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Portia criticism smacks of classist sexism

Published:Wednesday | August 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The Jamaica Labour Party and its supporters have always sought to attack the character of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. When she doesn't talk, they say she is too quiet; and when she does, she demeans the office of a prime minister.

In the last two weeks, Mrs Simpson Miller has responded to Andrew Holness, her biggest critic, who she claimed has been rude and disrespectful to her. I am yet to see what she has done to demean the office of the prime minister. I am sure her critics will agree she never lobbied to prevent the extradition of any drug lords.

Another noticeable hypocrisy is that when Babsy, Audley, Andrew and others go on the political stage with bantering, it is not considered demeaning. It is only when Portia does it that these Portia critics seem to put on the white robe of Britain crowned within the Elizabethan era.

At the protest in Half-Way Tree, Andrew Holness was on the stage shouting, dancing and the crowd was responding in jubilation. So, when Andrew does it, it is OK, but when Portia does so, it's ghetto, buttu, and classless. I smell the ugly tail of sexism.

The time the JLP takes to attack Portia's character, it should start to advance reasonable and workable solutions to fix the economy.