Letters to the Editor

'Good body' not qualification to be PM

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Following Juliet Holness's pitch to the electorate with her husband's youth and physique, my gut tells me that Jamaica is not going to fall for age and body type this coming general election. The issues are more crucial than the prime minister's physical appearance. The current prime minister has made it all too clear that being 47 years old doesn't make a good prime minister. Promises and no policies is all we have since he took office.

• Crime is still high nationally despite multiple limited states of emergency.

• Prosperity hasn't reached the majority.

• Corruption is still a major issue.

• Education needs reform and we don't have an education minister.

• No more or better opportunities exist than before.

• No new policies to benefit average Jamaica.

• Health care needs major reform.

• Transparency came under threat with the 70-year hold on government information being made available to the public, which the Government had to quickly reverse.

The qualification for this job is not body image but high brain function.

Let us be reminded that Dr Peter Phillips, between 2012-2016, corrected 50 years of debt and spending indiscipline which brought our country to its knees. It took a great deal of planning, sacrifice, and diligence to get us out of the ditch. Everything that is good about our economy now is the work and legacy of Dr Phillips. He is recognised and respected locally and internationally because of what he has done.

Body image belongs in a pageant. The Office of Prime Minister is serious business. The next general election will be determined by substance, not youth or age.

Jamaicans are tired of mediocre politics.

Natalee Stack

nnstack@wesleyancollege.edu


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