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Aubyn Hill: Don't backslide over poll results PM

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 3:06 PM
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International banker Aubyn Hill says Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller should repel any political pressure to backslide on current economic reforms in light of unimpressive national polls on the government’s performance.



Since last week, The Gleaner has been publishing the results of a Bill Johnson poll which show that Jamaicans are largely unimpressed by the performance of the governing People’s National Party.



According to the poll, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is getting more popular support, and Simpson Miller’s popularity has fallen to a 20-year-low.



Hill, who also heads the JLP’s economic council, is suggesting that Simpson Miller is coming under pressure from her party colleagues to make changes that could derail efforts to lower the country's debt and other reforms.



He told host of Power 106's Real Business, Ralston Hyman, that the Prime Minister must repel all attempts to have the current economic reforms reversed in order to appease political support.



And the international banker is stressing that the government's political fallout is linked to what he calls a failure to pursue economic growth.



Yesterday, political commentator, Dr Paul Ashley, said the poll results should force Simpson Miller to either fix her leadership style or resign.



Ashley says any Government formed by either political party, would be graded badly because of the reforms which had to be implemented under the programme with the IMF.



However, he says the Prime Minister who is supposed to be leading the reform process, seems to have disconnected herself from the people and promised gains seem more and more distant.



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