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Letters to the Editor

'Sweet a mouth, hot a belly'

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Christopher Columbus introduced sugar cane to the New World, specifically to Hispaniola, on his second voyage in 1493. Following that it spread throughout the region and the manufacturing of sugar within the Western Hemisphere as an engine of the slave trade took shape.

Perhaps Dr Shane Alexis knew exactly what he was doing when he gave himself the moniker Sugar Shane during his political campaign. It was perhaps an innuendo into his nationality which he perhaps wished to disclose.

Like Columbus, the People's National Party (PNP) has admitted to its conscious importation of the “sugary” substance to the island, but why would the Peter Phillips-led party not declare the true origins of their package to the market?

Truth be told, very few people actually read the nutritional facts on their food before consumption. This means that oftentimes they indulge in far more sugar than is healthy. The same can be said for the electorate. Very few people are concerned with the fine print; the details and plans of their candidate, to review his/her history and manifesto diligently.

As a result, we often find a lot of hyperactive behaviours surrounding campaigns and elections, not a lot of nutritional value. Hype over substance.

The PNP's leadership must take responsibility for dropping the ball. It seems that, despite the embarrassment it received in the last general election, it has been unable to strategise and organise effectively.

Columbus, much like Alexis, said he came to save the people from below-par standards of living. The heralder, in the form of Damion Crawford, stated that Alexis “run away” from Canada to come to Jamaica to represent the people. How sweet of Sugar Shane!

The error was not in selecting Alexis as a candidate, but it was trying to sugarcoat the truth about who he was to the people. The PNP went to great lengths to paint Shane as the “right doctor” for the people of St Mary, to the point that it even ridiculed Jamaica Labour Party candidate Norman Dunn.

According to Alexis, his grandmother gave him the nickname Sugar Shane. My grandmother taught me an old proverb that states, “Weh sweet nanny goat a guh run him belly,” and I think that he now has a serious case of diarrhoea, and likewise Crawford of the verbal nature.

Knowing that he was in the legal right is even more reason Shane, in my opinion, ought to have made full disclosure initially and given the people the facts of his ingredients. Instead, it was all sweet talk and fancy politics. Sometimes it is good to remember that lemons have more sugar than strawberries.

Now that the advantage of disclosure has been robbed them, the PNP will have a lot of work to do on the ground should their base be disgruntled by the sugar rush that has hit them over the last few days.

Samantha Anderson




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