Unaccountable and just wrong
Sometimes politicians do the wrong thing in face of public opinion and they have the nous to correct their act in the form of a public apology or reversing the effect of their action. The post independence governments of Jamaica from either side at times have done things on a partisan basis defying public opinion at their cost and most importantly, to the Jamaican people.
The tone of indifference in many aspects of Jamaican life can be put squarely at the feet of politicians where through which the public have copied and rationalised their behaviour. Our politicians are not the most honest people in the world and to expect Jamaicans to be honest when they themselves have had a clearly dishonest tendency is defying logic.
The two most glaring incidents of politicians going against public opinion was firstly PSM decision not to engage in a public debate before the last General Election, which arguably cost the PNP the elections. We now have the audacious situation of the Audley Shaw phone bill where no viable resolution was pursued. This has been allowed to be silenced by the passing of time but if the current government is under an illusion that this will be forgotten , come the next election , this will surely cost them the crucial support of the swing voters. I do not know who are the political strategists of the current government but if he, she or they have any political acumen, it is not being used.
The Prime Minister in this case is the captain of the ship and if he does not see anything wrong and is instrumental in bringing about a honourable solution its implication is that he too is mired in a web of indifference towards the Jamaican people.
We are currently celebrating Jamaica 55, but yet the accountability which is expected in many western governments is defied by our little island state mentality where the isolation from the political class or party restricts debate and openness. When politicians or any individual becomes shameless , the moral compass is truly lost, its time the politicians find back their moral compass.