Nature doesn’t respect politics

May 19, 2017
A church under floodwaters in Four Paths, Clarendon, earlier this week.

 

If there was ever a day when I would wake up and find that Jamaica was not as politically divided as it is now, I would be the happiest man in the world.

Nothing is more frustrating to me than seeing people who I called political extremists, paint everything in political colours.

If a car crashes, it's the JLP's fault. If the sun is too hot, it's the PNP's fault. There are people out in this country, who I swear have nothing else to do except to try to put a political slant to everything. And if you dare take an opposing view, it must be because you are supporting the other party. It is so ridiculous.

Take this recent flooding that has severely damaged property amounting to what I believe to be billions of dollars over the past couple days. There are people out there saying it is the JLP's fault that the flooding occurred. So, the PNP can control the weather now? I had no idea.

They also say hundreds of millions of dollars spent recently clearing brush and drains was not spent on those things but ended up in people's pockets. Now, some of that might be true. I don't know. What I do know is that whether the drains were clear or not, flooding would still occur.

 

Destructive force

 

I am wondering if people really understand how much water fell on this island during a 12-hour period. On Tuesday morning, the road where I live looked like a river. You could barely see the road surface. People were driving slowly along the roadway with their hazard lights on.

Water was rushing through the gullies like a destructive force obliterating everything in its path.

The Rio Minho in Clarendon, where the river bed is usually dry and about 30 metres or so below the May Pen Bridge, following the rains, the water was just a few feet below the bridge.

Where politics comes in is in the failure over the years to make improvements to the country's infrastructure that could mitigate some of the damage caused by heavy rains, and that falls on both parties. With all the money they have borrowed, neither party thought it prudent to bring the country's infrastructure into the modern age.

But the political nutcases would have you believe that this is all one party's doing. If anything both have been responsible. But in the grand scheme of things, even if everything was in order, flooding would still have occurred because nature doesn't respect parties in politics. It has a mind of its own. Many of us should try to do the same.

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