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Is Jamaica under a kakistocracy?

Monday, December 11, 2017

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Dear Editor,

According to Dictionary.com a kakistocracy is a system of government in which the worse people are in power. Has Jamaica descended into kakistocracy?

Some may say the term is too strong to describe our system of government, but from my personal vantage point there are several indices that can place this present Government in the band of being a kakistocracy.

First, our present Government is led by a prime minister who our constitutional court found guilty in having senators sign pre-dated resignation letters.

As if that were not enough, in a period leading up to the last municipal elections, the Government unleashed a controversial multimillion-dollar de-bushing programme which must have been to influence the outcome. The Office of the Contractor General has stated that three ministers of government were less than truthful in answering questions on the de-bushing.

Only recently in the community of Ensom/Dover, St Mary South Eastern, in which a by-election was held, the Jamaica Public Service had to remove illegal street lights connected to its power lines. These illegal street light connections were made while ministers of government and government Members of Parliament were campaigning in the district.

There are several other factors that would classify our system of government as a kakistocracy. Recall a statement by a minister that if the electorate should vote against the candidate of his Government then help from the State would not be guaranteed.

As I write, the country is dealing with the fact that a contractor to supply used cars for the police force was given a 50 per cent downpayment and, after several months has yet to fulfil the conditions of the contract.

What makes matters worse the country appears to have given up on the Government's ability to come up with a credible crime plan to halt the runaway murder rate. The Government and its workers (public sector) are on a collision course if it does not come up with meaningful wage increase offer. Even the International Monetary Fund is concerned about this impasse and has urged the Government to find a speedy solution.

Well, as the slide deeper into a kakistocracy, the Government should take note that in the last two general elections the Government was voted out after one term. Governments will be held accountable at the polls.

Fernandez Smith

Former Jamaica Labour Party councillor

fgeesmith@yahoo.com

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