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Crawford, Seiveright battle it out on Twitter

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 10:39 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew Damion Crawford and former Generation 2000 (G2K) president Delano Seiveright  took to Twitter  to battle out their political differences.

The men included their many twitter followers in the feud which has been going on since last night.

Seiveright  accused the Government of misleading Jamaicans on the state of the economy and the money spent at the London Olympics stating that $140 million was spent on "partying".

According to Seiveright millions were spent on the Jamaica House at Olympic park in London, while there was no return on investments and very little promotion.

"What was the $140 million of poor people money spent on Mr Minister? To party and drink up?" Seiveright tweeted.

In his blog, Seiveright mentioned a Jamaican living in England who,  in a letter in the Jamaica Observer on August 16 asked, "What were the objectives of Jamaica House at O2 Arena".

The letter stated "that the Jamaica House O2 Arena "paid for by taxpayers’ dollars was a logistical nightmare, unclear on objectives, not engaging for attendees and devoid of information on Jamaica".

In this blog Seiveright said the Opposition Spokesperson on Tourism Edmund Bartlett said on August 19 that he will accept "nothing less than a clear-cut and accurate account of the marketing strategies and plans which were crafted prior to and will be instituted after London 2012" from Tourism Minister Wykenham McNeil.

Bartlett said that a solid marketing strategy through social media would have greatly benefitted Jamaica, instead on August 7, while in England, Crawford tweeted: "Me, gramps morgon, qq, gyptian, sheron burke a shell dung a club a london".

That tweet, Seiveright said, cast a strong public perception that the Government had one grand party in London. 

Yet Seiveright tweeted again that "Shelling is the sub issue, J$140 million spent on London 2012 promotion activities and there was little promotion!"

He said the current administration is being "let off the hook" and things will worsen.

"Bruce would have been crucified," he added. 

Crawford retorted by stating that his enjoyment was not at the expense of tax payers.

"Believe me Delano you are a big disappointment. To know the truth and continue to lie is a shame," Crawford tweeted.

"Delano is just a liar...now we know how he helped JLP lose the election..." Crawford said, to which Seiveright asked again, "what was the $140 plus million spent on?"

McNeil and Crawford, in a press conference yesterday, declared that the millions spent on London 2012 promotional activities was "money well spent", as Jamaica has already begun to reap the rewards.

The Ministers insisted that tourism, exports and investments will experience growth in the near future.

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