Sun | Aug 9, 2020

Letter of the Day | Not even Manley can save this current PNP

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:23 AM


P.J. Patterson can’t help Dr Peter Phillips, nor the current People’s National Party (PNP), and Portia Simpson Miller clearly isn’t into saving Peter Phillips. Therefore, both Peters are now making a poor attempt to unite the PNP by having this fake outrage about Prime Minister Andrew Holness dissing Michael Manley.

The enthusiasm with PNP supporters is very low now, so they are trying to use the past to win a future election. Last year, the One PNP camp defeated Peter Bunting’s Rise United with the socialism card. But they can’t win a national election using that socialism card, because many Jamaicans aren’t into socialism. Even Michael Manley himself dropped the radical socialism he once supported.

Prime Minister Holness, out of respect for Michael Manley, never called his name in his speech about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I respected Michael Manley, but he was no god – he had his faults, and wasn’t perfect and beyond criticism.

Economically, he destroyed Jamaica; and socially, he did well. Manley was a great thinker and communicator, but he was no great conceptualiser and reformer. Some social reforms he brought about weren’t ideas he created by himself. If you look at Marcus Garvey the politician, he was always telling us Jamaicans about self-reliance and independence. In the ‘70s, the popular thing worldwide was for women’s rights, education and equal pay for equal work, so any party in office then would have to implement a lot of social changes.


The only social policy I have an issue with the PNP administration and leftist regimes worldwide in the ‘70s was the destruction of the family by taking the men out of the homes. Many will blame the men for the destruction of the family and not governments trying to be daddies. Our education system favours the female to the male. The welfare system for single-parent households does not encourage nuclear family. I would like to see the single-parent rate pre- and post-Michael Manley then compare it with our crime rate. Studies have shown that a father in the home mostly leads to our young boys not going into criminal activities.

I will say Michael Manley is the greatest party leader since Independence, but, along with P.J. Patterson, could be argued to be the worst prime minister ever. Edward Seaga is the greatest prime minister since Independence, but he and Dr Peter Phillips could be said to be the worst party leaders ever.

Andrew Holness is a mixture of Edward Seaga, Michael Manley, P.J. Patterson and a bit of Bruce Golding; so, basically, he is unstoppable right now. Not even the resurrection of Michael Manley can save Peter Phillips and the current PNP.