Jamaica and the lazy bug gene: the peoples’ representatives get money for old rope?

To get money for old rope means gaining something for doing very little. Enter, stage right, your local MP. Cheers ring out. Hats fly in the air. Why? While you ponder that question, let me suggest some reasons why not, based on some simple stories that came to light, recently.

  • The peoples’ representatives are too poor to travel to do the nation’s business! Some claimed that the cost of travelling to Kingston on the new North-South toll road was too high and that was why they were either late for Parliamentary sittings or did not attend at all. The fact that their untimeliness and poor attendance long predates the highway was an inconvenient truth. 
  • The previous week, another MP claimed that her lack of ready cash meant that she was unable to pay the toll, and lamented in a 5-minute video having received “perhaps the worst customer service” she’d ever received in Jamaica and the country’s apparent backwardness in not having credit card options to pay the toll. Here’s an extract.
    I won’t rehash the many simple ways that the ‘problem’ could have been solved. You can think about them next time you travel on the highway and the children want something to keep them busy. I won’t go into either why most of the world’s toll roads do not offer credit card payment options, but instead, take cash or offer prepaid access (via card or transponder or some sort of licence reader and later billing).

Read about that, in less than the time it takes to make a video 🙂

So, some MPs say they can’t pay for using the highway, while at least one says the cost is no issue, but though being a frequent user of the highway did not have the necessary fee handy for the journey. I ask you, in the name of sanity, are these people who seem to be in touch with the rest of us and our paltry lives? Again, while you ponder that question, I will go and do my yoga exercises.

I’m sure that, after the heavy rain we had yesterday, and the condition of the new road, where once again some of the land has slipped, the reasons may extend, for delayed politicians, to the road being too muddy, or the water will clog up the engines of the SUV.

Those who want to, do. Those who don’t want to, find excuses.

Slip, sliding away…with the people’s money?

The last question I will pose of you, because I know that a busy day lies ahead, after the enforced day at home for many of you and your children, is list 10 major things your MP has achieved during the last year. You can send me your replies, and if they get too many, I will get a bigger bag than the one I have my corn seeds in to collect them.

Have a wonderful and productive day! 🙂

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. :)