#COVID19Chronicles-119: August 11, 2020-Builder of weak fences?

COVID19 fatigue is real. But, it’s also clear that the word of a politician is to be as trusted as only a fool should be.

From almost day 1 in mid-March of the restricted life started to try to curb the impact of the global pandemic on Jamaica, the PM was blasting those who were ‘weak fences’

So, what was I to make of the images I saw yesterday, just a week after the weak fences charge was laid at our feet again? When I saw this picture during the steaming hot mid-afternoon, yesterday, I thought, this can’t be real.

Did I really see what I saw? Only days after admonishing people for complacency about health protocols, the PM is in a crowd of people demonstrating the same behaviour. On a ‘road tour’ of Trelawny. Well, the video footage only only makes the whole thing more maddening:

I’m sure the immediate response of those who saw and see the display will be ‘he was encouraging the people to wear masks’. That’s about as facile a reason as someone saying they were trying to get a straw out of a leopard’s mouth with a piece of meat. 

Who in their right mind would think that there would be anything but a frenzied and uncontrolled and uncontrollable throng of people?

The reason many people have growing concerns about the date of an election being closed is the fear that scenes like these will be the norm and the spread of infection would rise rapidly, putting a severe risks the gains that appeared to be there after months of personal sa frise.

So, why would the PM do it? Search me, officer!

Last week, the PM indicated that new measures to deal with those not respecting the restriction would be announced on Tuesday. That’s today. Will it be that OPM will become the first governmental agency heavily sanctioned and fined for their behaviour? I’ve never seen a pink elephant or one that flies. But…

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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. :)