Electronic International Media “Dangerous”
I never said that Mia Mottley is not intelligent and articulate, because in truth she is both.
But after 15 years of BLP government – much of it with Mia Mottley as Deputy Prime Minister – there is a hollowness though, when she now expresses an opinion about what should be done in or by government. One has to ask or at least think, “Well, Mia… if that’s your opinion on what should be done, why didn’t you do it when you were Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General or sometime during your majority government?”
Still, Mia is an impressive speaker who almost sounds reasonable until you step back and really listen to her ideas – not the flow of her words. Because although she is intelligent and articulate, there is that smug elitism, that “We know what’s good for you better than you know yourself” attitude that permeates her thinking.
And then there is that hollowness where her words and ideas are betrayed by her actions for over a decade when part of a majority government.
Consider this from Mia in the Jamaica Gleaner…
“…I came into the political arena at a time in our development when there was rampant cynicism and apathy as it relates to public service and politics. I, therefore, feel that you can only reverse people’s negative perception about access to justice through a culture of transparency and fairness you can only restore people’s faith in the political class by politicians being sincere and earning trust by speaking to issues and implementing them.”
Two concepts stand out…
1/ Mia sees the existence of a “political class” not only as the way things are – but also as the way that things should be. We at BFP deplore the existence of a “political class”, but as a child of the ruling elite, Mia seems to view her status as a natural inheritance.
In our opinion, politicians should be ordinary citizens who serve their country for a time, and who are term limited so they must return to their ordinary lives. Do that and you’ll stop half of the abuses for sure!
2/ Mia talks about a “culture of transparency” when she and her government were anything but transparent and accountable. (Hey Mia baby… we’re all still waiting for those audited GEMS Hotels statements! Or maybe the costings and sub-contractor list for the new jail a Dodds… you know – the one built by the corrupt American company VECO that paid bribes to politicians all over the world because, well, that’s how they operated.)
And speaking of transparency, Mia… do you have any offshore bank accounts or assets? Hmmmm? If it is transparency that you’re after, then a simple yes or no answer to that question would go a long way, baby!
Mia Wants That Pesky Uncontrollable News Media To Be Available For The Use Of The Political Elites!
To top it all off, Mia is still upset with the lack of government control over that pesky “international electronic media”. Gosh… I wonder who she means by that? Do you think she’s talking about CNN? Nonetheless, whoever she’s talking about – she is desperately frustrated at her inability to control what citizens hear and think about.
Here’s part of what Mia has to say…
“There are challenges, but the media have to be an active partner. We cannot fight chronic diseases if the average citizen does not realise that he/she has a disease or the consequences for public health and safety. The media must educate them in small repetitive doses, much in the same way that musicians do. On the other hand, the very thing that people find attractive in the daily doses of negative input from electronic international media can also be dangerous.
Very often some media practitioners are constrained by having to keep in line with the agenda of the bosses and the need to first respect the bottom line.
Recently in Barbados, there was a call for a journalistic body that is representative of journalistic issues. There needs to be a balance because you cannot conduct yourself so that you have no revenue. There needs to be more creativity in how revenue is raised and not be reckless in expenditure.
I recognise the media’s important role but, in the decades to come, many of the challenges are going to rely on citizen action and participation. In that scenario, the mechanism by which we mobilise that citizen action is through media.“
… from an interview of Mia Mottley at the Jamaica Gleaner (link here)
We’ve Got News For You Mia…
The citizens are mobilising themselves…
Interview of Mia Mottley at the Jamaica Gleaner (link here)