In the same way that P has almost taken over Jamaica, so too has the letter V.

Viruses. Oh, boy! Dengue was rough on many people, but no one was ready for chikungunyah in 2014 (including our ministry of health), which comes from the Makonde word for “that which bends up”! We were bent literallly and figuratively, out of shape, by some of the incompetence show by our health policy officials. Thankfully, in good Jamaican fashion, we make a joke of it, as did Wayne J, with his song

But, all things pass. What? We are now in 2016, having to worry about Zika virus, with its birth defect worries? We’ve had very few confirmed cases of the disease, but that’s no reassurance, given that 80 percent of sufferers show no symptoms. Top that with the fact that we have serious problems with reporting by doctors, and testing of samples, even though we now have the capability to do the virology work here (rather than in our beloved Trinidad :)).

Things going viral (as in videos, tasteful and tasteless). YouTube has become standard viewing.

Vexation (or just plain vex) lives in our veins. Let the Gleaner cartoonist Las May deal with that in his own way. Pull it up, selector!

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This won’t go away in a hurry… (Courtesy, Jamaica Gleaner, April 20, 2016)

Vision (as in ‘give us, lest we perish’). Run with that one as your biases dictate, and you will soon reach its opposite point, visionless. We have Vision 2030, but if 2020 vision is perfect, then 2030 must be

far sighted?

Violence. 😦 “Murderer! Blood deh pon your shoulder…” Our western parish of St. James has been on such a killing spree that it’s now not unusual to joke that living in Kingston (once dubbed the ‘murder capital’) is now safer. Take it away, again, Las May!

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Courtesy, Jamaica Gleaner, April 25, 2016

The lyrics of Buju Banton’s songs are often haunting, as they should be:

“Your insides must be hollow
How does it feel to take the life of another?

Yes, you can hide from man but not your conscience
You eat the bread of sorrow 
Drink the wine of violence

Vae Victis in Latin means ‘Woe to the Vanquished‘, as in the quotation ‘To the victors go the spoils, and woe to the vanquished’. To the electoral victors the spoils…well, not quite yet. The new JLP government is still finding its way…To their vanquished opponents, the PNP and are still arguing over where to go and raking over the coals of defeat: I’ve renamed them the PMP (the post-Moreen party). Will their president vacate her position? Why should she? After all, she retorted to questions about possible election resutls by saying “I look like a loser to you?” 

Leicester City need one more victory to make football history. If that happens, Jamaica would rejoice when its national team captain, Wes Morgan, hoists the trophy.

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Leicester City are just a few points away from a victory of monumental proportions in the English Premier League

Verisimilitude: It’s all the fault of the Budget process, which was not invented yesterday, and had to be gone through soon after whichever new government took office. Therefore, if it’s blocking progress and slowing things down, someone hadn’t been paying attention. It’s delayed the PM filing his financial declaration, which was due by December 31 last year, and he promised in February would be ready by March 31, and he’s requested more time because of the budget burden. It’s the reason why ‘job letters’ have not been prepared. One wonders if dinner hasn’t gone into the oven yet, on the same basis.