Well Said, Prime Minister!

 

Included in Jamaicans.com is a video of Prime Minister Andrew Holness  (photo) delivering his New Year’s address. If you haven’t done so already, you might want to check it out.

It’s a pragmatic yet idealistic summary of his stewardship and a preview of his hopes and plans for the immediate future. And, as a Jamaican living abroad, I found it a welcome close-up of the island’s top politician.

In the video, his demeanor is calm and dignified, his words without malice or political rancor. He looks and sounds like someone I would like to have running things, someone I could trust.

He spoke of Jamaica’s need to fight gang violence – but without sacrificing citizens’ rights. And he called for optimism, providing evidence of positive developments during the past year. Included, I noticed with relief, was the assurance that the Cockpit Country and Goat Island are being protected against environmental depredation.

He acknowledged the sacrifice of public sector workers but called for increased efficiency to boost their productivity. Amd he vowed to lead a campaign against violence, appealing to all Jamaicans to reject violent solutions to personal and political disputes.

His message was one of inclusiveness and good will.

As I listened to this eminently sensible address, I wondered how a tiny country like Jamaica can produce this caliber of political leadership when mighty powers like the United States must settle for bickering, discord and gridlock.

The prime minister’s speech

More about Andrew Holness

One thought on “Well Said, Prime Minister!

  1. Prime Minister Andrew Holness is like a breath of fresh air and I wish him every success and God’s Blessing. Jamaica, like all countries has had her share of disappointments and successes in her choice of leaders but this time I believe she hit the Jack pot! I am thrilled that the Cockpit Country and Goat Island are Going to be protected from greedy self serving people who can only see the short term money to line their pockets. I brag about the wonderful people of Jamaica constantly. We hope to be there in a couple of weeks where we will enjoy staying at Rooms on the Beach in Ocho Rios. The manager is Sonia Davis who does a fantastic job of making sure that the guests are comfortable and happy. Billy G.

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