Warmington and The Steady Decline of Jamaican Politics

On April 4, 2011 a by-election will be held in South West St Catherine. This has come about by the fact that Everald Warmington was a United States citizen when he contested the last election. During the last two year there have been numerous legal challenges due to the fact that a number of other politicians who participated in the election had similar status. Mr. Warmington sat in our parliament during this time knowing that based on the laws of the land, he was not eligible. Should he not refund the salary received?

When questioned as to the morality of this action the Prime Minister showed the traditional ‘Party before country’ mentality. Mr. Warmington went much further, exceeding his traditional crass and rude behaviour. The JLP party machine  guarantees that whomever they nominate to contest that seat will win, due to the fact that the PNP will not be contesting. If they still nominate him to contest this election it will be conclusive proof that they share Warmington’s contempt for the people of Jamaica. Time will tell.

The following is a collection of views expressed on the topic.

WOMEN’S DAY

by Michael Abrahams

On International Women’s Day
A politician did handle a woman a way

It did tek place near the beginning of the nightly 8 o’clock news
Me did tune in to hear wha a gwaan and to listen to people’s views
When over dual citizenship this minister give up him seat
And the male anchor ask if it was unethical fi tek so long fi dweet

But the word “unethical” upset the man and rub him bad the wrong way
And him mek up noise and cuss an’ ting and create the most ray ray
Then the female anchor ask what word she should use, in a gentle tone
But the man go bawl out “Go to Hell” and then hang up the phone

Me seh, me frighten when me hear the man go bawl out “Go to Hell”
What a bootu, what a cruff, what a big skettel
For me hear interview with bad man like Ninja and Kartel
But me never hear them raise them voice and diss woman and yell

If our leader them tan so vulgar, so nasty, crass and crude
Who are they to reprimand our youths when they are being rude?
And if them deal with our women in ways that are so misogynistic
Is expecting any better from our young men really being realistic?

On International Women’s Day
A politician did handle a woman a way

‘Go to hell’…Warmington

by Fae A. Ellington on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:16am

“Go to Hell”… Warmington

I hope all Jamaicans with any sense of decency, and women in particular especially those in South West St Catherine will boycott the April 4 by-election for that constituency. Anyone who participates in a process that returns Everald Warmington to Gordon House should consider him or herself complicit in an attempt to destroy anything that is left as decent in this country.

I watched and listened to Warmington being interviewed on TVJ’s 7pm newscast on Tuesday, March 8 and I heard the rudeness he dished out to Milton Walter and the citizens of this country. When asked by Mr. Walker to explain what took him so long to declare that he had breached the constitution by putting himself up for election knowing full well that he held dual citizenship and why would he not have had this irregularity corrected before now by resigning, his tone was abrasive, he was rude and he hung up twice on Milton. Below are excerpts from that interview. I have edited for flow. You may listen to the entire conversation on www.rjrnewsonline.com

Walker – “Were you a citizen of the United States”?

Warmington – “Yes I was at the time”

Walker – “And you don’t think there’s an issue with you sitting in parliament, seeing other cases (Walker was cut off).

Warmington – “Hold on, how many of us you expect to resign at one time? “Yuh realise the slim majority we have in the house of parliament…”

Walker – “You’d expect that persons listening in would view this as a very unethical move that you’re doing it to suit your particular political interest”.

Warmington – “Hold on, unethical, I resent that term unethical, what’s unethical?…”

Everald Warmington it seems that you squealed. You know di Jamaican saying, ‘fling stone ina hog sty di one weh get lick, a it squeal’. Well a him/you dat! You know it’s unethical.

PM condones vulgarity

I would like to remind Everald Warmington that he is a servant of the people and he is accountable to ALL Jamaicans, not only members of his constituency and the Jamaica Labour Party. I would like to remind Everald Warmington that when he is asked a question by any member of the media he is obliged to provide an answer because the question is asked on behalf of the people. But truth be told he gets away with this kind of behaviour because his leader the Prime Minister of this country has not seen it fit to discipline him.

Everald Warmington is not only rude but he is grossly disrespectful, vulgar and crass. He clearly has serious issues and is a loose canon. That the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister of this country, Bruce Golding does nothing to rein him in speaks volumes.

Abuse on International Women’s Day

This servant of the people took his rudeness to an even more despicable level while being interviewed by co-anchors Kerlyn Brown and Dwayne Berbick on the 8 o’clock news on CVM television also on March 8, which is observed annually the world over, as International Women’s Day. This year marks the centenary. When Dwayne asked if he didn’t consider his actions unethical he clearly didn’t like the choice of word so Kerlyn Brown it was who asked what other word would he rather use, Warmington’s response, “Go to Hell” after which he hung up the phone. What a way to treat a woman and on International Woman’s Day!

But if you thought that was bad he went even further. During an off-air conversation with a senior member of the CVM newsroom staff (after what was heard by all). ‘Dis’ man said they were lucky he didn’t tell them what came to his mind. I cannot write that here but use your imagination about what is one of the most vulgar and demeaning things that vulgar Jamaicans tells someone to do with their mother; well he said Miss Brown should do that to her man.

Boot him from politics

Now I put it to you, why should Everald Warmington be returned to Gordon House! He owes every Jamaican an apology. He owes every woman in Jamaica a public apology. He owes CVM and TVJ an apology. He owes Kerlyn Brown an apology and he should be made to do it in person with cameras rolling. We should see to it that he has nothing further to do with politics in this country, EVER. He should be banned from walking past Gordon House. Disgrace!

But how can we expect better from Warmington. His regular tirades in Parliament go unchecked; no sanctions are ever brought against him. He even traces off the speaker of the house, Delroy Chuck, who is also a member of the same party. ‘I can’t recall’ seeing or hearing that the Prime Minister has ever upbraided him publicly.

Mercy

At the church at which I worship our pastor Rev. Astor Carlyle preached an authentic sermon on March 6 (his are always practical, powerful sermons). Over the past month he has been elucidating the Beatitudes. The sermon was on, “Blessed are the merciful”.  Reverend Carlyle reminded us, among other points, that to be merciful requires us “to treat people better than they deserve. Mercy leads you to care about people’s pain, even when those people cause you pain”. While I have always tried to be merciful and to show mercy, there are times when I have had to put distance between people who continually attempt to devalue me. I know God expects me to use my brain and common sense. It’s time for Jamaica to put distance between Everald Warmington and the rest of us. And during this time someone close to him should be merciful and direct him to help because he is clearly in pain. Otherwise he will go to hell.

My column is published every other week, so back with you on March 27, 2011 DV. Walk good! Fae Ellington is a broadcast journalist, lecturer in radio and a communication consultant. Your views and comments are welcome. Send them to fae@mail.infochan.com

Is this the beginning of the end?

My Facebook Conversation

Leahcim Semaj The behahiour of Warmington, Lightbourne and Golding?:

An old primary school teacher of mine would, if she were alive, say, “Dear God, we have certainly scraped the bottom”.


Derrick Gassy Wilks still waiting on the (r)evolution…

Leahcim Semaj Every day yu carry bucket go a well, one day the bottom muss drop out!

Christine Amor We been scraping the bottom for a long time…

Terry Gordon It muss drop out Leahcim! One day, one day, it muss drop out!!

Pauline Ameir It is right across the board, now in JA, the scum of the bottom of the barrel, the “stench” is very high!

Colette Garrick Stink!!!!!!!! Oh for a few good men and women.

Marguerite Orane I used to think that education, crime and politics were the most critical issues to address in Jamaica. Now I am convinced – NOTHING will happen until we fix the politics – total overhaul …. no more greenorange

Terry Gordon Totally agree with u Marguerite…

Leahcim Semaj Is War-mington the bottom of the barel? Or is there more BELOW him? What message is the JLP sending when they nominate him to represent then AGAIN? What does the silence of the Jamaican people say about us?

Pauline Ameir ‎@ Leachim, whole heap more, “nuh betta herring, nuh betta barrel”

Totlyn OliverAnother Jamaican saying applies When dishrag tun tableclaut is a disgrace to de table! Silence from Jamaican people? Read numbness- beaten into submission by crimes against Jamaican humanity- high inflation-overtaxation- overpopulated communities and public schools- eroding lifestyles due to negative economic growth- Jamaican people are NUMB!!!

Marguerite Orane The greenorange machine will continue to produce to the standards expected and accepted …. it is a well-oiled machine that is guaranteed to produce the same thing – only different colours

Terry Gordon A real “dishrag” dem here Totlyn! When will z Numbness stop??? Who is willing 2 act??? Mi ready, really ready…..

Colette Garrick Jamaicans too complacent, too “happy”. The same Jamaicans if they were living abroad would be leading the march. It seems the dutty nuh tuff enough a yard.

Totlyn Oliver What galvanised the Libyans was one voiceness through religion and utter annoyance and fed-upness wid govvament! What will be the glue to mobilise us? Upset alone cyaant dweet. Mus be somethingelse where we sing de same chune.. ….in de rig…See More

Totlyn Oliver And de Egyptians too!

Diane Myles Martin Our politicians have perfected the ‘divide and rule’ principle. Ms Lightbourne despises KD, but that’s not enough, she needs the rest of the ‘tribe’ to hate him too, so she brings up the ‘Labourites fi dead’ comment. So the issue moves from the weakness of her testimony back to the tribal hatred. In case we missed the point, Senator Nelson, who is in charge of our security, led the charge for a sectarian fight… The other article that caught my attention was the one on Freeness in the garrisons. In a functioning society, citizens expect to pay for what they use. In ours, the politically aligned expect certain privileges; we will deliver the votes if you get the rest of the country to pay our way. So what revolution? Our leaders milk the system, to the point where they feel no obligation to respect the citizens they lead. Garrison dwellers are supported by the system, since paying customers cover their bills. So who is left? The squeezed middle who are left fighting to earn a living every day?

Leahcim Semaj We are getting closer to the edge.

Leahcim Semaj‎”Mr Warmington indicated that his responses to recent media interviews were borne out of exasperation, especially in light of his principled position on the dual citizenship matter,” Henry said. – WHAT PRINCIPLE? The media should behave as if he does not exist (does he?). The voters should teach him a lesson.

Joan Lambert The voters in this situation are the ones who can remind Mr.Warmington that a bull is only as heavy as its four quarters.I hope they will.

Van Clar I doubt they will, but it would be wonderful if all the PNP supporters as well as those who don’t normally vote to cast ballots for the candidate from the Marcus Garvey Movement

Herwin Auld I am convinced that Warmington is suffering from serious personality or bi-polar disorder. Whichever way, this man is not well and he needs to see a psychiatrist as soon as last year. The scary thing is this sick puppy is part of the decision making of our country. How could we have some one who lacks common self respect be a part of the core management leading our country? This man is crazy and below at the asylum. Moreover, he is from the vulgar end of the social spectrum and need to be taught common table manners.

Leahcim Semaj ‎”But this has not been Mr Warmington’s first act of crassness which has embarrassed his party and the Government and left a bitter taste in the mouths of the public”. But will the voters teach him a lesson? Or will they reward his contemptuous behaviour?

Contempt for the law and Mr Warmington’s boorishness – Editorial – JamaicaObserver.com

Herwin Auld If you open the psychiatric hand book and look up the term “Bi-Polar Disorder” and you go the Satanic dictionary and look up the term “Inferiority Complex” you will see Warmington’s photo under both terms.

Diane Myles Martin Our politicians have perfected the ‘divide and rule’ principle. Ms Lightbourne despises KD, but that’s not enough, she needs the rest of the ‘tribe’ to hate him too, so she brings up the ‘Labourites fi dead’ comment. So the issue moves from the weakness of her testimony back to the tribal hatred. In case we missed the point, Senator Nelson, who is in charge of our security, led the charge for a sectarian fight…

The other article that caught my attention was the one on Freeness in the garrisons. In a functioning society, citizens expect to pay for what they use. In ours, the politically aligned expect certain privileges; we will deliver the votes if you get the rest of the country to pay our way. So what revolution? Our leaders milk the system, to the point where they feel no obligation to respect the citizens they lead. Garrison dwellers are supported by the system, since paying customers cover their bills. So who is left? The squeezed middle who are left fighting to earn a living every day?

Leahcim Semaj We are getting closer to the edge.

Marguerite Orane Closer to the edge – a good place to be getting to – the tipping point

Leahcim Semaj Yes. That’s when it tips.

Marguerite Orane And we CANNOT be afraid to go over – sorry, let me rephrase – despite being afraid, we must go over …

Carol Boeth ‎”It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” We  need to deprogram the citizens of Jamaica from this orange/green (saltfish) mentality.

Marguerite Orane Agree Carol – and we need to each look deeply within and see what our own programming is. I see so many so-called intelligent and educated people who are totally wrapped up in the greenorange programming – and are totally unaware! Can’t change if you are not aware.

Carol Boeth ‎@Marguerite that is the “DOWNFALL” of Jamaica. SAD! SAD!! SAD INDEED!

Totlyn Oliver FURTHER TO THIS DISCUSSION: THIS IS PROBABLY HOW THE REV WILL BEGIN:

WOMEN IN JAMAICA ADVERTISEMENT -THE GLEANER – MARCH 14, 2011

The BEST MOVE by any group in Jamaica at this time (International Women’s Day or not!) to rise up and take a definitive stand against the abject disrespect of any people or group in Jamaica especially by so-called leaders in our society.

Kudos to the women who signed their names to this open letter to the PM and copied to Mike Henry – JLP, Chairman. (page C11)

This is should have happened from the time one male broadcaster was equally rude to another female broadcaster resulting in her decision to resign from the leadership position she had at the station.

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2 Responses to Warmington and The Steady Decline of Jamaican Politics

  1. Tyrone says:

    Golding vacillates unnecessarily and we ought to keep him in check… This is another low risk opportunity for him to restore his credibility by nominating a candidate that doesn’t disregard due process, the constitution, the people, the media and women on International Women’s Day… Not even people of Warmington’s own ilk like him! The man is more dispensable than they think.

  2. Well Said Leachim, but as historians will attest most of the world’s great revolutions began in the middle class, those squeezed who are trying hard to make a living…..

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