Quandaries. I mentioned to one of our current affairs radio hosts yesterday the quite difficult position the minister of finance faces over fulfilling his party’s election promise of a tax pay-day. Tax breaks are about who has to feel pain for others to get gains; who will pay for the tax cut is the tricky question the minister has to answer. His dilemma is that he may have to extract more from those who already pay much, including those who’ll get the tax break–as economists often say, on the one hand…on the other hand. While he and his team are in Washington on their ‘prosperity mission’, I’m sure he and Fund staff are quietly wrestling with this, quantifying financially (and politically) the various options. Well, we’ll see how things have shaken out on May 12.
Questions. Our police force have a hard time doing their job, and sometimes it’s their own fault as they fall over their own feet. But, we have to accept that currently the force has too many undesirables. So, it’s refreshing, if not yet reassuring, that all new recruits will be subject to polygraph testing. I say not reassuring because that does not deal with the crop of lying and dishonest police officers. That’s not my personal gripe speaking, but the evidence of a string of police officers being arrested and charged for crimes, as cited by the Commissioner yesterday: 41 in 2014, 27 in 2015, and 7 so far this year. Not reassuring because a few months ago the JCF reported that about half of new recruits were being kicked out of training school for failing the lie-detector tests.
The new Speaker of the House of Representatives was speaking on the radio on Monday, to Dionne Jackson-Miller. She quizzed him about his desire to don a wig for his new role. He gave several reasons, including “We are colonial…” (that’s nearly in the David Cameron box of remarks not to utter to Jamaicans, but let’s move on). But, his essential point was that it’s part of the tradition handed down to us by the former colonial masters, the British, and what’s good for them can only be great for us. He was also trying to argue that wearing the wig gave his office a bit more gravitas and people would take heed of his words and actions. Funny, that. We tend to laugh at people who wear false hair, yet somehow donning wig for ceremonial purposes is supposed to make everything seem right and better. Where are those dementia pills?
I like Mr. Charles for being one of the brighter candles on the tree. But, personally, find his reasoning a bit weak. I think he could at least have given himself some latitude and at least make his wig more like his natural hair, which is naturally two-tone, right down the middle. But, being politics, I guess he had to opt for one side or the other. Good luck, mate!