Bearing in mind Lloyd B Smith is out, Pryce is out, Atkinson is still pending, Hanna is holding on by a thread and now Crawford is out and social media is ablaze with all kinds of reactions that the administration and parliamentary opposition cannot ignore as was posited by the PNP party chairman sometime ago when he contemptuously described such persons as the articulate minority.
A kind of cannibalism is taking over as persons jostle for what is surmised as the post Simpson Miller era, while in that same St Elizabeth constituency where Buchanan is having issues Bruce Golding former PM was onstage on Saturday as well at a fund raiser and he used the 25 million pounds sterling prison deal with the UK to apply more pressure on the administration; it is going out badly for them as messaging is faulty and although we need new prisons but David Cameron essentially insulted us and he was effectively was allowed to set the agenda hence the full paged ads by government for damage control. The PNP may suffer greatly from this as Mrs Simpson Miller’s leadership once again is called into question. Golding used the platform as well to say he told Cameron that he as PM could not take that on at the time when it was first proposed and he questioned why this administration just easily caved in did.
Some redemption had come regarding the he said she said who said the UK delegation requested a media blockade of sorts as the already vilified Information minister Sandrea Falconer where she made a Facebook post claiming there was a request by them which was denied by the high commission only to be retracted and an apology issued. As the furore continues and demonstrations are held outside parliament etc the PNP has gone on the defensive; Minister of National Security Peter Bunting’s presentation yesterday in parliament has left more questions than answers such as:
Lengthy negotiations for prison assistance particular to only arrive at an MOU than a signed deal as declared via a press release on the UK govt site?
The thirty million pounds gift for hospital/medical facilities an improvement what else is that for? (as asked by opposition spokespersons Marlene Malaboo-Forte)
Is the PNP nervous since the unexpected backlash since the UK prime minister’s visit hence the national security minister defends his handling of the messaging and actual MOU or hidden deal
Has funding via grants or otherwise been issued or pending barring public announcements to LGBTQI advocacies and what discussions took place if any on law reform on buggery and futuristic marriage equality?
What caused the PNP youth arm to so vigorously oppose the proposed or perceived prison deal?
Why would a UK Prime Minister travel all the way to Jamaica just to sign a prison deal MOU given the UK media’s presentation that a deal has already been signed and not an MOU?
Are the grants or gifts from the UK prime minister are in lieu of reparations as determined by Cameron et al in the face of the effantry without an apology? Let us also remember the Church of England has apologised for said slavery?
Why the red carpet treatment of the visited princess and UK PM as a kind of mendicancy? See a previous post prior to the visit: HERE
Deal Or No Deal? - Prison Debate Leads To Opposition Walkout In Parliament
The opposition walk out yesterday as Bunting blasted Andrew Holness for demanding Jamaica not sign any such prison deal has not gone down well with even some JLP supporters as evidenced online, Bunting told Holness in no uncertain terms that he is not taking instructions from him as he is not prime minister in his short time prior and he answers to the Cabinet but it seems the goodly minister has forgotten as an elected official he answers finally to the people in whose parliament he is seconded to work. His rebuff has also seen heated reactions on larger Facebook groups that specialize in political discourse otherwise known as the articulate minority named so by the obnoxious PNP party chairman and Water minister Bobby Pickersgill.
also see his take on the prison deal from the Gleaner HERE
Those aside opposition senator Williams who was the centre of the Tufton/Williams vs JLP undated resignation letters for voting no for the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ debate in the upper house has spoken up to say that that ugly episode of internal JLP issues won’t have an impact on his vote. It seems to most that the PNP is using the CCJ vote and its timing for debate of the three bills to score points thus cultivating votes. The PNP needs at least one vote in the upper house/senate to make the legislation fly and the targeting of the two JLP outcasts as seen in the eyes of some analysts has been on for some time.
Letter Of The Day: Pro-CCJ Vote A No-Brainer
The timing of the accelerated conclusions and payments of retroactive monies due is also seen by some as bate for votes and it is coincidental that non medical staff at public health facilities that did not factor in the more visible negotiations are to receive payments. Nurses are also set to be in line shortly for their increases and retroactive payments despite the finance ministry and the apologists for the PNP slamming them and the police claiming government cannot afford such at this time as the IMF deal cannot be railroaded. Speaking of IMF deal Audley Shaw opposition spokesman on Finance spoke to the issue in an article in the Gleaner and he has made several suggestions hence at the last poverty to prosperity session aired on Nationwide radio live last week.
A recent discussion with a leading pollster suggests more and more Jamaicans are simply turned off by both political parties as non-performers and won’t deliver any serious policies for impactful development that can be felt on the ground. Truth be told I too feel sluggish with all the crap happening and in fighting both sides while third parties such as Betty Ann Blaine’s New Nation Coalition, NNC (a theocracy driven entity) or the former PM’s baby National Democratic Movement, NDM are just critics in the corner with no real prospects of gaining power let alone national interest in them. Where or where has the Workers’ Party of Jamaica, WPJ and as for independents such as Rass Asta-Black although he has been online via twitter and the talkshow circuit but his activism though noted has not garnered a groundswell support on election day where he has ran.
see from RJR:
"Both political parties are the same" say voters in RJR Group/Don Anderson poll
Buggery law reform has simply disappeared from the radar for now it seems even after the anti gay rally presented as concerns for family life but they have been swept aside as the raging debate on reparations and such rule. I have no doubt private meetings were afoot so we'll have to wait and see the outcomes eh. The press conference held some moments ago prior to the preparation of this post has not even helped in easing the rage and criticisms of the administration and the national security minister.
A petition has been making the rounds but will it affect or will people recall all this on election day?