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No excuse for 'Hitler' comment

Thursday, May 23, 2019

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Dear Editor,

On Friday, May 16, Krystal Tomlinson was on Nationwide Radio explaining the context of her tweet. She said she was comparing the prime minister to the first chapter of Adolf Hitler, not his last chapter.

It seems as if the People's National Party (PNP) Youth Organisation president doesn't know her history. The first chapter of Adolf Hitler clearly showed he was a maniac. Before his Nazi party became relevant he was sent to prison for committing treason as he wanted to overthrow the Government in 1924. Hitler murdered a lot of his political foes before becoming chancellor in 1933 by default. His party came into power based on hating the Jews. Yet still she's comparing Andrew Holness to that first chapter of Adolf Hitler.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness bolstering the police force and army with more, and having limited states of emergency in the most murderous parishes in Jamaica make him now akin to Hitler?

Tomlinson should also know that in life no matter the good you do one bad act will mark you forever. We can point to Judas.

Also, in life, one good act can mark you forever, even if you've done a lot of bad. We can point to the thief who died on the cross beside Jesus.

Anyways, enough history lessons and lecturing.

I strongly believe the leadership of the PNP should distance itself from Krystal Tomlinson's statement. To me, it will show leadership, even if she doesn't apologise.

I remember Joan Gordon-Webley, in 2007, as a member of the Jamaica Labour Party, disrespected Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller by calling her a Jezebel. The party immediately distanced itself from those comments and apologised through General Secretary Karl Samuda. One The Gleaner headline on April 27, 2007 read: 'JLP distances itself from 'Jezebel' statement'.

The story said: “The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is distancing itself from the controversial 'Jezebel' statement by Joan Gordon-Webley, the party's parliamentary candidate for South East St Andrew.”

A follow-up story days later, on May 1,2007 ,read 'Jezebel'statement withdrawn'.

It read: “Opposition candidate Joan Gordon-Webley has relented under criticism and withdrawn her unflattering comparison of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to 'Jezebel', a biblical figure who surrounded herself with false prophets.”

She later apologised fully in 2015 before she joined the People's National Party.

Even Peter Bunting apologised for calling Labourites John crows. Look at this Jamaica Observer headline on July 14, 2015,'Bunting says sorry for 'John Crow' comment.

The story read: “Security Minister Peter Bunting has apologised for his weekend attack on the parliamentary Opposition, and appealed for closer cooperation in fighting crime.”

I am very confused by the PNP, as they bashed Holness for being too friendly with Israel and then a member is now calling Andrew Holness Adolf Hitler.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com


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