Grow up or go, Por­tia

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: I MUST ad­mit that when I heard the leader of the Peo­ple’s National Party (PNP) ‘trac­ing’ on stage, I re­ally did think that the Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) had dig­i­tally ma­nip­u­lated a sim­i­lar scene with her when she boldly de­clared that she “no ‘fraid a no bwoy, no gyal”. Imag­ine my shock when I found out that her ‘mad spirit’ had taken con­trol of her again!

Of course, Mrs Simp­son Miller may very well have been talk­ing (if that can be called talk­ing, even though it was more like shout­ing out her lungs) metaphor­i­cally. How­ever, even so, such a dis­play from the leader of a ma­jor political party and the coun­try’s for­mer prime min­is­ter is most un­be­com­ing.

Why is it that Mrs Simp­son Miller must act like an old ‘tega-reg’ when she is up­set?

As usual, some se­nior PNP of­fi­cials will rush to de­fend her be­hav­iour. We al­ready have the party’s gen­eral sec­re­tary de­fend­ing the in­de­fen­si­ble. An­other se­nior mem­ber the PNP once called some of our schoolchil­dren “leggo-beasts”. I won­der how he would hon­estly de­scribe Mrs Simp­son Miller’s tirade on that plat­form? In­deed, I won­der if any of the PNP’s big­wigs will have the balls to tell Mrs Simp­son Miller that we can do with­out that sort of bark­ing on stage?

Many of us have be­come com­pletely turned off from pol­i­tics. That kind of war-like dis­play from the leader of the Op­po­si­tion has cer­tainly done noth­ing to change our minds about the sad state of Ja­maica’s pol­i­tics. Por­tia has only strength­ened the con­vic­tions of peo­ple like me that these politi­cians are re­ally a bunch of good­for-noth­ings!

Mrs Simp­son Miller could have made her point in a more po­lite way. The very poor ex­am­ple she set on that stage is re­ally dis­turb­ing – sick­en­ing even. When is she go­ing to grow up – or go? MICHAEL A. DINGWALL michael_a_d­ing­wall@hot Kingston


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