Don’t become female version of Seaga CHANGE FROM PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERS
As things got worse in Jamaica, I have always hoped that the man on the street would rise up and say, ‘Enough is enough!’
If there is to be a change, it must come from private-sector leaders. I cannot imagine that they view the opposition leader any different than the way I view her. I cannot imagine they think the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is any better at fighting corruption and ending association with criminal elements.
I urge the members of the private sector, to see the need for a new political party in Jamaica. A political party with people who are genuinely seeking the betterment of Jamaica. A party that would restore hope to the people, that will deliver economic reforms and prosperity and bring back security to all people of the country.
Private-sector leaders know better, they know the failures of the political parties. They have the power to end funding to the PNP and the JLP and initiate a new political movement. At the very least, they should be openly condemning our politicians of today and be doing more to change the system that is massacring any chances for a future for the people of Jamaica. S.G. Kingston THE EDITOR, Sir: A LOT of people want to blame Portia Simpson Miller for the People’s National Party’s (PNP) defeat in the local government elections, but the truth is that she is a very hard-working woman and she was sabotaged by her own egotistical party members fighting for the top brass.
Everyone wants to be party leader and wants to push her aside, so they all do things to sabotage her. This schism has affected the party. She is a strong leader and has never lost embarrassingly.
The party isn’t united, but she isn’t the problem. A lot of members are egocentric and deceptive.
If Simpson Miller steps down as party leader, it won’t be a walk in the park for her successor. A lot of work has to be done, and some members need to go. I do think Raymond Pryce, Damion Crawford and other young members are the ingredients right now for the renewal of the party.
Also, a lot of MPs and councillors are to blame. Some of them have been dormant underperformers and remain out of touch with their divisions and constituencies. People are fed up of them and want change. Some constituents have never even seen their MPs or councillors in their communities or constituencies, only appear during election season, which decreases votes.
The $600-million bush-clearing money played a vital role in the election result. All Jamaicans knew this, especially the ombudsman and contractor general, but everyone kept quiet because, to me, they are all on the Jamaica Labour Party’s bandwagon.
Let’s face the truth. Since February 26 till now, the cost of living has gone up, and people are in need, so they are not refusing money.
The PNP needs to find ways to attract more young people to the party. I would suggest to Mrs Simpson Miller to step down as party leader, because since your own party is sabotaging you and wants you to fail in order to quicken your departure, it makes no sense becoming the female version of Edward Seaga. KEVIN HORACE firstname.lastname@example.org