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Hypocrisy perfected PNP?

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 11:02 PM

Mr. Editor, Sir:

As someone who supported the People's National Party (PNP) from the days of Michael Manley, I must say that I am embarrassed by recent stupid actions of its leadership.

I saw for myself a press conference led by Julian Robinson, Dr. Peter Phillips and Dr. Wykeham McNeill complaining about allocations to MPs for their constituencies from the National Works Agency (NWA) and from one of the tourism agencies. I found it not only pathetic and puerile but further highlight the PNP as a party that no longer stands on a platform of ideas but rather a platform for pork-barrel politics.

Dr. Phillips in particular should have known better than to sit and grandstand about allocations knowing full well that nothing outrageous has in fact occurred. Julian Robinson unfortunately has taken on a disturbingly new persona and is quickly relegating himself to a core of politicians that Jamaicans have grown tired of. Shockingly, the TPDCO came out to say that all MPs, PNP and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), will have access to the same amount of funds under its latest support programme. This is probably a first in Jamaican politics where the winner takes all. The PNP perfected the winner takes all approach to the point where it became the norm and issues of this nature wouldn't even occupy a page in the national newspapers.

It is time for the PNP to reflect and understand why so many, including myself, just didn't bother to vote for them in the last general election. People are sick and tired of the hypocrisy and the same ole same ole politics. The party needs to refresh and refresh fast. Dr. McNeill and Dr. Phillips might very well reached the end of the line.

Wake up and smell the coffee PNP. Stop making a complete fool of yourselves.


Montego Bay, St. James