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Grow up or go, Portia

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 12:11 AM


I must admit that when I heard the leader of the People's National Party (PNP) 'tracing' on stage, I really did think that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had digitally manipulated a similar scene with her when she boldly declared that she "no 'fraid a no bwoy, no gyal". Imagine my shock when I found out that her 'mad spirit' had taken control of her again!

Of course, Mrs Simpson Miller may very well have been talking (if that can be called talking, even though it was more like shouting out her lungs) metaphorically. However, even so, such a display from the leader of a major political party and the country's former prime minister is most unbecoming.

Why is it that Mrs Simpson Miller must act like an old 'teg-a-reg' when she is upset?

As usual, some senior PNP officials will rush to defend her behaviour. We already have the party's general secretary defending the indefensible. Another senior member the PNP once called some of our schoolchildren "leggo-beasts". I wonder how he would honestly describe Mrs Simpson Miller's tirade on that platform? Indeed, I wonder of any if the PNP's bigwigs will have the balls to tell Mrs Simpson Miller that we can do without that sort of barking on stage?

Many of us have become completely turned off from politics. That kind of war-like display from the leader of the Opposition has certainly done nothing to change our minds about the sad state of Jamaica's politics. Portia has only strengthened the convictions of people like me that these politicians are really a bunch of good-for-nothings!

Mrs Simpson Miller could have made her point in a more polite way. The very poor example she set on that stage is really disturbing - sickening even. When is she going to grow up - or go?