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What does Portia have to show?

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Forty-three years of involvement in representational politics in South West St Andrew, 39 of which has been as member of parliament, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has the most underdeveloped constituency in Jamaica. The constituency has been marred by dilapidated infrastructure, closure of key industrial entities and factories, poor sanitation, overflowing of raw sewage, rampant electricity theft, squatting, under-performing schools and the constituency is also the headquarters of windshield-wiper nuisance.

For concern about being seen as a mere critic of Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, I deem it important to point out that my observations are being brought to the fore out of concern for the state of my country, as a whole, and the prevailing nonchalance and lack of accountability on the part of some parliamentarians.

South West St Andrew is the poster child of what representational politics and 43 years of representing should not be. The state of the constituency betrays an unmitigated disaster. It is evidently clear that Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has not made much contribution to her constituency since taking over. In her tenure as Prime Minister, she has not made much contribution. She has a poor leadership style.

How can Portia Simpson Miller lead Jamaica when she can't develop her own constituency? Where is the progress from Mrs Simpson Miller? Can Jamaica attain first-world status with Portia Simpson Miller at the helm? Portia Simpson Miller, what do you have to show? What are your achievements as councillor, member of parliament, PNP leader and now prime minister? Tell us!

Kimesha Brown