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Comrades upset over exclusion of 'youth' from Opposition Senate slate

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 3:49 AM

Sparks flew last night on the popular Facebook group page called 'Fair and Balanced Jamaica' after Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller named the eight Opposition Senators. 

'Fair and Balanced' is the home to thousands of comrades who are taken on by supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in robust exchanges.

But last night was different. Many comrades railed at the People’s National Party (PNP) president for 'excluding' youths from her senatorial line-up.

"Where is Raymond Pryce, where is Damion Crawford?" raged Arlene Perrier, an administrator on the more than 7,000-strong political site, immediately after the names of the Opposition Senators were released.

The post elicited scores of rapid responses, most of them angry commentaries against Simpson Miller who, in her capacity as Opposition Leader, selected the eight Opposition Senators.

"I am done, now you understand my frustration," ranted Perrier, in response to supporting posts.

"PNP President has decided that Lammy's (Lambert Brown) rantings are more valuable to Jamaica than the contributions of Pryce," said Simone Dunbar Mundy.

Brown, a radio commentator and trade unionist, has been returned as a member of the senate.

"I am finish with the PNP until Portia leave my party," another comrade declared. 

In another post, the question was asked which of four young comrades – Imani Duncan Damion Crawford, Arnaldo Brown and Raymond Pryce – people would name to the Senate.

The photos of all four were displayed on the site.

Duncan Pryce was a Senator in the last dispensation and Crawford, Brown and Pryce are all one-term MPs.

Crawford and Pryce were not allowed to represent the PNP in the St. Andrew East Rural and North East St. Elizabeth seats that they won in 2011. 

A Government Senator in the just ended political dispensation, Duncan Pryce replaced Crawford as the PNP’s standard bearer in St. Andrew East Rural but lost out to the Jamaica Labour Party’s Juliet Holness.

This means that she not only lost the seat in the February 25 polls, but she has also lost her place in the Senate. 

SEE THE FULL LIST OF OPPOSITION SENATORS:

Mark Golding (Leader of Opposition Business)
KD Knight
Floyd Morris
Angela Brown Burke
Wensworth Skeffery
Sophia Fraser Binns
Lambert Brown
Noel Sloley