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Westmoreland win nothing for PNP to party about

Published:Saturday | December 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I write in response to Colonel Allan Douglas' letter to the editor, captioned 'Wake up, JLP!', published Thursday, December 4, 2014.

The retired colonel erred when he wrote: "The Central Westmoreland poll results now put the lie to the Bill Johnson polls conducted this year."

Securing a seat with 58 per cent of the votes is anything but a landslide victory, and certainly not in Central Westmoreland, which has been a People's National Party (PNP) stronghold for many years.

Faye Reid Jacobs, in the recent by-election, and Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, in the last general election, both sent a strong signal to the PNP when they received more than 40 per cent of the votes.

The Bill Johnson opinion polls were conducted on September 6-7 and 13-14 this year, with a sample size of 1,010 enumerated Jamaicans nationwide. Since September, nothing has changed for the better. Meanwhile, more questionable PNP Government transactions have come to light.

If the Bill Johnson polls were conducted today, the results would even be more favourable to the Jamaica Labour Party. It's time for the PNP to prepare itself for swapping seats with today's Opposition soon.