Do the right thing and apol­o­gise, Por­tia

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: IT IS al­ways im­por­tant for our political lead­ers to main­tain a proper, civil level of dis­course while speak­ing at political and busi­ness fo­rums, for the coun­try is ex­pect­ing noth­ing less. Robert Dal­ley’s let­ter to the editor in the Monday edi­tion of a news­pa­per pub­li­ca­tion fo­cus­ing on Por­tia Simp­son Miller’s un­ac­cept­able and threat­en­ing state­ments to some of her fel­low Com­rades while speak­ing at a PNP lo­cal gov­ern­ment cam­paign meet­ing in South East St Ann is spot on, and re­quires the pres­i­dent of the Peo­ple’s National Party, Por­tia Simp­son Miller, to do the ap­pro­pri­ate thing and is­sue a pub­lic apol­ogy.

It was dis­re­spect­ful for Mrs Simp­son Miller to have made those state­ments at a party meet­ing, threat­en­ing some of her com­rade mem­bers to come back to the con­stituency of South East St Ann and she will know who to bring, and fur­ther, that ‘nuh boy, nuh gal’ can­not trou­ble her and get away with it. What do those state­ments mean? This is a se­ri­ous is­sue which should be cleared up by her im­me­di­ately.

I whole­heart­edly join Mr Dal­ley, along with Daryl Vaz, in de­mand­ing that Mrs Simp­son Miller with­draws and apol­o­gises for her un­for­tu­nate pub­lic state­ments that can have neg­a­tive political reper­cus­sions in dif­fer­ent ways across the coun­try’s political land­scape and set­ting a poor ex­am­ple for young politi­cians in the coun­try. Some pub­lic com­men­ta­tors have also lam­basted her for sink­ing to such a low level while speak­ing on the cam­paign trail.

If some Com­rades in at­ten­dance were jeer­ing her, that is not a civil and in­tel­li­gent way to re­spond to them in pub­lic. Her state­ments against those dis­agree­ing Com­rades is way off the political line and shows up to a large ex­tent Simp­son Miller’s heated, un­con­trol­lable political tem­per and some amount of political im­ma­tu­rity on her part, very trou­bling for us cit­i­zens.

Apol­o­gise now, Mrs Simp­son Miller. That’s the ap­pro­pri­ate thing to do. RICHARD L. TOMLINSON, CPA, CA Mon­tego Bay dr­tom­lin­son22@out­

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