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Crawford defends 'shell dung' tweet

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Information Minister Sandrea Falconer has declared that those criticising Tourism State Minister Damion Crawford's recent "shell dung" Twitter comments, should "at least try to understand the language of the new generation".

Opposition Spokesman on Tourism Edmund Bartlett, through a release from the Jamaica Labour Party, had questioned the seriousness of Crawford's recent trip to London during the Olympics, especially after the young MP wrote on Twitter that he and others "a shell dung a club a London".

Meant nothing derogatory

The Jamaican slang phrase 'shell dung' can mean either to destroy or demolish something or 'take by storm'. Yesterday Crawford explained that he meant nothing derogatory.

"We were only saying Jamaica took over London, not only on the track but in all spheres, in business and in entertainment," said Crawford. He said the Opposition was also either misled due to a lack of research or was misleading because of a "lack of appreciation for the truth" because the 'shell dung' comment was not the only thing he tweeted.

"I also tweeted when I was about to speak at the CARIFORUM conference, however Mr Bartlett only chose to focus on the entertainment activities," he said.