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VIDEO: Andrew no longer my son - Portia

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 2:27 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller surrounded by supporters and members of the media inside the St Andrew South West nomination centre yesterday.

President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller said yesterday that she was not a “an Anansi politician” and that unlike the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), her team would not offer empty promises to Jamaicans.

At the same time, Simpson Miller has cut off ‘familial’ ties with JLP Leader Andrew Holness.

There was a time when Simpson Miller called Holness her son.

“He is now a big man, but if he was my child, he would have been behaving differently,” Simpson Miller said yesterday.

“He is no longer my son. I still love him, but he is not my son.”

Simpson Miller made the stinging comments after being nominated to contest the South West St Andrew constituency against the JLP’s Victor Hyde in the February 25 general election.

The JLP has labelled Simpson Miller’s PNP the worst government since Independence, saying that it is wicked and uncaring.

However, Simpson Miller said that “if you follow the propaganda by the Opposition in Jamaica, you would believe that everything will just fall down and people must just fold up and die”.

“I believe in us, I believe we must work hard for progress so that we can take the Jamaican people along a pathway of progress and of development,” she said.

JLP RUNNING SCARED

The PNP president also poked fun at the JLP, which, she said, was running scared at this point.

“They were calling for us to call the election, and now that I call it, they are complaining. What is their problem? Is it because they can’t win why they have a problem?

“They have been saying we should call election; I listened. I called it. I give them what they want. Now what is it now they want from me? The only thing I am going to do now is give them a good whipping the night of the elections,” Simpson Miller said.

daraine.luton@gleanerjm.com