Buy Them Out! Chuck Wants Poorer Jamaicans Removed From Lands With Rich Potential
Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 by Daraine Luton
The Simpson Miller Government is being urged to consider leading a process of renewal in Jamaica's inner cities by purchasing, on a large scale, property owned by poor people and selling them to developers to build housing solutions for middle-class and affluent people.
Delroy Chuck, the member of parliament for North East St Andrew said the State should lead the way in removing the less affluent persons, thus paving the way for development.
"It might not be a bad idea for the Government to declare certain depressed areas, especially in Kingston and St Andrew, to be development areas. Take a five acre, buy out ...view middle of the document...
Robinson said Vineyard Town and Woodford Park, for example, had seen their housing stock deteriorate because many residents cannot afford to maintain them. "They feel that the State must take them and support them from the cradle to the grave. It can't work," Chuck added.
What are some ethical concerns raised?
This article raises ethical concerns where we see that the actions being taken may affect a large portion of people in which may cause harm to the majority.
Two ethical concerns we’ve taken from the article includes:
1. Cost of this development- one would factor in at what lengths would the government go to buy the land? Where would this money come from? Since most of the government’s money comes from tax payers pockets is it ok for only a certain ‘class’ to reap the benefits of the development to come? Would they forcefully remove the individuals who are reluctant to the development?
2. Another ethical concern would be wellbeing of the citizens- for those who were bought out of their homes where would they go? This question was asked and chuck’s response was “we buy them out and they go elsewhere”. If it’s that the middle class and affluent people couldn’t find housing how would the ‘so call’ poorer Jamaicans find suitable housing?
Three stakeholders that would be affected take in
1. Investors - if they should develop these inner city areas and the people living there cannot maintain the housing facilities they stand to be at a loss.
2. Local community-Who they call the poorer Jamaicans they would be up rooted from their homes and put in search of finding new ones.
3. Government- they are the ones who would initiate the development of the inner city communities in turn gathering more revenues.