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Commentary With Winston Barnes: Jamaica’s Elections More Historic?

SOUTH FLORIDA – The February 25th elections in Jamaica are going to be far more historic than even the most optimistic among us suspect.

This is not because of the low voter turnout or the one seat margin in the house. It is because it appears that politicians are on the verge of morphing into public servants.

The out-going Minister of National Security and Minister of Health have pledged publicly that they are ready to assist the persons taking over those portfolios. The out-going Health Minister says, “The new one is his friend and he is going to offer any help asked for.” The former National Security Minister said basically the same thing.

But there is more, when a report went out that the former local government minister was locked out of his former office, he promptly and publicly explained that this was not true.

I care not what political side one comes down on, this has to be a good sign. I don’t think we are on the verge of seeing a collapse of the opposition but obviously what is emerging is an accurate display of what is usually called the loyal opposition. Not to party, that is, but to the people.

Maybe Jamaica can start exporting non-politicians in addition to world class athletes?

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Winston Barnes Host – “Open Line” WAVS 1170AM Photo Credit: Leroy “Dreamy” Riley
Winston Barnes Host – “Open Line” WAVS 1170AM
Photo Credit: Leroy “Dreamy” Riley






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