Love you Mama P, but it’s time to go
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 email@example.com