Love you Mama P, but it’s time to go

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

Yet, all this need not mat­ter. For in the con­text of the low poll, where the voter turnout was four per cent fewer than for the 2012 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, nei­ther can the JLP claim to have crowned it­self in great glory. It didn’t have a run­away vic­tory. Rather, the elec­torate re­mained aloof from this as­pect of na­tional gov­er­nance.

On the con­text of the PNP re­build­ing, herein rests the out­line of a cred­i­ble nar­ra­tive upon which Mrs Simp­son Miller, 70, and clearly past the height of her charis­matic pow­ers, can depart with­out feel­ing that she is be­ing chucked out, the vic­tim of the move­ment that gained strong voice in the af­ter­math of the Fe­bru­ary na­tional elec­tion.

Hav­ing seen off Karl Blythe’s weak chal­lenge, and is per­haps still un­de­feat­able within the party, Mrs Simp­son may well be dis­in­clined to em­brace the nar­ra­tive. But then she could find her­self lead­ing only part thereof – a bedrag­gled gang, rather than a co­he­sive group. THE EDI­TOR, Sir: IT IS with a very heavy heart that I write this as I have been an avid sup­porter and ad­vo­cate of the leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Por­tia Simp­son Miller, but in re­cent months, that sup­port and ad­vo­cacy are fast de­clin­ing, though my re­spect for her has not changed, and the de­feats at the Fe­bru­ary 25 elec­tion and again on Mon­day have only in­creased the de­cline in my ad­vo­cacy. This is mainly due to the fact that my sup­port and ad­vo­cacy for the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) sur­passes that of Simp­son Miller.

The PNP has more than enough young, bright politi­cians who can give out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and ser­vice to the party, and by ex­ten­sion, the peo­ple of Ja­maica. It is my de­sire to see the likes of Paul Burke (though out­go­ing), Por­tia Simp­son Miller, Peter Phillips, Fen­ton Ferguson, among oth­ers, be re­placed in the run­ning of the PNP by the likes of Peter Bunt­ing, Ju­lian Robin­son, Lisa Hanna, Mark Gold­ing, among many oth­ers who are fully ca­pa­ble of tak­ing over.

At this point in the po­lit­i­cal his­tory of the PNP and Ja­maica, we need some­one who re­ally rep­re­sents the peo­ple in a very po­lit­i­cally cor­rect and diplo­matic man­ner, and sadly, that is not ev­i­dent in the be­hav­iour of cur­rent leader. This gen­er­a­tion of vot­ers de­sire more than vul­gar­ity or even pop­u­lar­ity; we want some­one with sub­stance and some­one of whom we can proudly say ‘that is my leader’. With this in mind, I call on the lead­er­ship of the PNP to care­fully ex­am­ine them­selves and make the best de­ci­sion for the PNP and Ja­maica at this time, and not try to make self the cen­tre of at­trac­tion. AN­DRE S. SIN­CLAIR an­dre.sin­clair79@ya­hoo.com

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