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Warmington's politics of victimisation must not be condoned

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Dear Editor,

The People's National Party (PNP) says it is alarmed at utterances made at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) meeting in St Mary South Eastern by Member of Parliament and minister of state in the Office of the Prime Minister, Everald Warmington, who suggested to constituents that his Government will withhold benefits from the constituency if it elects the PNP's candidate.

Warmington implied that voters should choose the JLP candidate as a JLP Government is in office, and as such the constituency will be able to access more benefits than under an Opposition Member of Parliament.

The suggestion speaks to an old style of victimisation, depriving Jamaicans of their right to public benefits regardless of whom they choose to support.

While the PNP is not surprised by Warmington's declaration, the party says it is alarmed by the JLP MP's comfort with a politics of scarce benefits which Jamaica left behind years ago.

These utterances give deeper meaning to the corrupt $800 million spend on bushing before the local government election, as well as the current de-bushing programme in St Mary South Eastern, which has been undertaken without the knowledge of either the National Works Agency or the parish council. It also gives highlight to the other items being given throughout the constituency to coerce voters.

We have already raised the issue of the use of Tourism Enhancement Fund and the National Solid Waste Management Authority and we await the investigation by the Office of the Contractor General and the Office of the Political Ombudsman on the legitimacy of this programme.

Warmington's declaration further underscored the JLP's politics of victimatison that has separated many public servants from their jobs, under this Administration, through political witch-hunting.

Julian Robinson

General Secretary

People's National Party

jenjendor@hotmail.com

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