Wed | Aug 21, 2019

JLP right to defend itself

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:19 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Since the alleged corruption at Petrojam and Caribbean Martime University surfaced, the People’s National Party (PNP) has been making heavy weather of it, even to the point of having demonstration in Kingston, and others planned for elsewhere.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has employed technology to defend itself, with electronic billboards highlighting all the PNP scandals. Genius, I might add. Since then, there are the customary hypocrites who has accused the party of tit-for-tat behaviour. That’s not only absurd, but deeply hypocritical.

Who remembered how the JLP, under Mr Seaga, was demonised by the PNP and the media to the point where he became unelectable? They took the comments of the great man out of context and twisted it to fit the narrative they wanted the Jamaican people to believe. The JLP did not defend itself at all, or when they did it was very wishy-washy. Who remembered when the PNP took power in 2011, how they took every opportunity to highlight the Dudus affair? Again the party did a horrible job of defending itself.

The PNP and its allies had the country to themselves and they exploited it. We now have a new breed of Labourites who will not sit idly.

The JLP is within its rights to defend itself, by whatever means it deems necessary. Gone are the days when PNP could say anything and get away with it. Those days are over.

T. LEWIS