In recent days, the Rev. Stanley Redwood resigned his duties as President of the Jamaican Senate. This news did not go down well with some Jamaicans, especially when they learned that he was migrating with his family to Canada.
My Take on the Matter
I don’t think it was an over-night decision for the goodly Rev. I have always known him to be hard worker. I have always admired his desire to improve his family situation. He seems very family oriented. I think at the end of the day, he is just a Jamaican who wants a better life and better opportunities for his family as well.
It is very sad though, the he being the President of the Senate of a ‘Sovereign Nation’, had to seek citizenship in another country, because even as a politician or government official, it is still too difficult for him to get by here.
The mere reality is that, successive governments for the last five decades have done such a great job at ensuring that this nation remains one that is filled political tribalism and rigged with poverty. This level of poverty forces the people to always see these politicians as their saviours.
It is sad though, that we live in a country and as much as many of us are educated, we have to still seek to leave or find a way to do our own thing in order to survive. I get so frustrated at times to see that most of us work only to pay bills. We can’t afford a good savings plan or even to eat properly. We constantly have to ration our food. There are days when we have to make a choice between gas for the car or lunch. Constantly struggling with the low salaries, especially if you work with government.
Rev. Redwood might have disappointed some, but I believe he showed others that there is really no hope here in this country and the best thing to do, is to leave if you can. No other country is a bed of roses at this time, but there are opportunities to at least eat properly and pay your bills comfortably.
I am hoping that one day things will change and people will really be given an opportunity to stay here and build this country. Running is not so much of a solution, it is just an urgent call to ensure that one’s family can “eat a food”. The issue needs addressing though. I am not sure which politician or political party is ready to commit political suicide in order to deal with this issue.