Jamaica becomes Ps-ful

Lots of little things happen in politics, and more generally, that go largely unnoticed, but we know the devil is in the details. I have been struck, recently, by the seeming love of the letter P in (dare I say) things political in Jamaica. It’s almost become our national letter, under cover of darkness.

Before the elections were kicked off, we were already in the grip of Polls and Pollsters.

Once things got running, Portia, Paul, Peter, Phillip, wanted us to ‘Step up the Progress’.

The Opposition leader littered his campaign with words that began with it: he wanted to move us ‘From Poverty to Prosperity’. Within that was the Promise of financial betterment, with a tax break, especially for those who earned and paid taxes on income less than $1.5 million.

Then, in no time flat, having won the election to the surprise of many, once he was sworn in as the new PM, he started to plaster us with talk of Partnership.

Well, the erstwhile named ‘Champion Boy’ will soon find that he’ll be p-ing more that before. He has already committed to staying with the IMF Programme, and should know that this will bring more than a little Pressure.

A well-known phrase is to ‘mind your Ps and Qs’, meaning be on good behaviour. We’ll have to see if it has meaning in our little political garden. Parliamentary procedures have yet to resume and the new Speaker will be mindful of keeping good Protocol going with the many new members. He (or she) will do the best possible to keep the Peace in the House. How long for? Let’s see. If not long, then we may fast move to the Qs, like Quit… 🙂


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. :)