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Time to rise up and build - Patterson

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 12:45 AMGary Spaulding
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, president of the People’s National Party, is flanked by her predecessor, P.J. Patterson (left), and her finance minister, Dr Peter Phillips.
People's National Party supporters teeter dangerously on the step of a moving bus along Constant Spring Road in St Andrew yesterday.
A section of the large crowd inside the National Arena yesterday.
The large crowd outside the National Arena yesterday.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on the platform.
Education Health Minister Ronald Thwaites, the member of parliament for Central Kingston, did not make in to the platform yesterday, instead opting to sit among his constituents.
Legislators have decriminalised the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, but this weed vendor appears to have been carrying around a little more than that as he strolled around outside the National Arena.
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"THIS IS a time to heal," trumpeted former president of the People's National Party (PNP), P.J. Patterson, yesterday as he "prophesied" that the party will be moving like a tsunami in the days to come.

"Is there no balm in Gilead?" continued the former prime minister as he drew for scriptures, with obvious reference to the disturbances which have hit the party in recent months.

"Yes, there is a balm, and you, the delegates, will ensure that it (the PNP) is restored and those who are in the way get out of the way because the PNP is moving," he added.

The precursor to current PNP President Portia Simpson Miller's presentation, Patterson's rallying pronouncements elicited thunderous cheers from supporters at the party's public session.

Referring to Ecclesiastes chapter three, Patterson declared that it was "not a time to break down, but a time to rise up and build, a time to born but not a time to die".

In endorsing the leadership of Simpson Miller as another election draws near, Patterson cited the efforts of the Government to stabilise the economy and place Jamaica on the right path internationally.

"We cannot allow our living by our words to be undermined by any administration in years to come," asserted Patterson.

He asserted that this is no time to lose.

"Let us pledge to work harder in full harmony and remember when the trumpets sound and the gates open, it will be a time for the PNP to dance, he declared."

The election chorus hit a chord at the public session of the People's National Party (PNP) as senior functionaries rallied supporters to get into work mode.

 

no false start

 

Appeals for one more term, spewed in many shapes and forms in the cheering atmosphere of the National Arena.

In his report to the public session of the annual conference, Paul Burke promised that the PNP would not false start.

"We are not on the track as yet, until then, its preparation," said Burke.

PNP Vice-President Dr Fenton Ferguson has promised to discharge Opposition Spokesman on Health Marlene Malahoo Forte and Delano Seiveright, the man hoping to wrest the Eastern Portland from his grasp.

Although Ferguson was charged with speaking on behalf of the four vice -presidents at the public session, he sought to detain supporters with a presentation on the ailing health portfolio for which he has responsibility.

Ferguson charged that Malahoo Forte is being led astray by Seiveright, whom he labelled "Chatty Boo".

He said the injection of politics was bad medicine in a sector that requires unity of purpose.

President of the PNP Women's Movement, Jennifer Edwards, promised that a PNP administration would do right by women in their quest for equal treatment.

Granville Valentine, president of the PNP-affiliated National Workers Union (NWC), declared that under the PNP, workers approach the bargaining table with a sense of security.

As a representative of the youth corps of the PNP, member of parliament for North West St Ann Dr Dayton Campbell declared it was the PNP that gave him a tangible opportunity to make him into a medical doctor with a law degree.

gary.spaulding@gleanerjm.com