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PNP looking more like the JLP these days

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The long established perception that the public has of the People's National Party (PNP) as being an organisation that can manage its internal affairs in a civilised and respectable manner has been seriously challenged in recent times. In fact, if one is not too careful, one would believe all of these squabbles are about the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

From Lisa Hanna's problems in St Ann, to Lloyd B. Smith's anger in St James, to Ian Hayle's fight for the regional chairmanship in Hanover to Raymond Pryce's struggles in St Elizabeth, the PNP is having a lot of serious rivalries to quiet down. The lawsuits, roadblocks, name-calling and insults are well-known characteristics of the JLP that seem to have found root in the PNP.

Interestingly, in all but one of the cases that I mentioned, all the others involve former JLP members. Also, notice that in the two cases that are beginning to settle down, in Hanover and St Elizabeth, those backing down are "original" PNP members, in three of the cases, it is the "turn back" JLP members who are determined to fight on - dragging the PNP into further disrepute.

One of the PNP's member of parliament said recently (in not so many words) that one of the reasons why the PNP is now facing so many problems is because the party is accepting too many former JLP members. Seeing that most of the party's squabbles involve former JLP members; it is not too difficult to disagree with that claim.

Maybe that member of parliament is right - the internal rivalries besetting the PNP is a good sign that the party is being labourised.

Michael A. Dingwall