How did the PNP snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

The PNP is today smarting from last nights election loss and wondering how did they lose when all the pundits(except Jay of course) had them winning.

My top four (4) reasons are

  1. Personal attack on the JLP Leader
  2. Refusal to speak to the Jamaican people via debate
  3. Advertising of JLP $1.5M tax break
  4. Social Media

The strategy employed by the PNP is exactly the same ones which was used by the JLP in 2011 when they lost.

  1. Attack Portia Simpson Miller
  2. Promised nothing but austerity
  3. Constant reminder about the other party.


The PNP deserved this loss and social media played a huge roll in getting out all the information to the people. No longer can mainstream media control the flow of information and thus influencing peoples vote.

Some were willing to go as far as say its 18 more years in the wilderness for the JLP, but that was not the case.

I do hope the JLP deliver as I ecpect.


JLP has won the 2016 National elections

I am one of the few bloggers who has held a consistent position and like I said, I knew the JLP would have taken  it.

I have been vindicated but will not gloat.

The hard work begins tomorrow and we must work to build on what the PNP has started.

I am very happy we have had a rather peaceful elections and thanks to Jamaicans for behaving in a responsible manner.

The JLP has a lot of work ahead and must speak to the people and never behave like they own us.

The days on one term government is back and is good for deomocracy


NWU rejects wage 7.5 – 18% increase for its workers, demand less !

I was wondering how long it would take for this idiot to speak and he spoke out at just about the right time.

Veteran trade unionist and President of the National Workers Union (NWU), Granville Valentine, is claiming that the personal income tax proposal put forward by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will result in massive layoffs.

Valentine says the proposal is not workable and will be bad for employment in the country.

The proposal which would see workers getting an increase of between 7.5% yo 18% should be rejected claimed the NWU boss.

He said workers should reject the wage increase proposal from the JLP and demand less from the PNP instead.

He charged that voters should reject the proposal and reject the JLP at the polls.

Too many jackass in this country and its the reason we have so much of a hard time moving forward.

I urge workers to REJECT Mr Valentine as the NWU union leader and also demand representational rights from another union, since this guy does not want more for his workers.



Commonsenseja predicts an election loss for the PNP

Even with increasing eligible electors the number of PNP electors have been declining for the last 6 elections and this is likely to continue into the 2016  election




Year PNP Electors %
1980 35.3%
1983 0.0%
1989 43.9%
1997 36.4%
2002 30.5%
2007 30.3%
2011 28.2%

Will give seat count tomorrow.


Private Sector working group says Tax proposal unworkable

Once again I would like to throw out additional information for people to review and come to their own position.

A Private Sector Working Group has suggested that the proposal laid out by the JLP to increase the income tax threshold to $1.5m is unworkable and its unfair and equitable.

Now we all know we work off the British system and if one were to look at the British Tax System, all the things the PSWG say would not make it work are actually working in the UK.

One must therefore ask, why can it work in the UK but not in Jamaica.

Lets explore the income tax brackets in the UK

Band Rate Income after allowances 2015 to 2016
Starting rate for savings 10% (0% from 2015 to 2016) Up to £5,000
Basic rate 20% Up to £31,785
Higher rate 40% £31,786 to £150,000
Additional rate 45% Over £150,001

Looking at the above was is the income of the man/woman who falls in the 20% tax bracket, when he or she moved to GBP of 31,786

So one can say the British system is inequitable, but works.

There are no threshold level that would allow a system to be equitable, instead the question should be how many people would be impacted by this proposal. I would venture to say it no more that 1-1.5%.

We would therefore like to throw out a proposal that can benefit 98.5-99% because it is unfair to 1 -1.5%, does that really sounds logical, but I guess this is Jamaica so “no problem”

The biggest inequity in Jamaica is Snr Managers and CEO who earns on average of 15-20 X the average worker and get huge bonus, tax free allowance and perks, why don’t we go and try and fix that instead .

Why are the people who earn $5m and above so suddenly appears so  caring for those earning between $1.55 and $1.65m, who are the people said to be impacted.

The fact is folks No one earning $1.5m to $5m will be taking home less day the day after this is implemented and that message must be sent.

All the talking heads rallying against this are now low level income earners, but are those earning well over $5m.

You must therefore question why they have suddenly become champion of the poor?

What is there real motive, is it altruist or selfish, you decide



JLP’s income tax proposal will give Public Sector workers a big boost

The proposal to remove income tax from those earning less than $1.5m per annum is music to the ear of many public sector workers, but bad news for politicians who earns above $5m per annum.

The main reason for the opposition by the PNP is not that the system cannot work,instead it means they will now have to pay income tax on their full income, which means less money in their pockets. Recall the PNP in opposition refused to signed the agreement for 10% salary cut.

Based on my calculation public sector workers will see a net salary increase above the 7% the PNP gave them over a two year period and so they will have a much better pay day going forward.

At the lower scale workers will see about a 7.12% increase in salaries and up to 17.10% on the upper end.

Given this massive increase, the Government has no need to increase public sector wages at the end of this contract period, given the size of this increase.

This could save the Government in the order of  $6.6bb dollars in salaries and wages from 2018  onwards until the next wage increase would be due in 2020


See table below


5% 25% % Increase
Basic Salary $850,000 $850,000
NIS $42,500 $42,500
Threshold $592,800  $    1,500,000
Tax $53,675 0
After Tax Inc $753,825 $807,500 7.12%
Basic Salary  $    1,000,000  $    1,000,000
NIS  $          50,000  $          50,000
Threshold $592,800  $    1,500,000
Tax $89,300 0
After Tax Inc $860,700 $950,000 10.38%
Basic Salary  $    1,200,000  $    1,200,000
NIS  $          60,000  $          60,000
Threshold $592,800  $                     –
Tax $136,800 0
After Tax Inc $1,003,200 $1,140,000 13.64%
Basic Salary  $    1,400,000  $    1,400,000
NIS  $          70,000  $          70,000
Threshold $592,800  $                     –
Tax $184,300 0
After Tax Inc $1,145,700 $1,330,000 16.09%
Basic Salary  $    1,500,000  $    1,500,000
NIS  $          75,000  $          75,000
Threshold $592,800  $                     –
Tax $208,050 0
After Tax Inc $1,216,950 $1,425,000 17.10%

Public sector workers should vote for an increase in pay come payday after being suffering for 5 years of a wage freeze and the insult of 4% pay increase.

The JLP proposal will give you a 7.12% increase in the very first year, making your lives much better, but guess what your unions are not in agreement, how ironic.


Are Jamaica’s biggest trade union leaders “opposed” to workers getting more

Since news broke that the JLP has plans to eliminate income tax for people earning less than $1.5m, THE FOLLOWING unions have been noticeable silent

  1. NWU
  2. UAWU
  3. JCTU.
  4. JTA

Why would any union which is concerned about the poor worker not hop unto this train, two weeks after the matter came to public attention.

Why would these Unions who have always championed for more income for workers not commented on this proposal, that would put more money into the pocket of workers while at the same time, increase union dues

The following people need to tell workers of Jamaica, why they are opposed to them earning more money.

  1. Lambert Brown – UAWU
  2. Granville Valentine – NWU
  3. Helene Davis- White – JCTU
  4. Norman Allen – JTA

Is it not curious that these very vocal folks are SILENT, I wonder what they all have in common.

Jamaican workers must look at their actions and judge them , because clearly something is amiss.





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