No cloth war this elec­tion – coun­cil­lor

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Ed­mond Camp­bell Se­nior Staff Reporter

WITH THE rapid erec­tion of orange and green flags across con­stituen­cies in the run-up to the Novem­ber 28 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tions, at least one coun­cil­lor in St Thomas says he has no plans to en­gage in a cloth war.

Coun­cil­lor Ro­han Bryan of the Mo­rant Bay divi­sion says per­sons putting up flags should re­spect the views of oth­ers who might not want their property or com­mu­nity dec­o­rated with the so-called party colours.

“I am not about to fight no cloth war. If them put it up and it is taken down, it means noth­ing to me. But mi nah guh tell my sup­port­ers to guh tear down any­body cloth. Mi nuh have nuh time fi dat,” the PNP coun­cil­lor said.

“Mi just want to live good with ev­ery­body. Mi just want my divi­sion to be on top. Mi just want to serve the peo­ple. Whether you green or orange, it nuh mat­ter to me,” he de­clared.

How­ever, Bryan sought to draw par­al­lels be­tween the on­set of Christ­mas and the putting up of pep­per lights with the run-up to elec­tions and the erec­tion of flags. “What is elec­tion with­out beau­ti­fy­ing the place with colours? I am not against green or orange or noth­ing like that,” he said, adding that if the erec­tion of flags leads to dis­quiet in a com­mu­nity, steps should be taken to re­move them.

In stark con­trast, Vic­tor Hutchin­son of the Port Mo­rant Divi­sion said he told the po­lice that he would not be en­cour­ag­ing his sup­port­ers to take down the flags they put up un­til the Ja­maica Labour Party re­moved the flags they erected first.

Hutchin­son in­di­cated that he had been ap­proached by the po­lice, who ad­vised him to re­move the orange flags in his divi­sion. “When my divi­sion puts up flag, it’s al­ways af­ter flag out there al­ready by the JLP. So if we are go­ing to take down flag, it a go mean say ei­ther the JLP or the PNP go out there one time and a tek down, or the po­lice go and tek down ev­ery­thing, or the JLP tek down first. But not over my dead body will the PNP tek down any first,” he in­sisted.

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