'Gordon House or Big Yard?'
THE prime minister's response to the Opposition's questions about the cost and benefits of overseas trips and the subsequent uproar in Gordon House Tuesday have been largely greeted with criticisms by Jamaica Observer online readers. Here are some edited comments:
Good job, Mr Holness. The Opposition must stand their ground and demand that this Government be accountable to the people.
@Lawnotashackle: Andrew is a petty little fellow and he think this kind of pettiness can win election. He needs to wheel and come again.
Gordon House or Big Yard? Smh.
@Richie Lindo: I swear. The only difference is one group wears expensive suits.
Portia and her PNP members... behave like schoolchildren.
@Mars: I can't agree with you enough. They need to find somewhere and park.
@Mars: Every word you write, my friend, is fact. Many Jamaicans are afraid to protest in order to get this arrogant Government out of power.
Let's put it all in perspective; what is the salary of the average Jamaican private sector CEO, bank manager? How do these figures compare to the Ethiopia trip? Do we want a national referendum on which trips PM's should take? JLP & PNP?
KGN 13 YUTE
Kindergarten at recess. No one bold enough to video by phone and post them on YouTube. Let the world see them.
I am ashamed of our Government and politicians, and deeply worried for our nation's future. If this article is accurate, and I have no reason to believe it is not, it shows that Jamaica desperately needs to chart a new course by finding better leadership.
This is the type of Government and the type of representation the people of Jamaica want. ... 25 trips and the PM cannot give a straight [answer] on the economic benefit for most of the trips, generalised answers cannot be accepted.
The lady went to Africa on ancestral matters, it would seem, and the Opposition is questioning such a visit?
"The African blood runs deep in my veins." How trivial? You are going to spend taxpayers' money to see where your ancestor came from. Take a private trip like the rest of us, for goodness sake.
What a disgraceful display of poor behaviour. Yet the young children in schools are expected to be better behaved.
Gordon House should be renamed Dolly House. Holness is trying to raise the issue of accountability. The PNP members shouldn't be heckling him on his ethnic background...This is not what I expect from our leaders, it is childish, self-hating, self-defeating and racist.
... No wonder the country is in such a moral rot. These so-called elected leaders should be ashamed of themselves and both Norman and Michael Manley must be turning in their graves!
So the reason why this prime minister is touring Africa is because that is where her ancestors were born, and African blood runs deep in her veins. I suggest that she takes the whole country on a trip as we are all from there. I have said it already and I will say it again, this lady is out of touch.
And some of us wonder why the country is in such dire straits...
"Luther Buchanan said, "him doan deserve that yet". How tacky? This shows how our supposed leaders are lacking in class. Is it any wonder then that the young people behave the same way?
... That was just a crass exhibition of turf warfare.