Jamaica: Sista P vs. Bruce Golding.
If you need a political diversion from the dog days of summer this labour day weekend, then I highly recommend the Jamaican election, Monday, September 3rd. Listen about it on the excellent (and quite populist) Power 106 FM or read about it in the Jamaica Gleaner.
The Jamaica Observer has an interesting spin: "The polls point to a closely fought general election and it is desirous that this does not lead to an explosion of violence." Duh!
The BBC has a nice, if detached, article. "Jamaica Set For Wide Open Poll".
The People's National Party has possibly the best election jingle ever on it's web site. I warn you, you'll be humming "PNP Wina gain" for days. "Full Speed Ahead" is also a cool slogan. So is having a leader known as "Sista P".
The Jamaica Labour Party offers websurfers the oportunity to download ringtones (they are really just MP3 files that you can also play on your computer). "We are the party to make it better". Canada's NDP could learn a thing or two from this partie's campaign.
Despite the Jamaican Observer's alarmist tone, consider the Jamaican election light entertainment, perfect for a long weekend full of Mooseheads and the occasional Red Stripe (the Hooray Beer) .