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Former PM takes aim at JLP

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2011 | 12:00 AM
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Former PNP President P.J. Patterson (left) addressing his party's mass meeting in Naggo Head, St Catherine, on Thursday night.- Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
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Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

DECLARING THAT Thursday's general election is crucial for the future of the country, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has warned against giving the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) a second term.

Speaking at a People's National Party (PNP) mass meeting in Portmore, St Catherine, Thursday night, Patterson criticised the handling of the economy by the JLP and said the country must change course from the Labour Party.

Pointing for example at the Global Competitiveness Index which ranks Jamaica 142 out of one 142 countries in terms of its macroeconomy, Patterson said it contradicts the Government's claim that it has done a good job at managing the economy.

"They dare to say they have managed the economy when it is shrinking, when we are more indebted, more people are below the poverty line ...," Patterson said.

He then proceeded to lecture the receptive band of Comrades on the components of the macroeconomy and how it impacted their daily lives. Concluding his presentation, Mr Patterson declared that it was time for the JLP to go.

"We don't need in this country at this time, leaders who are delusional or who are trying to hoodwink the people, whether deliberately or unintentionally, and that is one of the reasons why I believe that 'Sister P' (Portia Simpson Miller) must return to the helm of leadership in this country," Patterson said.