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Don't take Andrew seriously, says Portia

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday said that her opposite number, Andrew Holness, should not be taken seriously when he speaks, arguing that he is a part of an Opposition which will find it hard to give credit to the Government for the administration of the country's affairs.

"Don't take what he is saying now seriously. This Opposition has a way of ... there is nothing that the Government does, no matter how good it is, that will ever be good," Simpson Miller said yesterday.

Her comment came shortly after Holness told journalists outside of Gordon House that the Throne Speech, delivered by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, only painted a glossy picture, but offered no hope to Jamaicans.

"When you look deeper at this, you realise that there are several things absent. There is absolutely no mention of the big projects. What about Goat Island, what about logistics hub?" Holness questioned.

He said that the Throne Speech had no mention of growth, and argued that Jamaicans must "reconcile all that is being said here gloriously on paper, versus what is their experience in everyday life".

"If Jamaicans are honest with themselves, they can't say that their lives have changed meaningfully within the last three to four years," Holness said.