The Argument For Moving Performers

The Government we have is the Government we have, that’s a func­tion of how we vote. That’s also a func­tion of the peo­ple who step for­ward to lead polit­i­cal­ly and so as vot­ers we are some­times left with sit­u­a­tions in which the choice of select­ing a gov­ern­ment of peo­ple to lead us is basi­cal­ly swap­ping a dog for a mon­key.
When con­sci­en­tious moral peo­ple stay away from the process, the void is filled with immoral intel­lec­tu­al­ly bank­rupt indi­vid­u­als who are out to sat­is­fy their own inter­ests.
Nowadays, vot­ers gen­er­al­ly do not get to chose their polit­i­cal lead­ers, their polit­i­cal lead­ers chose them. Political par­ties prof­fer can­di­dates of their choice and the vot­ers get to chose either or. Imagine a sce­nario in which peo­ple actu­al­ly chose their own rep­re­sen­ta­tives answer­able to them? This is not a phe­nom­e­non unique to our beloved Jamaica, it is far more entrenched world­wide, includ­ing the USA the world’s old­est democ­ra­cy.

Andrew Holness PM

The recent cab­i­net shuf­fle in Jamaica which saw Finance Minister Shaw and Robert Montague min­is­ter of National Security re-assigned has many peo­ple offer­ing up myr­i­ad assump­tions as to the rea­sons for the shuf­fle.
Both Shaw and Montague are pop­u­lar front­line min­is­ters of the JLP Administration both for­mer­ly occu­py­ing crit­i­cal areas of the gov­ern­ment.

No respon­si­bil­i­ty of the gov­ern­ment is as crit­i­cal as nation­al secu­ri­ty. It is the Government’s first and most impor­tant respon­si­bil­i­ty to the peo­ple. It is unclear whether admin­is­tra­tions com­prised of the mem­bers of Jamaica’s two polit­i­cal par­ties are aware of this humungous respon­si­bil­i­ty.

The recent changes in Finance and nation­al secu­ri­ty have gar­nered much debate, much of what I have seen has been crit­i­cal of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ deci­sion to move these two min­is­ters. In fact, the con­sen­sus seems to be that the Prime Minister may have had ulte­ri­or motives for doing so.

Former Minister of Finance and Public Service, Audley Shaw

There is a gen­er­al belief in our coun­try that what­ev­er you hear in the streets if it’s not the truth, it is not too far from the truth. I have no way of know­ing whether or not the Prime Minister’s motives were right­eous in his deci­sion to move the two min­is­ters.
Audley Shaw was rec­og­nized as Caribbean Finance Minister of the year 2017. Minister Shaw recent­ly passed a bud­get with­out impos­ing any new tax­a­tion on the already over­taxed cit­i­zens for the very first time, at least to my mem­o­ry, or in my life­time.

Robert Montague for­mer min­is­ter of nation­al secu­ri­ty

Minster Montague’s appoint­ment drew disdain(none loud­er than mine)at the time he was cho­sen to lead the Ministry of National Security, I thought he was gross­ly unpre­pared and ill-equipped to han­dle such a crit­i­cal min­istry with­out any legal or pro­fes­sion­al exper­tise.
Despite not hav­ing moved any moun­tains or made any earth-shat­ter­ing pro­pos­als which have reshaped the nation­al secu­ri­ty land­scape, Montague at least seemed to have cul­ti­vat­ed a good work­ing rela­tion­ship with mem­bers of the secu­ri­ty forces.
His approach has been a depar­ture from some past min­is­ters whose goals were clear­ly con­fronta­tion­al with the police.

Dr. Nigel Clarke

The appoint­ment of Dr. Nigel Clarke to head Finance has tongues wag­ging, his new­ness to the process seems to give greater valid­i­ty to the claims that these changes are designed to pun­ish, (at least Minister Shaw), who has since declared that wher­ev­er he is assigned he will per­form.
Shaw’s mag­na­nim­i­ty is com­mend­able, all facets of the gov­ern­ment need to work in uni­son for the bet­ter­ment of the Jamaican peo­ple.
The fact that Dr. Clarke was just recent­ly added to the JLP’s num­bers in the House after win­ning the St. Andrew Western seat recent­ly held by Derrick Smith, and was giv­en a cab­i­net posi­tion is enough to raise eye­brows.

That is not to say that there are ulte­ri­or motives behind Clarke’s appoint­ment to that key role. There may even be a legit­i­mate case to be made for the appoint­ment of Hoarce Chang whose con­stituen­cy is an active gar­ri­son to head nation­al secu­ri­ty. We just haven’t heard that argu­ment yet. Before you cry foul, how­ev­er, don’t for­get that Peter Phillips also hailed from con­crete Jungle the father of all gar­risons.
There is a legit­i­mate argu­ment to be made that Montague and Shaw have per­formed so well that it was impor­tant to move them to oth­er min­istries with a view to improv­ing those min­istries.
We just haven’t heard that argu­ment from the Prime Minister yet. Since that argu­ment has­n’t been made tongues con­tin­ue to wag and the rumor mills con­tin­ue to churn.