Shane Alexis hits the road
ANNOTTO BAY, St Mary:
Shane Alexis, the medical doctor who the People's National Party (PNP) is expecting to challenge pharmacist Dr Norman Dunn of the Jamaica Labour Party for the South East St Mary constituency, on Tuesday night made it clear that though new to representational politics, he would be no pushover.
The announcement by the PNP that the former president of the Medical Association of Jamaica would become its standard-bearer in the pending by-election caught most of Jamaica by surprise.
Since then, some have questioned his ability to cope with the rough and tumble of representative politics, but at a PNP rally in Annotto Bay, St Mary, on Tuesday, Alexis served notice that he was ready and raring to go.
"When I talk, I don't like to talk about myself, but it look like the next party want to draw mi out, so mi a go talk," declared Alexis.
"I don't have to pretend that I am young. I am 38 years old. You can look it up anywhere. Mi nuh dye mi hair and mi nuh wear tight clothes fi fun. Me a di real deal. Mi study a Cuba and mi come back a Jamaica in 2004. Yuh know when mi start serve the country? Two thousand and seven."
A career of service
He continued, "My career has been about service. When some man a mek money and deh a dem yaad Christmas Day and hurricane a blow, mi deh inna hospital a deliver baby and save people life."
Alexis went further: "And yuh see when dem call mi to serve the trade union - which was a founding principle of this party, that we must protect the rights of workers, all 14 parishes and led them into negotiations to have a better standard of living for themselves and their families - I did that. When hurricane mash up Haiti, on the second day, I was in Haiti working with the people there. I don't talk about what I am going to do, I can tell you what I have done. We don't need people to talk."
Having regaled the crowd with his accomplishments, Alexis then reminded his audience, in the battleground seat that for this mission, he needed people power, specifically their support, to cross the line.