Over analysed and under performing, Jamaica loves twiddling its thumbs when it could save lives-June 9, 2021

It’s a sad truth about this lovely island that most of our problems are well-known, much analysed, but we’ll short of corrective action.

It doesn’t have to go to major socioeconomic or political issues. It’s there in the little or everyday things.

For the second time in a week, a car has plunged off Flat Bridge; a basic bridge with no side barriers, over a raging river. What could go wrong?

Many accidents, including suicidal ones happen there. Yet, the plain sight problems stare us all in the face and simple solutions are languishing.

Much like Jamaicans don’t know about defensive road behaviour such as warning a reversing driver or not walking behind a reversing vehicle, we’re not much into preventative barriers. Drive on any of our hilly or mountain roads and warnings and barriers for dangerous curves are as visible as pink elephants.

Why do we resist tried and tested life-saving measures?

Simpletons like me have said often that Jamaicans don’t really treasure lives, despite their ready hang ringing. Look across the range of instances that involve lives put at risk. You’ll find a level of negligence that’ll make you shiver.

We’re our own worst enemies.

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. :)

One thought on “Over analysed and under performing, Jamaica loves twiddling its thumbs when it could save lives-June 9, 2021”

  1. Denis

    You are so right. Beautiful parts of the country would be so much more likely to be visit if the corrective action was taken. But as you note, inaction is the order of the day. Much as I love Jamaica this is a negative along with many others that defy common sense governance.

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