Thursday February 25, 2016 will be highlighted in the history books as the day democracy and the people of Jamaica grew one day older. It was the day that Jamaicans, articulate and otherwise,  understood that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a Prime Minister , members of the House of Representatives and government officials, but the voters of this country.

An election is simple. It is the time when those who are selected to represent the people of Jamaica gather for an evaluation on their performance. Politicians never lie so much as before an election. It is the people who must decide how they will evaluate their performance after getting rid of the slush and lies.

Many politicians use the party’s  perceived popularity as references to boost their resumes. I am a member of the PNP therefore I must be good, they say. But as many of these politicians learned yesterday, popularity of a party is by no means a measure to elect them. If it were so then the fabled Anancy the Spider would have seats in parliament.

The defeat of the PNP, despite being the popular party with the populous inarticulate came as a pulmonary shock. The symptoms they were showing,was pride and arrogance.

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance. (John c. Maxwell)

The two parties were faced with coming before the people  with a program for their intended work. Andrew Holness decided through his interactions through social media that the only way to win this election was to make a big leap. If you don’t go out on the limb… how are you going to get the good apple?

portiaOn the  other hand the PNP decided that  every election, must have a bogey man. If you haven’t got a program, a bogey man will do. Their campaign to the people was nothing more than selected bogey tactics that made no reference to how they would impact the lives of their constituents.  This tactic backfired.
For a party expounding that theirs is the party of the future, when you line up the little chickens in the PNP, all you see is your grand father’s party.  The PNP ran an antiquated campaign reminiscent of the 80’s, including the ole party standard anthem. They seemed completely disconnected by not embracing technology and how to reach today’s generation. As one person puts it, the JLP was advertising for people to download their App, while the PNP was still wondering what was Appening?
No one told Mr Phillips, the party’s campaign manager, that people do tweet, not just birds. Neither was he told that even the inarticulate majority live on social media. Mr Holness realized that social media is the ultimate equalizer and so he dived in head first.
Whether it was by design or just poor judgement, the latter only revealing itself as the truth, the PNP  decimated its youth from its power line up to the people, ousting two progressive youth MP’s Raymond Pryce and Damion Crawford to replace them with unknowns or undesirables much to the chagrin of party comrades. They were warned the voters would retaliate. The PNP did not listen.
The two party’s message to the people of Jamaica were drastically different. On one side the PNP was expounding the bogey man tactics while the JLP was selling  political chocolate. Andrew Holness went out on a limb. He touched people’s pocket book. He promised real change to manage a depressing economy. The PNP spent their time describing Holness’s plans as a Three Card play, offering no real value. “beware the Bogey Man’ they preached.
The irony of this bogey man tactic is simple. It is hard to tell people to hold on to suffering  caused through the growing pains of progress whilst when they look at you who is expounding to hold strain, they see otherwise. Thousands of people have to make simple choices every day. They range from do I send my child to school or buy chicken back for dinner? Do I purchase 2 lbs of rice or 1 lb and buy 2 tins of mackerel?
Every pocket book decision is based on serious evaluation of pros and cons, this or that, go or stay. It is a reality so few of the party comrades in the PNP do not understand. Jamaicans have been so indoctrinated on the Culture of Poverty that the only way out is to obtain a visa to go abroad or a passport to go to another country. The Jamaican dream is to leave this country behind. It is no secret that the country’s inflow of cash from Western Union is the single most sustaining economic activity preventing a total collapse.
Jamaicans are not beggars and they are not monolithic except in one thing- we are all ambitious and desire to earn our own wealth not by handouts but by hard work and achievement. Jamaicans have been walking with their head in the cloud of poverty searching for a ray of sunshine. The youth refer to their country as alms house and so they accept the democratic socialist principles of the party as the only way out of poverty, and immersing in wild abandonment of entertainment to forget their hard life.
The disparity of  wealth and the rest of Jamaicans is  so decidedly sharp and a growing gap of inequality that eventually someone had to ask the question do  you want to speak to the manager or someone who knows what’s going on?
andrewholnessThat someone was Andrew Holness. He listened and he responded. The evaluation simply ended  with  some comrades  not going to the polls whilst others  went and technically joined the rest of the 60% and gave a protest vote and voted for the JLP.  That evaluation  was the ultimate slap in the face to those in power. The comrades reminded the league of  Grand Pa who was in charge.
Copyright 2016 Kwesi All Rights Reserved.









  1. Lovely blog. I just wish we develop patience and just as we gave pnp 4 terms to get things done we will not be in a hurry to vote out the jlp, but give them time too to prove themselves and i think only then will we see real change.


    • Jamaicans will not give the jlp the same time they gave the pnp unless the jlp performs. What is most important is for the jlp to keep us constantly informed. Packages the info in a manner that most of will understand. God bless!


  2. God answers prayers, congratulations Andrew Holness. I was your super super senior at UWI. I know how much we have benefited from our education. We had some of the same lecturers. I never met Poor Portia there “Mi ago win ” she repeated . If she could turn back the hands of time ……………..


  3. So happy I ran into this blog. I was on campus at UWI 1998-2001. I saw what was happening in the University Guild with the PNP YO . I was shocked at the socialization that the older members of the PNP were pushing. I was relieved to hear Damion Crawford in a posting on face book speak truth about the political culture and the traditional expectations Jamaicans have of their MPs that at times do not make sense. I do not currently live in Jamaica so I cannot comment extensively on other issues concerning him. I studied political science and was so disheartened that I decided leaving would be the best way to pay my student loans.
    Hope and change has to come to a country and a people that have the potential that Jamaica has. Leaving sometimes is easier than staying in the fight. I have total respect for anyone in both political parties who are willing to put Jamaicas future first. Change has to come


  4. I was not impressed with this blog. It was the mere interpretation of one person’s understanding of what happened on 2/25/2016. It really does not matter if you are a JLP, a PNP or an Independent. What is important is where you take the country. Five years from today, let’s look at the the following: (1) Health Care in Jamaica, (2) Educational system, (3) the status of how many miles of roads were added, (4) what percentage of the homes in Jamaica have clean running water, (5) what percentage of the homes in Jamaica have electricity, (6) and most of all, have we taken control of crime and violence in Jamaica. The blogger may not have understood but in the 80’s there was a “Boogie-man” in Jamaica ready to turn Jamaica back into slavery. Don’t get me wrong, Portia Simpson did little for Jamaica during her tenure. The question is, “Will Andrew Holness do better”?


  5. Very interesting article. I will only add that we now need to colapse two elements, of great impact to our demise, for the country to really become great again. Crime and western union. Replace those with farming and you will be frighten at how vital the economy will rebound.


  6. Jamaicans have spoken!!!..In my Eye one of the most Beautiful and Outstanding Countries in the World proved Daily By it’s People ..The time is Now! Change Brings new Goals to Achieve and that is being brought forward by The People!!!…Hard Work and Determination is not New and with this Change it is Sure to Happen!!..Jamaica the Beautiful Outstanding and True!!!


  7. Reblogged this on Jamaica: Political Economy and commented:
    One point seemed clear well before the election: the PNP did not want to run with younger candidates, whom many saw as sincere, different, challenging, relevant. That, in light of a cohort of young people who made it clear that they wanted to be taken seriously into the conversation. That seemed like part of a recipe for failure.

    The party also went badly off message, stayed off message, and gave more focus to its Opposition’s plans than their own.


  8. A great way to put it. People power is much greater than government power. Never take people for granted. Listen to them, even if it means a debate.


  9. Well written article, thank you. PNP was astounding in their arrogance. Congratulations Team JLP, keep moving forward and God Bless.


    That was demonstrated on Feb 25. A well written and balanced blog.
    I hope Jamaicans are ready to stand up for our rights, and hold these leaders accountable.
    Congratulations to Mr Holness and the JLP.


  11. It’s not just today Jamaicans looking visa to go a foreign. I am anxious to see the prosperity that will happen in the next 5 years. All politicians are looking out for themselves and not the people. Roads are terrible from when till now amongst a list of things. So I’m anxious to see the prosperity.


    • It will take sometime for Jamaica to see the real change under this new government because so much damage has been done to the Jamaican economy and the infracture are so damage that it will take years before we see real change but this is a good start. Let put our support behind the new government, give them time and hope for better!


  12. Well put together summary, congrats to team JLP now Jamaicans have to buy into the idea of us moving out of poverty wholeheartedly that is the only way it will work.


  13. Eloquently put, the truth summarized. I hope this is the future of Jamaica where we recognize that the power is in our hands and only we can determine if those elected to lead deliver substandard performance or champion the cause of economic growth and poverty reduction.


  14. It is my first time to this site and I am VERY impressed by this blog. It is very well written, easily understood and an absolutely truthful summary of this election.

    I was impressed by the intelligent and methodological way in which Barack Obama ran his two campaigns for Presidency. I must say, the JLP’s campaign is remnicent of that.

    Congrats to the JLP on a job well done and now the hard work begins.


  15. This is brilliant in its coherence, truth and we’ll placed references….thank you for summing up the situation, so simple but so well done!


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