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JLP finds PM's message wanting

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 9:11 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre) runs towards the stage at the People's National party 76th conference held at the national Arena in St Andrew on Sunday. - Photo by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has ripped into Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's address to delegates at the People's National Party's annual conference yesterday.

Yesterday, Simpson Miller who is also PNP president, celebrated what she claims was her Government's repositioning of the economy for growth.

She argued that investor confidence has been improving dramatically, attracting $54 billion in investments in the past two years, particularly in the tourism sector.

The PNP president also noted that the country's debt was declining along with unemployment which has dropped from over 16 per cent to 13.6 per cent.

She indicated that more than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created in the short-term in industries such as business processing and outsourcing.

However, in an immediate response the JLP said Simpson Miller’s presentation reflected a Party leader needing to 'whip up' her base but not a Prime Minister interested in the mandate of the people or the real issues affecting people.

According to JLP Deputy General Secretary Audley Gordon, Simpson Miller dodged the issues of crime, the cost of electricity and the spread of the chikungunya virus.

Gordon notes that the current rise in prices is fast eroding the purchasing power of the working class many of whom have seen all their regular bills fall into arrears.

He says the Prime Minister's presentation was disappointing in many ways and showed that the government is failing all of the people's tests.


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