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Letter of the Day: Why bother elect JLP to parrot PNP policies?

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am not sure if what I heard was correct and so I have revisited the tape recording of the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Sunday night mass rally in Richmond, St Mary, at least three times, and I am now convinced that the JLP is really not an alternative for Jamaica.

Andrew Holness gave the People's National Party (PNP) Party a ringing endorsement by saying that the private sector and civil-society groups need not to worry if the JLP were to form the next government, as it would still be following the current trajectory of the PNP government.

If this is the case, why would Jamaicans want to vote for the JLP, whose economic management was an abject failure?

Holness is basically saying that the JLP has no plans of its own, which is not surprising, but added to the fact that it has proven ineptitude, why then even bother to contest the election?

The Jamaican business community, civil society and even the simplest man in the street have all appealed to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her Government to stick to the programmes that have delivered the economic gains that the country has made since assuming office, and if the JLP's plan is to follow these ideas, why then bother to consider them for office?

If the JLP wasn't able to make any economic gains and the PNP surely has made numerous and significant such gains, it is clear that we don't need Andrew and his band that oppose every move that led to our economic successes, to now implement them.

Finally, I am happy that Mr Holness has now conceded that he wishes to follow the current trajectory that the PNP government is blazing.

Andrew, most Jamaicans knew this all along and so welcome you to the club of smart Jamaicans who realised the country was on the right track.

Thanks for endorsing the PNP government, Mr Holness; we definitely don't need a change now.

HAKKEEM HARPER

hakkeemharper21@outlook.com