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Lead from the front, PM

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: This is an open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

In the 2011 general election, I voted for you. I voted for the Jamaica Labour Party in 2007, but was very let down by Prime Minister Bruce Golding's handling of the Dudus-Manatt affair.

I voted for you because I still thought that deep down, despite your many faults, you wanted to do good for Jamaica and that you would have a better hand this time around in achieving success.

I have been let down, Madam Prime Minister, and so have many more who have given up on you. You clearly put the People's National Party before country and have left many of us to fend for ourselves. This is unacceptable.

Madam Prime Minister, why do you not hold your ministers accountable? Why do you not lead from the front? What do you have to lose?

You have allowed the clumsy and arrogant Dr Fenton Ferguson to stay as minister of health despite destroying all confidence in the Ministry of Health at a time of international public health crises and a tough Jamaican economy.

You have handed the Ministry of Agriculture to Mr Derrick Kellier, a man not known for visionary leadership. Worse yet, he still leads the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Is there no one else out there to fill this role? Why couldn't you think outside the box and do something big?