Winning an election is one thing but for me being in power with a slim majority as total voter turn out was just at 50% the PNP may not have real support out there on anything they do and that disullusionment towards politics is still alive just judging by the cynicism towards the promised jobs through the JEEP, Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme which has been stalling since their taking over the reins of government and other economic issues becoming more pronounced and crime spiralling out of control many are wondering if they made a mistake by staying away from the polls and not re-electing the JLP. Let us not forget that the PNP does have the two thirds majority needed to change entrenched constitutional matters.
Check out the PNP's press release following the leadership debate in 2011: CLICK HERE the then general secretary Peter Phillips made it quite clear that the review was a proposal (not a promise):
" ........The Party Leader has proposed a review of the Act, and not a repeal of it. During the review, every Member of Parliament will be required to bring to bear on the discussions, the views and the opinion of his or her constituents. At the end of the review, if a vote is to be taken, the vote will be a conscience vote, which means each Member of Parliament will vote according to the directive of his/ her constituents......"
Let us also bear in mind that in 2009 Ms Portia Simpson Miller as opposition leader sided with then PM Golding on the no to gay marriage ploy, an invented sidebar during the Charter of Rights Bill debate in the lower house she said on October 20th 2009 - "Mr Speaker when we accepted the final report from the joint select committee that were looking at the bill we were completely satisfied with their recommendation of a provision to restrict marriage and like relationships to one man and one woman within Jamaica and that the provision should be specifically spelt out so that there could be no ambiguity ………. yes one man one woman (laughter in the house) and if you are Jamaican and go overseas the same applies ……….."
Has she evolved since?
Peace and tolerance
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