Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Bdos: Ripping Seaga a new one

We find it astonishing that Seaga is blaming the rest of CARICOM for his country’s failure to expand its regional exports. Jamaica is a victim of political inertia and social challenges that undermine its entrepreneurial spirit. That much could have been stated by St. Vincent’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, in answer to Seaga’s now characteristic rejection of regional initiatives. The Jamaican politician, along with his Trinidad & Tobago counterpart, Mr. Basdeo Panday, is also famously cited as pouring scorn on the proposed Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). We have no reason to believe that truly visionary legislators would want to have such persons for company.
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We fail to see how peddling such hysteria could be in Jamaica’s best interest if that country is genuinely interested in making its way forward through strength of unity with its Caribbean neighbours.

Seaga will have to show where appeals to the dark side of human nature ever redounded to his country’s benefit. He will also have to show where ready access to a market more than twice that currently enjoyed by his compatriot exporters can harm Jamaica’s economy.
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Jamaicans should not allow themselves to be victimised by Seaga’s xenophobia.
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