I have no political aspirations. My family and I have never deprived any benefits from political parties. In fact, in the days when the JLP with their hegemonic coloured politicians tried to buy votes with flour and rotten cod fish , my home in St. Ann was one of the few that voted People’s National Party and shunned the rotten goods which were being used to induce voting. To cut a long story short, it is alarming that the criminal activities have taken a turn for the worst in Jamaica. Why despite the PNP having the strongest record for social programmes (Yes, it is Norman Manley who introduced education for all Jamaicans at the high school level) crime has always been higher when the PNP is in power and crime control has always alluded the PNP. In serious self reflection, I am asking myself why? I have listen to complaint of many Jamaicans and I have to ask myself why is this so? Why under the other regime, the crime rate is tolerable? Is something of the nature of destroying the nation at work? By whom and in whose interests? There is an answer to everything. It appears that there are factors impacting the high crime rate on the island under all PNP state control. The fact is only since the Dudus West Kingston fiasco has the country seen a significant reduction in crime in the last 15 years , although for a few months.
From all assessment and analysis only seven (7) plausible reasons can be given and are as follows:
1. Serious economic disequilibrium that makes the worst come out of the criminal elements and the dispossessed Jamaicans.
2.Provision of guns by persons especially those with money to sabotage the government and social programmes.
3 The PNP party has always been soft on crime. Serious crime control has never been taken seriously.
4.. The PNP has always been ambivalent .
5. In its mantra to protect human rights .
6. The PNP has made it easier for criminal elements , some or any aligned to the party to get away with terrorizing the population.
7. Crime pays and there is an investment in crime which might be political , economic or a mixture of both. In fact it could also be racial-economic driven. Who knows?
Therefore if we know the answer which is one from the above, and even the most hypocritical and cynical of us knows it, why cannot the authorities or the people of Jamaica fix the crime problem?
It is time for serious action, strong leadership and steps to be taken which may not be favourable to some , especially those who benefited from crime to clip the wing of this scourge.
There are no other reasons so from these seven it awaits us all to analyse and assess the crime situation if we have not done that yet and make our choice of the correct reason . Have you choose the correct answer/reason ? Do not be a hypocrite? Be fair? I have made my selection. What about you?
I am no supporter of the JLP or PNP parties in Jamaica, I equally detest them both. I detest them for no other reason but the fact that they have both contributed to the atrocious crime problem in Jamaica by developing and financing gangs and the spread of ammunition among the poorer class. I detest them because they look out more for their own self interest rather than the interest of the people of Jamaica.
The seven plausible reasons above seem to give a clear assessment for the increase in crime. However, of the seven, number one seems to be the least likely reason for crime. The crime in Jamaica is hardly due to poverty, The Republic of Haiti is a far more depressed country than Jamaica economically. Haiti has 80% of its people below the poverty line, while Jamaica has 16.5%, however Haiti had approx 689 homicides out of a population of 9.8 Million compared to 1,133 out of a population of 2.7 Million in Jamaica in 2011.
In Jamaica, the poor kill the poor, the rich kill the poor and the police kill the poor.
Serious action need to be taken, but who? what? when? how? The current government seem to be more interested in qualifying for grants and loans instead of taking a serious look at the crime problem in Jamaica. If reducing the crime rate was a prerequisite for an IMF loan, then the PNP would be more apt to do something about it.