I am still befuddled from my last entry in this series, also see previous parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 & 8 & 9
So I decided to wait a bit until the smoke settled somewhat on the latest salvo by the PNP and one of its failing ministers; I wanted to adequately look at it with less emotional reaction. This one may figure in the election as so close to it and Mrs Simpson Miller may have to carry over to next year before she can call it; sensible pundits would not call it now or by November as expected as the PNP are good at recovery and spin doctoring but the public is up in arms and calls for Ferguson’s resignation come from everywhere.
That 18 dead babies fiasco concerning the Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson has had a scapegoat made in that of the University of the West Indies Hospital UWHI’s failure to report the matter of viruses or suspicious infections and their effects; we are now being told it is still a paper-based report in the era of the latest technologies and such. But why did such a virus which is a hospital based or created one for the most part be allowed to go so out of control to arrive at such disastrous effects? If the experts know of these infections why or where are the necessary systems to control it so it does not get out of hand?
When the goodly Dr Dawes revealed the damning information on the shortages and lack of cleaning implements some months before at some hospitals; why was the needed obviously emergency actions taken to arrest them seeing that the outcomes are life threatening?
Where are the figures for the last four years or so to show the trail or tracking of the trends, given we are told the babies were premature ones and are susceptible to such infections via incubators or intravenous lines etc. Why did it take so long to generate the report even in the Ministry even after they are sent late to them from the respective hospitals? Nobody seems accountable and the minister seems to be using every opportunity to oil his skin so the water can bounce off and he keeps referring to ignorance and his technical team is responsible for informing him. My further sentiments are contextualised also by that so called audit or report that is not released in full to the public with a press conference thrown in our face and a callous regard and we are to stomach or accept it and move on.
The Prime Minister, party leader has not said an official word on babies matter and it is as if it were animals died which further complicates her leadership style and indeed skills for me. Not even at her Petersfield appearance did she mention the matter. This health minister has failed at every turn during his stint and should go; he procrastinated during Chik-V even when alarms were raised and persons were reporting to hospitals sick with obvious symptoms and he was slow to act. The foot and mouth disease breakout in schools seem the other elephant in the room and it was the Education Minister who was quick on the draw to act making Ferguson look like a big doo doo. Isn’t this the same Mama P who pontificated on the platform at the conference held recently on the safety of children! Usually known as comforter in chief; her strength is that she connects with people and good at empathizing but something has gone wrong, although I still do think she is not Prime Minister-ship material to begin with.
What is troubling where the persons involved are concerned is that it seems normal to have outbreaks in care facilities and the babies are considered not healthy babies so who cares?
Meanwhile the Prime Minister’s and PNP President at a western Jamaica meeting on the campaign trail had me laughing like crazy as she accused the parliamentary opposition of making promises that they did not keep them; she never elaborated the promises in detail and the crowd of course cheered stupidly as per usual but I guess several boxes of chicken and Red Stripe Beer (NOT HEINEKEN as the bottle is green lol) were distributed as usual at these meetings to bribe and cajole die-hards and so called hungry bellies who just want a dollar without working for it, mendicancy anyone!. Mrs Simpson Miller needs to remember her suggestion in my eyes and seen as a promise by others of the so called buggery review she made in the leadership debate in the 2011 election campaign.
Not to mention the jobs, jobs, jobs she shouted from the platform in the 2011 campaign (thank God for archiving) and the highly touted logistics hub that is yet to materialize and her failing minister Anthony Hylton who is often described as the most educated of all of the bunch; now we are hearing the China Engineering Company (CHEC) who was to spearhead the project mostly at the controversial Goat Island is to move its headquarters from Jamaica to Panama which is kinda quiet to some; it was not until yesterday I saw an article by former Prime Minister Edward Seaga where he mentioned it. The JEEP item that was to provide temporary employment and as used to inflate job numbers although persons only work for two to one month cycles but are counted as one job on each engagement seems lost in translation, all one has to do is look at the once brisk so called beautification on main thoroughfares and the missing people with whackers is clear; the sheer numbers of them in the early stages has waned which had many asking if we really needed four or five people to manicure a space no larger than a few hundred squares?
The issue of another letter that was said to have been sent to the JLP when in power from the Privy Council on the court travelling to Jamaica has surfaced and it seems A. J. Nicholson’s latest barb is an attempt to obfuscate the debate; Mrs Malahoo Forte has since said a bathroom break was what held her back in returning the senate chamber during that section of the debate where she was to present the letter. She has since presented the supposed letter in the public square at a campaign meeting but says if she is banned from the senate then how is she to present same. I am old enough to recall the repeated clashes with the former JLP senator and Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne who time and time again we had clashes and interruptions by him and heckling during her presentations or debates. She was the one who revealed in effect that the letter existed yet Mark Golding claimed his inability to find it and where or where did Malahoo Forte found the letter and why did the government couldn’t find it? The answer has come that Mrs Forte wrote the Privy Council for a copy and she got it there. She further noted that the Government senators were embarrassed because she was able to access a copy of the letter and they couldn't.
The JLP has since issued a warning that they won’t support the bills on the CCJ if the Senate’s President does not apologize, and through the member Delroy Chuck he said at a platform they would take the matter to the constitutional high court and the Privy Council to show the mockery of the constitution that is being made. He says the bills do not sit well in the constitution as echoed by former Senator Lightbourne says our courts were set in stone in the constitution while the CCJ is set via a treaty which can easily change to our detriment. It makes some sense but how to get around that. So A. J. Nicholson’s misogynistic behaviour is unacceptable now and something must be done about him if they return to power it cannot be business as usual with him and equally Mr Warmington of the opposition and his outlandish behaviour during his tenure.
It is not about whether the Privy Council is a set of old white men far away or not it is about the constitutional attachments; and why not our own final court while sprucing up own resident magistrate courts used for the most part by the average citizen.
Now we have confirmation again from the Opposition via its leader on the matter of the suggested and demanded by religious right movements’ referendum on buggery as he while addressing a meeting also in Petersfield Westmoreland as well said: “ ... You will also know that when it comes time to determine whether or not we should make any changes to the buggery act or to any other act that determines how Jamaicans see the family; you know that we are not going to take it upon ourselves in parliament to make that decision; we are going to come to you the people of the country to make that decision.” also see: Opposition leader (JLP) reiterates his call for a referendum on Buggery .... 2014
And where oh where is the PNP at prayer group ....... oops sorry I mean the Jamaica Council of Churches on this buggery law reform matter?
All kinds of stunts of shows are being put before us to distract us; this business of working, working, working doesn’t wash anymore and is so worn out then it is no wonder according to the Bill Johnson poll as evidenced in the Gleaner 25th October shows clear apathy which worries me as the 18 – 24 year olds are the fibre of the society for growth; they cannot complain if they stay away from the process and then stuff happens then sound off and it is not about voting and then hoping for manna to fall from heaven afterwards. We must participate and guard our vote or monitor the items we are interested in to see to it that they are delivered.
18 – 24: 47% would not vote; 25% for JLP; 19% for PNP; 8% undecided
25-34: 40% would not vote; 15% undecided; 27% for JLP; 18% for PNP
35-44: 30% would not vote; 22% undecided; 25% for PNP; 22% for JLP
45-54: 20% would not vote; 31% for PNP; 29% for JLP; 18% undecided
65+: 19% would not vote; 47%for PNP; 16% for JLP; 18% undecided
Things to think on seriously. The politics is to moribund and is a major turnoff. But the younger folks have alot to loose with the current decisions we make.
Gonna be watching the landscape and see wah deh gwaan a John shop.
"Outdated" Bail Laws to be changed but Buggery Laws remain ... how convenient Mr.Golding? 2010
Peace and tolerance