The good, the bad, and the ugly (November 24)

Good

Resignation of the Board of JADCO. They’ve shown many ways to present themselves and Jamaican athletes in a bad light.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica reported that, after six consecutive quarterly declines, the economy rebounded showing a marginal increase in real GDP of 0.6 per cent; “primarily due to improved weather conditions and the strengthening of productive activities within most industries”. The rebound has to start somewhere.

Bad

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica repoted that the rate of inflation (Consumer Price Index, All Jamaica) was 0.8 per cent for the month of October 2013.This gives an annual point-to-point rate of 10.3 per cent. This increase was mainly due to 20 percent upward movement in the cost of water and sewerage. Electricity, gas and other fuels also rose by 2.9 per cent.

Ugly

Pride of place goes to the little tempest that brewed when an RJR reporter and the PM’s security detail could not see eye to eye about questions to the PM, after a project dedication ceremony. The problem between the two sides are not hard to fix. If the PM and her Office want to engage the media, then it would be easy to set up some general rules that both find acceptable. After all, politics is the art of the possible.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

2 thoughts on “The good, the bad, and the ugly (November 24)”

  1. Improved weather conditions! That sounded rather lame to me… But OK, good. Why do they need “rules” and “protocol” to engage the media? I don’t get it. Doesn’t she have a whole team of communications professionals, or whatever they call themselves?

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    1. I dont have a problem with ‘improved weather’ as that can be important for the success of many economic activities.

      ‘Rules’and ‘protocols’ don’t seem unreasonable either: we can’t expect free and complete access to politicians for all things. I don’t any problem in setting up guidelines about formal interviews, etc. Impromptu, on-location interviews may also need to be handled in a certain way because they don’t happen in a vacuum. For example, the recent incident with the RJR reporter might have had real security implications because of how the interaction compromised the ‘security cordon’ around a politician. Part of the problem with the interaction is that the OPM and the professesionals may not want to have the interaction, so friction is inherent in that position.

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