IMF (I Must Flee) to save Jamaica
“I MUST Flee… Jamaica…” This is cry of many as they face the hardship of the current economy. Many years ago when Josey Wales sang “sweet sweet Jamaica…naa lef ya” he didn’t foresee this economic suffocation of our beloved (Jamaica land we love); A crime riddled environment where not even our kids are safe.
Many are not happy with the government’s decision to return to the IMF. But what is all the fuss about? Are we forgetting that the IMF has been ‘up in jamaica’s kool aid’ (involved in the life of jamaica) for years and has lived through the flip flop of our political parties? Kmt. This is nothing new.
With each ‘crisis’ the country faces, the IMF syndrome becomes an epidemic. No one is spared as this epidemic sets its roots and spreads to the deepest crevasses of the country affecting man, woman, boy, girl and even the unborn.
Let’s simply do a check of its sojourn.
1) Years ago when fear griped the hearts of those who thought that then Prime Minister the late Michael Manley was going to pursue the communism order for Jamaica, “the devil drop off him chair and all hell bruk loose”. MANY persons sold their lands, houses, “drew out every last red cent” from local bank accounts and did the IMF dash. It did not take them a year to get it done. While some decided I must flee, others gleefully sang Josey Wales’ sweet sweet Jamaica naa lef ya” because they got everything CHEAP! Yup! You see the irony! Yes I know it funny because as I am writing I am laughing, and wishing I could do a back flip and a hand stand. We all know how people love cheapness so imagine the excitement.
2) Political representatives plan their lives with IMF deal as a back-up. Who can vividly recall after the 2007 election when the JLP emerged after 18 years from the wilderness, some political representatives were not satisfied with the results and immediately resort to their back-up, plan-IMF deal. Effortlessly so.
3) Not too long ago several teachers could no longer handle the pressure of the system and so they decided “I must flee! Hell! It didn’t take them forever to make this IMF deal and there was no government to negotiate with. All the government did was complain about the intellectual brain drain.
(A thought-But when we take these IMF deals, how do we save Jamaica? But can you blame these people who have a family to feed and lives to live? If they don’t save themselves then there will be no Jamaica!!! )
The political parties have been fiercely clawing at each others throats accusing the other for being the reason no IMF deal has been reached YET. How will clawing at each others throat help to secure the deal? Are they Blind as Bartimeous? Can they not see that ordinary Jamaicans have effortlessly accomplished over and over what the technocrats failed to do for the past year. They are adamant that an IMF deal is what is needed to save the economy but are they really serious! Can’t they see what happen when persons decide I Must Flee Jamaica? When our intellectual capacity and skills base takes the IMF deal our already limited capacity and capability reduces.
Let’s us look at the strategies used by both and see how best practices can be ascertained. The public use banana boats, canoes, airplanes etc… The government representatives’ sit in air conditioned rooms around big brown polished oak tables sipping coffee-sometimes at a FIVE STAR HOTEL!. Hmmm. Who has a greater need to ensure they reach an IMF deal with alacrity? Who is feeling more discomfort? Or better yet, who has more to lose? I would like to think that NO ONE likes discomfort but EVERYONE likes luxury! So upon assessment of the two approaches…..gotcha! You finish the thought my dear readers.
VS Banana Boat: unloading in New orleans 1903 (Shorpy Historical photo archive
Terms and conditions of IMF deal
The “I Must Flee” to save Jamaica is not class bias. Neither are there many options of terms and conditions available thus eliminating lengthy negotiation processes. But whether individuals will take the deal on green card terms and conditions, run off conditions or contract worker, the deal is reached
So I ask my politicians, what’s holding up your process? The IMF deals will not stop once this economic suffocation continues. Deep in people’s heart they agree with Tony Rebel that “sweet Jamaica naa lef ya” but when reality strikes they “are leaving on the next plane out”. The IMF deal. I must Flee to save Jamaica. Even the rasta on the corner will tell you “I and I must flee to save Jamaica.”
Based on future projections, it is clear that Jamaica WILL have an IMF deal- either from the government or its citizens- in short order. I suggest for the benefit of our Beloved (Jamaica land we love) that the government gets one BEFORE the citizens.
Dor @ the reins