Professor Richard Huzzey investigates how the brutal massacre following the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica created a schism in British opinion over the role of colonialism...
Gradually, voter participation has declined to such alarming levels that questions of legitimacy and the right to rule - constitutionally authorized by Westminster first past the post (FPTP) formalization - must become an agenda issue if democracy is not only to be preserved but evolve.
Does it matter to the democratic process if the electorate go out in large numbers or not? Is governance any different when it is apparently endorsed by landslide victories or through small margins? Is democracy, as it is presented on paper, served according to the vaunted place it holds as a societal ideal? What does the term democracy that is thrown around so freely in the western political process mean? Should we be rethinking the concept and moving towards making government work for us?
In the middle of the alarming daily exponential increases in Covid cases and a virus that needs to be handled with delicacy, Jamaicans will go to the polls defying the laws of mandatory social distancing as per the World Health Organization. Consider this! In what is now probably showing up as ground zero, the parish with the most cases has been put under curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM until September 02...elections are on September 03! Holness gambles with the safety of the nation and the body politic is allowing him to.
Some Jamaicans like the excitement and fervour. They claim that it makes the election contest hot, trendy, topical and vibrant. This approach will no doubt have a special appeal to the youths, but are these youths simply being manipulated by the hype rather than the political reality that Jamaica faces?
In Jamaica whilst outrage at this cultural psychological violence and opposition to it certainly exists the next stage will be to empower the people to organise and consolidate their concerns beyond the virtual to real life.
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton a short while ago disclosed that test kit supplies for COVID-19 to Jamaica from the United States were blocked by that jurisdiction, and that the Government is now awaiting supplies from other sources. He then assured that there are adequate supplies of testing material … Continue reading COVID-19 testing kits for Jamaica blocked by US