[OPINIONS]:::...Bruce's hard knock life

No. 68 Friday, March 19, 2010
It would appear that where ever the Golding-led administration turns there is trouble. The Prime Minister is being bombarded on all fronts be it the economy, debt, IMF, crime and violence, the Nurses Association, teachers, and the Christopher "Dudus" Coke extradition saga, which incidentally, took another twist two days ago.

    The administration is asked to answer questions relating the alleged hiring of an international law firm to handle the request for Coke's extradition to the US.
    The matter has gotten the attention of the Contractor General's Department and one Mr. Greg Christie, who has shown no favour to those who dare to step out of line as far as the granting of contracts goes.
    In a story carried by one of the nation's TV stations, opposition member Peter Phillips raised the matter during a sitting of the Senate on Wednesday.
    However, information minister in the office of the Prime Minister Daryl Vaz was adamant the government had not contracted the firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips to act on its behalf through the local firm Harold C.w. Brady and Company.
    Whether or not the charges are true, one thing is certain, that the Mr. Golding is taking a beating.
    The nurses are again restive and are threatening swift action if their money is not paid over to them. President of the Teachers Association has hinted at siding with the nurses and it would appear that the Coke's extradition case may be stretched out for all its worth.
    Meanwhile, the people of this country are hard hit by crime and violence as never experienced before as a result of the failure to clamp down on the lotto scam.
    How much more can this two and a half year-old government take is anyone's guess, but with the IMF deal fully to take effect, we can clearly see the tempests ahead for Mr. Golding and his administration.
    We believe that the Prime Minister, while trying to come a cross as being fearless against the might of the US must consider the plight of the electorate and the excruciating impact a tug-of-war between Jamaica and the Obama administration will have in the pockets of the less fortunate among us.

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