THE PNP’s CONTINUED PROPENSITY TO BE A STUMBLING BLOCK TO PROGRESS IS COSTING JAMAICA DEARLY.
Crises can be tremendously harmful, but despite the fallout from them, they offer great opportunities for rebirth and the creation of new and innovative opportunities for the future.
If we are to become a first world country we must have an idea who our citizens are. The last debate about a national database of our citizens was defeated because one political party demonized the measure, resulting in uninformed conspiracy theories and hysteria surrounding the issue.
It is not the first time that the PNP had done harm to our country in ways that are deeply consequential and long-lasting.
The 22-years of absolutely failed PNP leadership has set Jamaica back in ways that are incalculable. We could go further back and examine the Manley régime’s damage to the country from 1972 to 1980 and if we are honest with ourselves we will agree that this political party has been more harm than it is worth.
The anti-NIDS’ demagoguery by the PNP will now have consequences as the government battle this COVID-19 pandemic. We simply do not know who our citizens are, and so even if tested we will have no real idea whether we are treating the same people over and over as many people do not have proper identification. But that is hardly the issue, you cannot account for what you do not know.
In addition to that, the leader of the opposition Peter Phillips’s revelation that he approached the Cubans and tried to source a drug to fight the virus should give Jamaicans another window into the soul of Peter Phillips.
It is not the first time that Peter Phillips has betrayed the Government & people of Jamaica. He even betrayed the government of his own party, of which he was a cabinet minister, when he went behind Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her cabinet’s back, and signed a secret MOU as minister of national security with the United States Government.
Anyone with the most basic understanding of the workings of the American Government knows that nothing like that could have occurred in the United States.
Testifying before a Commission, Phillips argued that he did not need Cabinet’s approval to sign the secret memoranda that only came to the public’s attention during the Tivoli commission of inquiry.
In response to claims that his actions placed the constitutional rights of Jamaicans in deep jeopardy, Phillips said the agreements only targeted the communication of Jamaicans where there is a threat to national security and under prescribed conditions.
My personal feelings on whether his signing of the memoranda helped or hurt Jamaicans are rather agnostic.
Where I had a problem with Peter Phillips’s actions, was the secret ways in which he did it without the approval of the cabinet, not whether it was done at all.
It is exactly Phillip’s Modus operandi, and we saw that in the way in which he confessed to having approached the Cubans outside the protocols of government and was rightly rebuffed.
Actions have consequences, Opposition parties are not supposed to torpedo the positive things the governing party does out of rapacious desires to gain power.
But that is exactly what Peter Phillips & the PNP are doing, even at a time when the nation needs a total coalescing around the common good.
The Peter Phillips led PNP just scuttled a deal that would have seen a substantial investment project in Ocho Rios, by Palace Resorts a Mexican investment company.
The police have a person of interest in the disappearance of UWI student Jasmine Deen, if the country had a national database of its citizens there would hardly be a need for them to be begging for citizens to step forward to help in identifying the suspect.
These are critical things that can be a matter of life and death. It is time for the People’s National Party to stop playing cheap political games with our country in order to gain power.
Subverting the efforts of the government as it struggles to keep the country safe is not patriotic, it is treasonous.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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