Development at what cost?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Editor,

The Government is chasing the IMF as the last resort to avoid national bankruptcy. In 1995 PJ Patterson said "ta-ta" to the fund, considered to be the devil for the draconian conditions it attaches to its loans to poor countries. Now it is the saviour and it is calling the shots, one year after the election and no agreement, which Portia Simpson Miller promised in two weeks.

With its back against the wall, the Government is now grovelling at the feet of communist China. In the mad rush to give away land, sovereignty and self-respect to the Chinese for their money, the Government is embarrassing itself by taking court action against the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) which it created to stem corruption in Jamaica.

With the sugar lands and factories gone to Complant, the Government is fighting the OCG in a bid to bulldoze people's houses, farms, heritage sites, disrupt centuries-old artefacts and give away Jamaica's land for superhighways and ports and God knows what else.

God knows we need the money, the infrastructure and the development, but at what cost? Must we sell our soul and trample national institutions like the OCG?

Mark Pinnock





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon