Keen battle expected today in Greater Portmore by-election

NICHOLSON ... I am encouraging them to empower themselves through education

AHEAD of today’s by-election to fill the vacancy left by the death of People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor Michael “Fisher” Edwards in the Greater Portmore North Division, candidates representing the two main political parties are expressing confidence regarding victory. ... Read More

Dr Peter Phillips raises the Bible while he takes the Oath of Office to confirm him as the fifth president of the People’s National Party at the National Arena yesterday. (Bryan Cummings) President Peter
Peter David Phillips reached out to the youth of Jamaica yesterday to join hands with the People&rs ... Read More

Former People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller (left) embraces Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna at the National Arena yesterday. (Bryan Cummings) Portia promises to continue helping the poor
Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in her final address as president of the People’s ... Read More

PHILLIPS ... takes over as fifth PNP President Peter Phillips becomes PNP President today
Peter David Phillips will become the fifth President of the People’s National Party by acclama ... Read More

Portia’s legacy: She did no harm

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Portia Simpson Miller

Dear Editor, It’s been said that comparisons are odious. But before the sun sets on the discourse about Portia Simpson Miller’s legacy may I offer a perspective which may be somewhat different from current chatter. If one were to judge her solely on the basis of what good she did during her 40-plus years, even her fiercest boosters would have to admit that her contribution — even such as stabilising the economy — pales alongside those of Michael Manley’s social po ... Read More

‘Wheel and come again’

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March 15, 2017    

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips making his budget debate presentation in Parliament yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The Opposition yesterday ripped into the revenue package announced last week by Finance Minister Audley Shaw, accusing the Government of burdening Jamaicans with taxes to satisfy partisan political interests, and calling for the measures to be withdrawn. “The Government should wheel and come again,” Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips said in his 2017/18 budget debate presentation in Gordon House. He warned that the brunt of the tax package will not be felt until 2018 ... Read More

Stifling budget debate deliberately?

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Gordon House in downtown Kingston, where the Jamaican Parliament meets. (File photo)

Dear Editor, Is the Government so unsure of its economic policies that it is prepared to stifle debate? The financial policy paper which contains details of the budget has still not been posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website. When I called last week to enquire, I was told that its posting on the website has yet to be approved. How can this be when it was tabled in Parliament, our so-called public oversight committee, on February 9, 2017? Is there something untoward going on here? ... Read More

My father is my strength, Connoly says of dad Kenneth Black

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

BLACK ... lauded by daughter Connoly for his support inside and outside of politics

The daughter of one of Jamaica’s most-talked-about individuals has singled out her father for being the guiding light in her quest to achieve political success. Connoly Black, offspring of Central Jamaica-based businessman and long-time People’s National Party activist Kenneth Black labelled her father, who is also known by the nicknames ‘Skeng Don’, and ‘Trainer’ as her “pillar of strength.” “I have got a lot of obvious questions about my ... Read More

PNP Comrades show support for Phillips

BY JAVENE SKYERS Staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller (second right) leads members of the People’s National Party for the last time as president of the party during the march to Gordon House yesterday morning for the ceremonial opening of Parliament. With her in front are finance spokesman Peter Phillips (right) and MPs Lisa Hanna (left) and Natalie Neita Headley.

Several supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) have expressed that while they will miss the current leader Portia Simpson Miller when she demits office in April, they look forward to welcoming Dr Peter Phillips as the new head of the 79-year-old political party. “The PNP has always been a democratic party and we go through transition and I would tell anybody that Comrade Peter Phillips, I could equate him now to Norman Manley where unanimously, from all areas of the party h ... Read More


BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

PHILLIPS ... the party is not
the personal property of mine
(Photo: Naphtali Junior)

President-designate of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips has dismissed arguments that he struck a deal with outgoing party President Portia Simpson Miller in order to have a smooth passing of the leadership baton. Word made the rounds last week that there was an agreement between Simpson Miller and her team, and Phillips and his, as a sort of trade-off in the succession relay. Highly placed sources inside and outside of the PNP had suggested that among the th ... Read More

Acting President Black wants to rebrand, revamp PNPYO

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobser er.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

BLACK ... we need to reestablish ourselves as a voice (Kenyon Hemans)

The fourth woman to lead the Opposition People’s National Party’s Youth Organisation, Connoly Black wants to rebrand and revamp the movement, even as she has, realistically, only five months to do so. Black, who is serving as Acting President of the PNPYO until July when the Annual Congress will be held and new officers elected, is willing to work with the resources at her disposal to effect the relevant changes, although she is not sure if she will be in a position to sail the poli ... Read More

Portia expected to announce exit route today

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 05, 2017    

PHILLIPS ... warming up to take the baton from Simpson Miller

President of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller is expected to announce a timetable for her departure as head of the 79-year-old political party today. The meeting of the party’s powerful National Executive Council (NEC), the second- highest decision-making group within the PNP, is likely to hear Simpson Miller address members during its regular meeting to be held at the Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester. “The party leader ... Read More

PNP set to implode

Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Simpson Miller and Phillips share a happy moment at the PNP’s Annual Conference last year.

Some officials of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are fuming over the refusal of its leader, Portia Simpson Miller, to vacate the office of president, thereby paving the way for the election of a new head, who would likely be veteran parliamentarian Dr Peter Phillips. Simpson Miller was quoted in media interviews on Thursday as saying that she will speak in the 2017-2018 Budget Debate in her capacity of Opposition Leader, on March 16, a revelation that shocked members of the ... Read More



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