Sat | Aug 19, 2017

Don't chase out Simpson Miller

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Misfits, mischief makers and fortune seekers should leave the People's National Party (PNP) by persuasion or force. This party was built on volunteerism and patriotism, and not for mercenaries or self-seeking individuals. It was built on the premise of nationhood, self-reliance, and political and economic independence.

I am rather disgusted at the way some members treat Portia Simpson Miller. When the PNP lost the 1980 general election in a landslide, Portia Simpson did not run away. She worked hard to restore the PNP to popularity and prominence. It was during this time that Michael Manley went on sabbatical leave, toured the United States, and gave his famous lectures for substantial fees. Portia Simpson stood by and for the PNP, organising and motivating them.

May we, as Jamaicans, learn to honour those who selflessly put Jamaica's interest before their own. May we stop the mudslinging and instead be grateful and thankful to those who serve us. Give the Portia Simpson Miller her due. Do not push her.

WHITLEY MCLEAN

whitleymclean@yahoo.com