PERSPECTIVE: Never Again Shall Jamaicans Be Taken For Granted … Be Disrespected … By Any Politician


Peter Phillips

Last weeks election in Jamaica W.I. results show the lowest voter turn out in recent electoral history, the JLP and by extension Jamaicans gave the PNP a great “backslide”. We were accustomed to referring to electoral victories as landslide or white out … in this case it is a “backslide” … in Perspective a not so close analysis is that the PNP last time in 2011 won 42 to 21 for the JLP. Total number of seats are 63 … so there cannot be a tie.

For the PNP to have lost 11 seats to new comers can only be described as a great backslide.

Another great backslide is the voter turnout of 47.9 percent moving down from 52+ percent in 2011 … if accurate, is cause for much concern … to say the least.

I want to thank the people of Jamaica … declared the Prime Minister-Elect.

Continuing the Prime Minister-elect Holness stated as he addressed thousands of his jubilant supporters at his party headquarters on Belmont Road, Kingston, Jamaica W.I. shortly after PM Portia Simpson Miller conceded defeat in a strange way … carefully avoiding to call the name of her opponent …

“We are not going to take it that we have been given a prize”

The Jamaican dollar was under so much pressure that it kept sliding with the corresponding decline in standards of living.

The crime wave was out of control and there was little or no growth of the NATIONAL ECONOMY.

Then there was tge disrespect by officials in the PNP to the point where PORTIA refused to debate the issues.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.

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