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#JaVotes2016: PJ says JLP suffering from political amnesia

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 2:16 PM
Patterson: They begged me not to come back to the engine room this time and they begged me not to come back on the road this time. But I stay home and I remember what my mother taught me (to) 'speak the truth and speak it ever, cost it what it will. Tonight I want to deliver the cargo of truth, the living truth.

Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator

PJ Patterson, a former prime minister and former president of the People's National Party has sought to explain to Comrades his reason for engaging in "foot work" in the current political campaign saying it is because the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is misleading the country that the PNP has wrecked the Jamaican economy.

"I man come out and I man deh bout and I man pon spot," Patterson said, in what was his first public address at a major mass rally since the elections was announced.

"They begged me not to come back to the engine room this time and they begged me not to come back on the road this time.  But I stay home and I remember what my mother taught me (to) 'speak the truth and speak it ever, cost it what it will.  Tonight I want to deliver the cargo of truth, the living truth," Patterson said.

"It look like some people in the JLP suffering from political amnesia and I need to remind them and I need to talk to you, lest we forget.  I hear dem talk about how dem manage di economy and we mash up di economy," he added.

Patterson said when the PNP took over management of the country from the JLP, the economy was in a dismal state, with a negative Net International Reserve, but that this had been remedied by his administration by 1993.

"I was able to tell di IMF man dem 'board di plane, leave, teck off, ba-bye and farewell," Patterson said.