The color of governance: Jamaica’s 2020 Election: Choosing between a rock and a hard place`


This, like others before it, is an unfinished canvas and a variety of colored bags:

Approximately three million people will vote on September 3, 2020, on whether or not to replace the locks or return the keys, and whose party color they will wear for the next four years, while they weigh a wide range of socio-economic issues.

As seen in other places, Jamaica is not afraid to put everything on the table if it means more power on any given political side.

From high crime to low crime, from a growing wealth gap to a shrinking economy, from climatic change to gender equity, from the number of murders committed under the JLP or PNP to the number of jobs created, to the number of promises kept and the number of people who are able to move up the economic ladder, there are a variety of variables that can play a role.

This conflict can be exacerbated by the social pressure of those who are well-connected and wealthy to change or maintain the status quo regardless of who has the keys to Jamaica’s or the people’s house.

The covid effect of this election’s paintbrush

The timing of the election was also questioned by many voters and opinion leaders, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness (JLP) took advantage of the occasion, based on good poll figures.

He is popular, and he has taken a new approach, and depending on the angle from which one sees this moving vehicle and preferred color, some call his plan an old-or new manifesto.

People in these communities have had socioeconomic and crime holes in their neglected paint shops for a long time. The prime minister called for an election based on the constitution in order to try to fix them.

Yes, COVOD-19 has added another level to the debate and opened the door to a wider discussion, distribution of Funds, what business stays open, closed, death tolls, vaccination, who is less or more corrupted-but at the same time, it has provided additional much-needed paint to cover these areas for now until the pandemic can be addressed.

While the island has made some progress in containing the virus at this early stage, leaders must be candid and initiate a serious discussion about pandemic management. Numerous individuals suggested that the critical Tests, Treatment, and Trace (TTT) procedures could be improved.


With the COVID-19 fear, easy access to voting sites for the elderly, or abandoned hope and trust in the system, there is reason to believe that citizens who will vote in this election are trapped between a rock and a hard place if they gaze in through these tinted windows inside the community body shop.

However, the battle to paint the nation’s next canvas may not be decided by who won the political debates or who has a better understanding of the country’s needs; rather, as experts have pointed out, the team that is more adept at using social media allows politicians to avoid the more traditional method of directly addressing voters with difficult questions.

It depends on the color you want to see

According to a previous nationwide radio poll, approximately 64 percent of respondents thought the Holness administration is corrupt, but that it may be more beneficial to handle corruption.

Photo by Markus Spiske

People on the island are constantly fighting for their socio-economic balance; seeking the right soul for a good government.

The debates over replacing the country’s economic tires, painting, recharging these communities, and repairing damaged parts may boil down to which side is better at telling the truth or lying about what is going on.

They will see these issues through a political prism that is either half-full or half-empty, depending on their political affiliations.

This report suggests that having these foxes keep an eye on the hen house is better than not having them at all.

All of these things are still important in this election. This election is about what they should have done, what they could have done, and what they might have done in the past.

Those who fight should be fighting for the future of Jamaica, the environment, the real trade deficit, the balance sheet, investments, especially for young people, education, corrections, training, and development, and other important economic indicators that will help everyone in the country.

Start painting or sanding down the rust for display.

When the election buzzer sounded, the two leaders, the players, entered a state of non-stop color media bliss, mocking progress or lack thereof. COVID-19 societal separation appears to be a secondary consideration in a national political campaign.

Even if the PNP’s leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, is opposed to such a demand, a careful balancing act must be performed in asking individuals who have been forgotten to purchase another ticket for their economic future.

While each ship’s melody is distinct, they both herald the arrival of better days. The other ship, according to both of them, is also in troubled, murky, and choppy questionable waters.

The fact remains that politics is a game of cat and mouse, and in this part of the world, it’s a fight of the titans between two powers looking to expand, or gain no matter what the conditions or justifications, or rationalizations may be.

Unfortunately, regardless of the circumstances, or excuses, when a country’s life is put at stake for personal political gains, horrible things usually follow, but we are still hoping for the best.

As I have said before, rebuilding will be a big problem for the new leader. This election pandemic is going to get even worse as people use it to their own advantage at the expense of people’s lives.

COVID-19, economic stagnation, crime, poverty, and the COVID-19 Blame Game will all get worse.

As long as there are down-ballot candidates who are running, it is more likely that the candidate who lost will run into an iceberg, even if the other person on the other side is friendly.

The only certainty is that the winning party will need a majority because there is no room for compromise, even if the messenger on the other side still has the respect and admiration of his or her community

Dented and painted different versions of the same vehicle?

Photo by Denys Gromov (Represent the People’s National Party,) (PNP)
Photo by Adrian Dorobantu(Represent the Jamaica Labor Party, (JLP)

Since driving and navigating political tribalism is challenging in a well-tuned engine, voters may choose to stick with an incumbent, who benefits from his or her position of familiarity and the resources available to present a more positive picture than reality.

Sadly, as it seems, governmental power is rarely based on real accomplishments, but on personal time served in a cabinet and popularity, resources to paint a better picture than reality.

Local politics is frequently compared to a contact sport in which only the strongest survive. After the political colorful game is over, the economic stains will continue, with injured community players sidelined due to unemployment from being on the losing team this season.

However, some will me but building new connections in maintaining their power and wealth, while others with camouflage colors that have been impeding upward mobility.

The impact of COCID-19 on navigating students who may face distance learning in rural areas without resources; they, too, will be looking for a new coat of paint, or a victim, wonders if their number will be called on a resolved case

Unfortunately, it appears as though only political leaders and the well-connected circles are advancing economically. No one has a monopoly on the best vehicle.

One political side has dents, the other with missing paints, and the oppressed are constantly squeezed by decades of promises, distrust, and ineffective management, as well as a lack of upward mobility.

It has been a pattern for decades, and many studies have shown that Jamaica ranks high on the corruption index when compared to other nations, and it supports
many elders argue that politics is where many people who should have been public servants go to become wealthy and the cycle continues.

The color that is missing while leaders shine:

Despite its cultural importance, Jamaica’s prosperity isn’t the best beat on the street; it’s a single unemployed mother, father, sons, daughters, cousins, grandparents, and uncle on the hill debating whether or not to dance because what happens when the music stops?

Photo by Timur Weber

While the rhythms may vary, they are all recorded on the same vinyl,” one person contended.

A desperate frenzy that pits communities against each other for a short-term sense of happiness can make people feel like they’re stuck in a body shop.

People who have been neglected and bumped for years are stuck there, waiting for someone to fix their dents from years of collisions, and socioeconomic rust

Regrettably, Jamaica, like many other impoverished and developing countries, is governed by a kleptocratic government following an election.

Despite their humble origins and democratic election, several of them have earned enormous riches.

Numerous studies have revealed that they govern with a charismatic style; frequently use their political authority to build personal riches, including those of close allies and family members; and are tremendously affluent after they leave office.

Many have relocated to gated enclaves, professed patriotism, and continued to wield political power in order to safeguard their profit margins.

Numerous commentators assert that the politics of that country, as well as those of other underdeveloped and growing economies, share some resemblance to Chinese investment in specific sectors.

They come in attractive bundles, but in exchange, there is an imbalance that costs these people more money, while they gather minerals and other natural resources, and little will change after the contracts are signed.

After all, in order for these political spray paint parties and leaders to produce an excellent portrait, they must serve as primary colors, combining both sides.

Constant political wrangling complicates governance and paints a bleak future.

They are anticipating a fresh blend:

There is a lack of women in political posts, civil service, business sector, and academia in Jamaica and many other poor and developing nations according to academics.

According to local media reports, both parties have a significant number of women running in this election. However, whoever wins must demand a seat at the prime minister’s decision table.

Few Pictures from 2020 campaigns: Photo Credit JLP & PNP.

They must work with other women, regardless of political beliefs, because they are the backbone of this country and the lifeblood that determines whether these paints shine for future generations or rust.

This political election will not significantly reduce COVID-19 the following day, crime, violence against women, better medical care, lower unemployment, increase bed space, or provide new life-saving equipment.

As the region continues to navigate choppy waters, I hope that after these colorful events, everyone can come up with a color scheme to renovate the country.

On this beautiful island, it will take more than party dedication to see hope triumph over fear and reality triumph over fiction.

Will the finished product be enjoyed and benefited by all?

Voting should be done for the future, not for short-term employment or a financial handout in an emergency.

What about long-term tuition and school supplies for your child’s education?

Bob Marley

Despite the colors, social media blasts, likes, and yes, for many who sit on the side, some of whom may not live in the country, and are part of the decision making; the only question that communities should be asking is whether they are better off today or envision a future for the next generation.

However, this election may come down to a single issue, “safety,” which is a public health issue, because the data on other systemic issues have been there for decades, and the best speeches will not change that.

Jamaica is not without flaws, but it is a vibrant place full of opportunity and hope.

Change must start at the bottom and work its way to the top.

Whichever color is elected, the government must address a number of overlooked rusts that weave a new upward mobility pain for long-term development, thereby reshaping the country.

It’s important to think about whether your community vehicle is still in good shape when you start painting again, as I said before. If it’s not, you’ll need to make changes or make some adjustments.

I don’t have a vote, no financial interest, and no candidate, but I like the colors and hope for a better canvas where everyone can stop by, feel safe, find inspiration, and the possibilities are endless.

They must remain positive until everyone can truly enjoy these recycled photos, adding their own color for both the country and personal success, as this shore seeks to choose an image of better days between a rock and a hard place.

Jamaica will rise and prosper, but who will be less tarnished, or who will bear a permanent stain, to navigate these ostentatious waters, roads, and hills?

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