Don’t be­come fe­male ver­sion of Seaga

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

the main rea­sons for the fail­ure of eco­nomic pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity in Ja­maica.

How can any de­cent Ja­maican sup­port Op­po­si­tion Leader Por­tia Simp­son Miller, a se­nior politi­cian mak­ing threats against her own sup­port­ers! A politi­cian who lacks any abil­ity to ex­press her­self in a co­her­ent and re­spectable way. I am ashamed of the fact that she was our prime min­is­ter and is our op­po­si­tion leader. It con­founds me that the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ wing of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) con­tin­ues to al­low a leader like that to drag their party into the muck and em­bar­rass their move­ment. She is a laugh­ing stock on YouTube.

She is a shame to Ja­maica and she should be re­moved as pres­i­dent of the PNP. She is a dis­grace to the party of a Nor­man Manley and a Michael Manley.

This is not only about Mrs Simp­son Miller. How­ever, she is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the prob­lem with the politics in Ja­maica. Our politi­cians are peo­ple of the past, not the fu­ture. Which sen­si­ble Ja­maican can make the ar­gu­ment that Paul Burke, Philip Paulwell and Peter Phillips are peo­ple who are of the fu­ture and ca­pa­ble of bring­ing Ja­maica for­ward? What are they still do­ing in politics if not for the love of power? What do they of­fer this coun­try? Noth­ing.

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 bush­clear­ing 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 slam­merjm@ya­hoo.com

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