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Portia 'maths' it wrong ... blunders on age of independent Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2016 | 2:51 PM
Simpson Miller, while trumpeting the achievements of her Government, said that Jamaica gained independence 44 years ago - that's 10 years fewer than the actual age.

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller made a major faux pas while speaking at the launch of her party’s manifesto in Kingston on Tuesday.

Simpson Miller, while trumpeting the achievements of her Government, said that Jamaica gained independence 44 years ago - that's 10 years fewer than the actual age.

"After 44 years of independence, the economic plan of the PNP is designed to lift our nation and people from third world to first world status," she said.

Unmindful of her mistake, Simpson Miller in her presentation in the function, held at the Jamaica Pegasus, said it is not an impossible dream to move Jamaica to first world status.

Jamaica gained independence on August 6, 1962, nearly 54 years ago.

Simpson Miller continued: "The 21 main planks of our manifesto, 2016, represent the next phase of our national project of infrastructure and economic expansion and social renewal."

She said Jamaica’s economic turn-around is a result of deliberate policy action by her Government.