Why people don’t know how to listen?
January 30, 2008
Leo Osbourne, gen. sec. of PNP Youth Organization all puff up and bex up ’bout Brian Meeks’ recommendation. I didn’t read the entire thing — does anyone have a copy of the report to share? – but this is the para. quoted in the paper:
“The present bifurcation (division) of the PNPYO and Patriots needs to be rethought. Perhaps the party needs to abandon both and establish new-look youth organisations with fresh credentials and a clean break with the recent past.”
Here is what Osbourne say: “We deem that recommendation baseless … without merit.”
Um. Why is this being discussed in public in this way? Why are you so defensive and acting like a blathering ass? Why don’t you go and study the issue and see what is useful and what is not? What’s with the chest thumping? Why can’t Jamaican men in politics act dignified for once???
It seems to me that there is no inherent problem in retooling and reorganizing oneself from time to time. And mek Price gwaan. A di same idea fi di G2K whey dem did tek form di Patriots. No original thought here. But so what? If taking a page out of the JLP book ie. mobilizing those with intellectual capital, seems so anathema, consider this. I am sitting here blogging when I could be working for the party, for free (that’s my only partisan moment thus far!), and I do have a likkle bit of sense (although no regard for authority; ok, so that’s my problem). Osbourne’s bitching and moaning about lack of resources – yes, that’s reasonable. What’s not useful is continuing to scream and blame the PNP at this point and not having a strategy that is independent yet complementary to doing the organizing work. And that work began to pile up the day Golding swore into office. Organize the college students; duh? You should be embarassed that Meeks have to tell unnu dat.
But what are you here doing? Have you articulated a vision for youth organizing that addresses all that Meeks has said, and goes beyond it? Nope. What you are doing is having a meltdown in the media, rather than rolling up your sleeves, doing some research and coming up with some fresh, solid ideas. Seriously, by the time everybody reach the meeting this weekend, everybody done mek up dem mind fi dash weh Meeks (I am not a fan of his either…) and the idea, all based on rumor and su-su and not a single drop of focused self-study. How dem yah people so fu-fool sah? Lawks. What this is really about is jockeying for power; but you already knew that didn’t you? Osbourne and Price want to be the big men in charge of them own likkle kingdom an ting. How else does one move up in the ranks to eventually become party chair? Just wait an see…the higher monkey climb, the more dem expose.