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JLP: What of light bills, chik-V, Madam PM?

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM

In an immediate response to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's address to the People's National Party's 76th annual conference yesterday, the Opposition has declared there was "nothing" for Jamaica in her presentation.

In a release last night, Audley Gordon, a deputy general secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, argued that the issues explored were major economic matters that did not address things affecting the daily lives of the average Jamaican citizen.

"The prime minister's presentation reflected a party leader needing to 'whip up' her base but not a prime minister interested in the mandate of the people or the real issues affecting people," Gordon said. "She dodged the issues of crime, the cost of electricity and even the current health epidemic! How can you then say you passed the people's test?"

Gordon noted that the PNP president had promised lower electricity bills as a priority for the Government.

He said this promise was clearly broken, especially against the background of a 21 per cent residential-rate increase requested by the Jamaica Public Service Company and currently being contemplated by the Office of Utilities Regulation.