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Phillips gets support on 'Jamaica first' ideas

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 5:21 PM
Dr Peter Phillips (centre), president of the People's National Party, is flanked by former party presidents PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller on Sunday, during the PNP's 79th annual conference at the National Arena.

The Opposition leader is getting support on his thrust to reposition government policies so that Jamaica and Jamaicans get priority, especially where awarding contracts for goods and services are concerned.

Political Commentator, Kevin O'Brien Chang, says Dr Peter Phillips needed to have addressed the issue given the controversy surrounding Jamaican contractors being sidelined in favour of foreign contractors on local projects.

Chang says there is definitely a fear in Jamaica that the Chinese are taking over aspects of the economy.


Overall, Chang says the opposition leader's address was good as he asked several pertinent questions on topical issues, as well as putting forward a number of new policies that he would pursue should he form the next government.

On the issue of changing the electoral laws to prescribe a specified period for the holding of by-elections, Chang says he's in total agreement.

He says the holding of a by-election should not be at the behest of a prime minister.


Political commentator Kevin O'Brien Chang