Letter of the Day | Simpson Miller, Bunting and PNP renewal
THE EDITOR, Sir:
President of the People's National Party (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller, has again offered herself to serve another term and has been formally nominated for the position, while Dr Karl Blythe has come out of retirement and has also been nominated for the cardinal party position, stating that if he is successfully elected he will serve for a period of one year and hand over to that new incoming PNP president. Many members within the party and across Jamaica had expected that Simpson Miller would have taken the position not to again offer herself for the position and would have allowed a special delegates elections to have been held to officially elect the party's next president.
Simpson Miller has now lost two general elections; dismally failed to perform in many areas as prime minister and concomitantly has very little to tangibly show in significant achievements as prime minister. During her tenure she hid from the Jamaican people, including the media. The fact is that the government which she led passed all the IMF stipulated tests. However, no other progress was made by her and her government over the four years of governmental tenure. The poverty, cost of living and unemployment rates all escalated over the period when Simpson Miller served as PM and by and large that PNP administration was an outright monumental failure, to put it bluntly.
Simpson Miller needs to understand the inherent importance of stepping down as party president, and as a concerned Jamaican interested in having in place an effective, efficient, visionary and pragmatic-thinking opposition party and credible, accountable and transparent government in waiting with a newly elected PNP president, I believe former general secretary and national security minister Peter Bunting is the best suitable, qualified and appropriate PNP member to be elected and appointed the party's new president. Peter Phillips does not have the requisite political party energy, capacity and capability to fully transform and renew the party going forward after Simpson Miller.
It will be interesting to see who will be elected to the party's four presidential positions at the upcoming party national conference in September. Lisa Hanna, Fenton Ferguson, Noel Arscott, Dr Wykeham McNeill and Angela Brown Burke have been nominated for the four serving elected vice-presidential positions.
Peter Bunting's decision not to challenge Simpson Miller is an excellent political decision and will allow him more time to gain traction with delegates throughout the country and put into place a well-oiled party machinery required to work with party delegates and group leaders, ultimately gaining their faith, trust, confidence and respect, so that when the delegates elections are held to select the party president he will overwhelmingly be voted into the party presidential position. Bunting has vast political party and governmental experience, a track record and political capital necessary to comprehensively unite the party and successfully enter the next national election going up against the irrepressible Andrew Holness. I agree with Dr Blythe, who stated in a CVM television interview that young party persons such as Kern Spencer, Raymond Pryce, Damion Crawford, Basil Waite, among others, need to be urgently brought back into the PNP and be appointed into senior party positions to assist in the party renewal process. So true. "Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith." Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America