So since the last time in this series arson has factored in Raymond Pryce’s constituency office albeit he is not slated to return given his dubious resignation letter, the attorney General Atkinson has problems in his seat as delegates cry no for him to continue to represent them; then in St Thomas the Moore lawyer lady who won the right to represent the constituency on the next ballot for the PNP is told the decision by what is often described as democratic system at the local level is throw out and the central body of the PNP says the loser and present MP should stay and discussions of buggery law reform are nowhere in sight save and except for a certain Pryce person getting continued flack and character assassinations on social media with the battyman colloquial colorfully dotting the rhetoric.
Yesterday in Portland we saw PNP supporters calling for Daryl Vaz! Of all people, that must be a joke but I’ll watch that one for next time in this series.
Polls, polls and more poll results suggest all kinds of things dependent on where and when they were taken, one suggests a statistical dead heat post the Cameron prison deal or no deal fiasco and the public backlash coupled with the intervention of former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson in a lecture open letter but that while welcomed has triggered a take the beam of out of your eye first PJ regarding his tenure and the atrocities namely the seemingly less intellectual rigour by him on black consciousness despite his winning line “A black man time now” party leader Portia Simpson Miller is now seen as so needed to speak for herself and take charge. The headlines in the paper aren’t looking good either since Sunday as it has been bad news for the administration. When was the last time we saw such confluence of developments that aspire to do political damage to an incumbent? Under normal circumstances one would have seen Mrs Simpson Miller at what she does best on the campaign trail. Political hustings and on platforms, she would be blasting the opposition and declaring them unfit to be in office.
57% of those polled in September 27 by Bill Johnson say they are not interesting in seeing Mrs Simpson Miller and she should not be returned as Prime Minister. Then suppose it were done now post the Cameron et al matters, her reluctance to address the media and hands off approach is the chief reason for such feelings. Only 30% said the once popular PM should return, this seems unprecedented to me for a PNP administration. What is this doing to her as PM and her effectiveness and can she lead onwards comfortably? How will the machinery deal with the debates that are to come facing 57% not to return and 51% having an unfavourable view of her. The Don Anderson says it’s a dead heat at 30% with the opposition that is gaining especially with those poverty to prosperity townhnall meetings streamed online these days and live broadcast via radio.
The PNP is concentrating on how to save the Simpson Miller administration I feel this hour at their retreat from being a one term government it seems as the JLP suffered in 2011 as their arrogant campaign devoid of highlighting their achievements led to their surprise exit as two term runs were the norm. The PNP is a very resilient organization and is able to hunker down internally and come up with a comeback strategy the JLP does not have that level of discipline and tradition. The PNP has fallen down precipitously from 24% to 17% last year in popularity and gained a 9 point gain this year; when Anderson went back and in July another 4 points to pass the JLP, the JLP moved 1 point in December 2011 to July has jumped 5 more points in September 2015. This strangeness in the numbers suggest fence sitters are watching the opposition or going against the government even as the opposition is noted for self destruction, if they had settled a year and a half ago it would be a different story today in terms as gains. The question asked in the Bill Johnson poll to respondents on both leaders was What’s the first word you think of when you hear the name of Portia Simpson Miller/Andrew Holness?
It looks hard for Jamaicans to come up with anything significant that the two leaders have accomplished and that accounts for the responses.
The fracas at the Supreme Court yesterday between two lowly police officers guarding several murder accused and such at the dock with one officer injured has only brought back the magnifying glass on National Security Minister Bunting as he lays low since the Cameron prison deal or no deal fiasco and his push back in recent days.
With the twists and turns I am getting weary and I have not seen or heard any sound in my constituency from either the Councillor or the JLP member of parliament, I did not even see any party workers to get new enumerators coming by to convince persons to vote for either side and in a getting to know potential voters or new recruitment for the voter’s list. I am not even sure I am going to vote again, ugh even as I await my new national ID/voter card that I applied for on the last day of registration on September 30.