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PNP sore losers

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Dear Editor,

The by-election in St Mary South Eastern has not been so great for the People's National Party.

At the end of the by-election, the PNP deputy general secretary in an interview with Cliff Hughes articulated to the listeners that it was a “buy election”. This is because they lost. Where is the proof?

A few days later, the outspoken Damion Crawford — who I applaud for his honesty — made it clear that what took place in St Mary was not a “buy election”, but rather progressive campaigning; one which saw the Jamaica Labour Party spreading the message that connected with the people.

But general secretary of the PNP, Julian Robinson, then revealed on November 1, 2017 on Nationwide News that the party did not know Dr Shane Alexis was Canadian. Are you serious?! I'm pretty sure that Dr Alexis filled out a form which would have a specific area that would require you to outline your nationality. Every form in Jamaica has that section. The general secretary and the party must think we are not thinking people.

I have a few questions to put to them:

• Did Dr Alexis receive any sensitisation about the requirements in representing the people?

• How was he prepared, or was he just plucked and sent to St Mary?

• Was Dr Alexis asked about his nationality prior to Nomination Day?

• When was it found out he was not Jamaican and what was the plan of action determined?

This entire event has only highlighted how disingenuous and unforthcoming politicans are.

Dr Peter Phillips and his party ought to be ashamed of themselves. The PNP played a game and lost. Stop trying to find excuses.

Go do what Lisa Hanna has been saying and 'renew' yourselves.


Zukie Jarrett


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