This has been the most peaceful election in decades, which clearly indicates that Jamaica has indeed come a far way. The issue of election violence, over voting, voting for others seem to be over, which is a clear sign that we have changed.
They have rejected arrogance and bad behaviour and has forced the politicians to have a relatively peaceful campaign without the usual nastiness that follows politics in Jamaica.
Now the people have spoken, we must start working today to get this country moving forward. The people of the country, the private sector must work with the government to reduce waste, corruption and get this country to where it belongs. We will be celebrating 50 yrs come next year and we have precious little to show for it.
We surely can do it, but it requires a vision, one that is inclusive and something that the majority of the population can latch unto. No more populist programs designed to make people “feel good”. Lets have those programs that will allow us all to feel proud to call Jamaica home wherever we go, let really start looking out for the interest of Jamaicans. These programs I mention above are those that will reduce or debt burden and provide a solid economic structure which will see us being able to reduce our appetite for debt and most of all provide jobs for the people of this country.
We must start manufacturing once again , we must push agriculture along, the services sectors has many opportunities, we must latch unto to those. We must earn more via exports, we simply must reduce energy cost which is an impediment to manufacturing.
The people must keep this new government on their toes, let them know we will not accept cost overruns on project, waste in the public sector, selling of our beaches etc which, only succeed in locking Jamaicans out of the best beaches in the country .
The work begins now, this very minute, there is not much time to celebrate and as such we must get on with the business of governance.
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