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I am the teacher, Portia declares ... marks JLP absent

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
PNP President Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller greets Comrades in Brown's Town, St Ann Sunday night.

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller has declared herself to be "the teacher" and has run the red ink through the books of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Simpson Miller at a PNP mass meeting in Brown's Town, St Ann Sunday night, noted that her opponents were in Spanish Town, St Catherine taking a roll call.

"Well, I am here and I am the teacher and I going to mark them absent," Simpson Miller said.

"I ask the question: how dem can roll call when dem can’t pass the test?"

Her reference to the roll call in Spanish Town came shortly after the JLP unveiled its campaign song in the Old Capital.

READ: Roll Call … JLP releases campaign song

The unveiling of the JLP's song came about the same time Neville 'Struggle' Martin of ‘My Father Born Yah’ fame sang to Comrades about the importance of passing the IMF tests.

"We have done the hard work, we have made every sacrifice, we have passed each and every test just ask Mr IMF," Martin sang.

Meanwhile, Simpson Miller said she does not think much of the JLP’s 'Roll Call'.

"I don't know whether they taking roll call or seeing some rolling calves," the PNP president said as she poked fun at the Opposition.

Simpson Miller has been telling Comrades to get ready for the sound of the trumpet and she brought the message to Brown's Town too.

Noting that at previous stops in Petersfield, Westmoreland and Annotto Bay, St Mary Comrades urged her to call the general election, Simpson Miller said she is first testing the pulse of the people.

"(I) told them I have to go around the country and check the starting blocks to see that everything is in place and that everything is going to be alright," she said.

"You are looking good in Brown's Town," she declared.

However, despite being told by the hundreds of party supporters that they are ready, Simpson Miller said that she still has more work to do.

"I want to make sure that we remind the Jamaican people about the mission of the People’s National Party. That mission is to improve the lives of Jamaicans," she said.

Simpson Miller said her government has not accomplished everything it wanted to, noting that the people have had to face some difficulties over the past four years but insisted her administration has been working to reform the economy.

"As a country we have had to travel difficult roads but we are now seeing some important positive results," she said.