#AtoZChallengeJamaica: Y is for Your Time Is Up


My blogging colleague Dennis continues his political slant on our Jamaican alphabet today… Boadicea (or Boudicca, if you prefer) remains one of my heroes – like Jamaican National Hero Nanny, she was an anti-colonial rebel! And what can one say about the imperious Maggie T?

Jamaica: Political Economy

When one considers politicians’ decisions that their ‘race is run’, no clear patterns emerge. Just last week, Britain held a referendum on its EU membership and the PM, who staunchly urged people to ‘remain’, quickly announced his resignation after the people voted to ‘leave’. His opposing leader also urged ‘remain’ and he is now under heavy pressure from members of his party to ‘leave’. The reasons surrounding each set of decisions seem clear.

In Jamaica, our last general election saw the then-governing party lose its sizeable Parliamentary majority and winone seat less than the then-opposition party. But, a majority of one seat is enough. Many think that defeat in the national polls means the head of the party should step down–especially when they’ve chosen to call the vote–not least because he/she was the standard bearer for the mandate and if ‘the buck stops here’, then at least the leader…

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