Election 2016: let’s make Jamaica a better place 😊

Whatever your voting intentions next Thursday, you can’t say you’re not being entertained along the way. Some are doing better, because their services are in higher demand: lawyers come to mind. I’d better stop there, in case someone throws me a law suit. Our minister of finance/man of the year is not letting a law suit threat dampen his sense of the funny–and he needs it more now that Mrs. Holness has thrown the family ire at him by giving him a six-hour ultimatum before she sues him. We may have to dub Dr. Phillips ‘A man named Sue’. Anyway, PDP let the people know that the Holnesses have nothing to grumble about and should vote for the PNP, who had created the conditions for their personal financial progress by creating the conditions for them to build their modest home on the hill. I thought that was a masterful twist to a now long-running saga.

But, my heart was aflutter when I noticed a few days ago the latest ‘get rich quick’ trick–betting on the election outcome. I think you can wager on almost anything, including what the PM will have for breakfast, whether she’ll just go for orange juice and not have any greens. Today’s paper makes it clear what you should do: put your money where your X is and bet. 

Showing you the way to prosperity…
 The way to a Better Jamaica is to be a better person. It can’t be any easier, eh? No need to figure out if you’ll be better off with a pay rise to $1.501 million dollars or stick with your job paying $1.499 million. Sums are only for some, not all.

So, whether you’re reading Manifestos this weekend–and your life couldn’t be sadder–or if you’re planning your ‘election special’ no-debate-watching party, save a few dollars to take to Island Bet. Who knows, a losing candidate may well need a helping hand.

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. :)