Wow! The strength of a woman!

Thursday, February 06, 2014    

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TODAY, we share some of the responses to yesterday's first instalment of Desmond Allen's interview marking Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's 40th anniversary of her entry into representational politics:


The malcontent within the Labour Party will be abated/cool, at some point. While we wait, must we suffer through an embrace of the current Prime Minister by both daily newspapers? Could the Daily Observer maintain the objective analysis of this country's management — by any Government — that it is known to steadily accomplish? Though disappointed by the Labour Party's internal leadership selection process, we mustn't abandon good judgement due to discord.


This is not about a political party or a Government!! This is about the accomplishment of an inspirational woman!! The pages of history have been written by ordinary people who had something extraordinary to do with their lives! Portia Simpson Miller's life, is the perfect example!!! A phenomenal and remarkable woman!! Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against the overwhelming odds."


Much respect to PM Portia Simpson. True warrior. Reminds me so much of Nanny. Jamaica is better because of you. Thanks Observer for this info. I have gained more respect for our PM because of this article.


She has personally grown but what has Jamaica got to show from this, her phenomenality?


I always say she reminds me of Nanny. Some people are destined to be great. History will tell! They said Bolt was too tall for sprinting, he proved them wrong. Who God bless no man curse!


Greetings, Desmond. Very interesting feature on the Most Honourable Prime Minister. Am looking forward to reading the entire volume of works. Your style of writing this feature is also very interesting and engaging. Am sure you will do extremely well in your new post — Special Assignment which I think will give you the opportunity to publish stories/features that are truly in-depth and we both know that those are sadly lacking. However am concerned about the Observer's editorial today which states loosely in my opinion that "... and in which she defeated three outstanding men, all of whom had doctorates". I could be wrong but I do not recall (maybe an unfortunate turn of phrase!) Karl Blythe having a doctorate but rather a medical degree.


The overwhelming choice of the hungry masses. Good god almighty!


After reading this article by Desmond Allen I am thinking that he must have done a lot of work with some famous authors. I can see a mixture of Harold Robins, Barbara Cartland, Sidney Sheldon and Danielle Steel here. To be able to combine adventure, romance and suspense in a political genre is surely a work of art. I am looking forward to reading the rest of your novel soon.


Wow, the strength of this woman!


Mr Allen, if you know any of the theories of attitude change (or if you Google "attitude change theories" and read upon some of these), you will find that attitude change is a hell of a ting! Once people mek up dem mind bout certain things, yuh couda preach like Paul, it nuh mek nuh difference! It takes more than platitudes to effect attitude change. Something compelling has to happen with regard to the issue (thing around which the attitude revolves: "Portia Simpson") in order for the attitude to change. So, regardless of how much platitudes are heaped upon the head of the PM, people are not simply going to change their attitudes. The feedback to your article so far bears this out. In order for the attitude to change, the PM HAS TO DO SOMETHING OF SIGNIFICANCE, and something that matters to Jamaicans. This constant harping on her background and her love for the poor and hungry masses has been wearing thin! People have heard that story; so while attitude change could be provoked by a discussion of the issue and presentation of the good points about the issue, the fact is Jamaicans already have heard the story; it is not novel. So, as the attitude theorists will tell, those things have been absorbed and are part of the "Portia Simpson schema". Jamaicans hear dat aready; dem know, so it nuh matter nuh more. I hope this information on attitudes and attitude change might help.


A wah dis? Election time come already?


I do hope you plan to balance your fawning article on the Prime Minister with mention of the resurgence of crime, steady descent of the dollar and dizzying rise of the cost of living. As you can tell I am not at all impressed with her but then again none on either side has my confidence or respect.


I'm no fan, but excellent piece on Simpson Miller. Very well written and highly educational. Didn't have some of the detailed info.


We congratulate the PM on her 40 years in public/political life. No one can deny that she is a strong and charismatic woman who, as Desmond Allen put it, is endeared by the masses. Her rise to the highest office in the land was unlikely as it was spectacular, given her background. There are those who question her intellect but none can deny that she possesses a tremendous amount of emotional intelligence which allows her to connect with persons and thus endear herself to them .The masses identify with her and she is well loved by them. Personally I do not prejudice her regarding her education/intellect. It takes some amount of smart and savvy to reach where she has. Brazil's previous prime minister was not an educated man (I believe he achieved an 8th grade level education) but was Brazil's most successful, setting them on the path of economic prowess. Education is not a precursor to competence or greatness which leads me to my next point. The PM will be judged by her accomplishments. Crime is our greatest challenge right now as a nation the highly influential but absentee prime minister needs to come out and publicly declare war on crime. Regardless of whose portfolio it is the magnitude of the problem requires her attention. What most persons have a problem with is the PM's malice with the Jamaican people, lack of transparency around foreign dealings and not taking the crime issue by the horns. She must tackle the crime issue head on if this country is to change trajectory.


Nice eulogy, biography, or whatever else you might call it but don't forget next time to tell us how all of this is instrumental in carrying us to the "Promised land". Remember that most of us don't worship our political leaders but only expect them to perform admirably for the greater good of JAMAICA ... not the party.


She is doing a good job and more people must respect her for what she is doing.


Oh yes! It is impressive that someone can be from humble beginnings and rise to become prime minister. In this case, however, that is where the inspiring awe ends.


Okaaaaay... Maybe it's me... but this should have been written about her in the beginning. People like me is wondering... What the heck is she doing now that the ball is in her court???? I'm so sad right now, I feel like we're moving backwards instead of forward.


Desmond, your first part left me hungry. I am looking forward to the rest of the interview.

See tomorrow's Observer for the second instalment of Portia Simpson Miller — the 40th anniversary interview.





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