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Does PNP endorse Vybz Vaz?

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Following Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament Dwayne Vaz's boorish comments in Mount Salem last Thursday night and the subsequent silence and inaction on the part of the People's National Party (PNP), mixed signals are being sent to anxious observers like me who are wondering where the PNP stands on the matter of political violence.

The PNP should tell the country whether or not it condones Mr Vaz's thuggish behaviour. It should also apologise to the people of Jamaica for having allowed such a vulgar and unbecoming display on its political platform by one of its members.

This generation may not have known Norman Manley, the founder of the PNP, but he was a decent, upstanding gentleman and he would have frowned upon such behaviour. Were he alive today, he would have hung his head in shame to see the worst of the PNP being exposed on a political platform for all to see.

It is my sincere hope that the public outrage at Mr Vaz's comments will force the PNP to demand better from those who represent it. Mr Vaz and the PNP should be ashamed of themselves. Such behaviour is simply unforgivable.