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Portia selfish; time to go!

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Politicians who came of age in the turbulent 1970s are a special kind of selfish.

Edward Seaga retired with little love from the people. Why? Because people knew his track record and how both major political parties managed to destroy the most promising country in the Caribbean, if not the world.

It's that same gratuitous selfishness which seems apparent in Portia Simpson Miller's decision to remain as leader of the People's National Party (PNP). Her insistence on staying is intimidating party insiders, and only a few have the courage to stand up to her.

As a person who loves Jamaica dearly, the PNP courts political extinction as long as she remains at the helm.

I'm going to free the party stalwarts and say for them what they are all thinking, but are afraid to say.

Sorry to be so harsh, but you see, I grew up in the '70s and had to leave Jamaica because of their behaviour, and I'm still, 30 years hence, tender about it as I languish unhappily in another man's country.

What is heartening is that there are many people who are willing to step up, take back our country and put it on the right track.

I'm tired of seeing another promising Jamaican-owned enterprise sold to foreigners. Are politicians getting rich off this divestment wave? We have to sweep people with this mindset out of office because that is all they have done for 40 years: sell us out - lock, stock and barrel.

Step down now, PSM, and people of your ilk, and make room for, and encourage, a younger, smarter more progressive crop of Jamaicans. This is not your personal fiefdom. Time to go!

PAUL HAYE

haye_p@yahoo.com