Secular politics required

Marcus Garvey (File photo)

The time has come for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean to chart a way for freedom of religion and freedom from religion. A just and inclusive society must be so ordered that freedom is protected by law and daily practice. Rubbishing any religious demographic will not facilitate a necessary conversat ... Read More

PHILLIPS… I have the experience of government and of the party                                Phillips says chances good for PNP presidency
THE People’s National Party’s (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips, who will be running for presidenc ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left) joins representatives of other stakeholders in the signing of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica document at King’s House, yesterday. Others (from left) are Oneil Grant, vice-president of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions; P B Scott, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica; and Diana McCaulay, CEO of Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET), representing civil society. Absent is Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller. (Photo: Michael Gordon) Absence of Opposition snags signing of social contract
POLITICAL differences between the Government and the Opposition over recent developments spilled ove ... Read More

Swearing-in for KSAC postponed
THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) have agreed to the postponeme ... Read More

JLP switches leadership team for St ELizabeth Parish Council

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

MP JC Hutchinson

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth – In a startling move, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has switched personnel for chairman and deputy chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council. Members of parish councils are to be sworn in today following the November 28 local government elections which ended in islandwide victory for the JLP over the People’s National Party (PNP), including a triumph by nine divisions to six in St Elizabeth. JLP deputy leader JC Hutchinson confirmed by telepho ... Read More

Party infighting is not new

Michael Burke | Thursday, December 08, 2016    

So the electronic media got inside the last meeting of the National Executive Council of the People’s National Party (PNP) when Portia Simpson Miller announced her plans to step down from the PNP presidency. And excerpts of the barbs thrown at her by rivalling factions within the PNP were aired on TV. To begin with, intra-party clashes are far more common than some might realise, and it is certainly nothing to be overly stressed about. Indeed, it is ironic that today, the date of the Roma ... Read More

PNP should aim for speedy and smooth transition

Monday, December 05, 2016    

Portia Simpson Miller (File photo)

MUCH has been said and will continue to be said about Mrs Portia Simpson Miller having broken the “glass ceiling” for women in Jamaican politics when she became President of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Prime Minister of this country in 2006. Her mark became even more emphatic when she led her party to a landslide triumph in December 2011. However, from this newspaper’s perspective, her greatest contribution to good governance in Jamaica came in the four years ... Read More

Tears for Portia

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, December 05, 2016    

Veteran attorney-at-law KD Knight reacts to a section of the crowd that heckled him at times for his support of Lisa Hanna. (Kenyon Hemans)

Two names have already emerged as potential leaders of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) following yesterday’s emotional announcement by President Portia Simpson Miller of her intention to step down. Businessman Peter Bunting and political economist Dr Peter Phillips have confirmed that they will seek the top post in the 78-year-old institution, but the name of medical practitioner Dr K Wykeham McNeill is also expected to be thrown into the hat as well. Opposition Leader ... Read More

Jamaica has to change its brand of politics

BY Colette Campbell | Monday, December 05, 2016    

I am not surprised with how the local government elections turned out. One factor was the limited options from which to choose from and again for the lack of voters. Confidence in the parties and their style of politics is waning among Jamaican voters, especially within the youth majority. The apathy, manifesting in their non-participation, is testament of wanting much more from the elected officials, who after the elections feel they’ve put themselves in the position. Last Monday I witn ... Read More

What Portia said to the PNP’s NEC

Monday, December 05, 2016    

SIMPSON MILLER ... I have been blessed to have represented my party and country (Jamaica Observer)

The following is the address made by President of the People’s National Party Portia Simpson Miller to members of the National Executive Council of the party held at the Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore yesterday: Comrades, I have been in politics for many years and I have been assessing my future as leader of my beloved People’s National Party. I have been reflecting on what the past 10 years have meant and mean. It has been quite a journey. We have been in Government and in Opposi ... Read More

Williams as Kingston Mayor, Ennis his deputy

Monday, December 05, 2016    

Senator Delroy Williams

Senator Delroy Williams, who represents the Seivwright Gardens Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), is expected to be sworn in as the new Mayor of Kingston later this week. The new deputy mayor is expected to be the former minority leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillors in the KSAC, Winston Ennis, who represents the Waterloo Division. Williams, one of six debaters used by the JLP in the recent pre-local government election public debates, was appointed a sen ... Read More

Senate bids farewell to Castro

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, December 05, 2016    

Fidel Castro (file photo)

The House of Representatives will resume on Tuesday, following a three-week break to accommodate the participation of MPs in the November 28 Local Government Election. There was some speculation as to whether the House would resume this week or next week, but the issue seems resolved and the agenda for Tuesday will emerge from today’s Cabinet meeting. The Senate resumed last Friday with senators focusing on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. But, they also passed long-dela ... Read More

To a new and improved PNP

Monday, December 05, 2016    

Dear Editor, The crisis of leadership in the People’s National Party (PNP) makes interesting study as it brings into view the need for strategic succession planning that will not lead to leaders going into diminishing, anticlimactic mode. Let’s pick up the story from Michael Manley. The Manley/Edward Seaga era was one of keen intellect and the splendid parading of oratorical prowess. Indeed, those were “the best of times, (and) the worst of times”. Fate was kind to Man ... Read More

You might can’t even say ‘ray’ if you never vote

Monday, December 05, 2016    

HIBBERT...First time mi a vote enuh inna the general, and now the local it’s a first time for me (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

TWENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD first-time voter Rushane Hibbert believes that his vote for change in the November 28 Local Government Elections was not in vain. The Seaforth, St Thomas resident suggested that had he not voted in last Monday’s elections he would have no grounds to stand on in terms of holding the elected representative responsible for not delivering on commitments made. “Everybody vote mek a difference. If yuh nuh vote, the person you think can make a difference might lose be ... Read More



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