphone, lack of engagement, misguided polls or the amount of people showing up at a rally, and who has the best party song.
Finally, although most of us are not eligible to vote in these elections, we are forever linked and the preservation of ancestral roots is important. Sometimes a voice that hopes for the best is better than not showing up to vote. Again, I hope for the best because structural changes often take time to show their fruits.