#ZOSO going to plan? While the cats are away, the mice will play.

Let’s not put too much into one set of numbers?

As I intimated in my blog earlier today, if large amounts of security forces are deployed in a ZOSO, fewer must be available elsewhere–unless the supply of police and soldiers magically increases. So, knowing that, criminals will feel they have more room to manoeuver.

Murder figures for the month so far are 54, according to the leader of the Opposition–a higher rate than before, at well over 5 killings a day.

Ironically, the PM made the stipulated ’10 day’ report on the ZOSO, in Parliament this afternoon. Interestingly, in making his conclusions, he stated:

“The Zone of Special Operations is meant to preserve and improve the quality of life in Jamaica’s most vulnerable communities.”

Of course, that’s all fine for those embraced by ZOSO, but not if it’s at the expense of a worsening quality of life elsewhere, which is what the higher murder figures suggest.

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. :)

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