62 years after the 1955 election

MANLEY... conceived the Jamaica Welfare concept (Observer file)

The People’s National Party (PNP), led by Norman Washington Manley, won the third general election under universal adult suffrage in Jamaica on January 12, 1955. The tenure of Norman Manley as chief minister, and later premier, was really the expansion and fleshing out of the ‘Jamaica We ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness outlining the reinvigorated plans to overhaul the public sector at Jamaica House yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) No need to panic
The Government has not yet crunched the numbers to determine how many jobs will be shaved as it roll ... Read More

SHAW… no taxes are to be tabled No new taxes in supplementary budget, says Shaw
MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw confirmed yesterday that the First Supplement ... Read More

PARCHMENT BROWN… we are hoping to encourage the general secretaries to implore their members to obey the law Obey the law, political ombudsman tells parties
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says her office remains concerned about the number of poli ... Read More

Dr Peter Phillips — tested and proven performer

Aujae K Dixon | Monday, January 02, 2017    

PHILLIPS... now the sole aspirant so far for the PNP presidency.

Since he indicated his intent to contest for the presidency of the People’s National Party discussions have shifted from his achievements in helping to move this country forward over the past few years to his age and how old he will be at the next election. While I admire a young and vibrant leader, age cannot be the only criterion by which a leader should be judged or defined. For me, performance is also an important factor, and if we are to assess the last Administration, Dr Peter Philli ... Read More

JLP/PNP stand-off in St Thomas over choice of deputy mayor

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December 29, 2016    

MCKENZIE ... said after the election that dialogue is necessary

IT appears that the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are heading for a showdown over the leadership of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation. The media had reported excerpts from a letter sent to Prime Minister Andrew Holness last week by an attorney for PNP councillors, suggesting his intervention into the unresolved issue of the appointment of the deputy mayor of Morant Bay and giving a 14-day ultimatum for possible legal action if the cur ... Read More

Property tax increase to help fund $1.5-m income tax deal

BY DESMOND ALLEN Executive editor – special assignment allend@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, December 23, 2016    

SHAW… other governments have taken but not given back

FINANCE Minister Audley Shaw will ask Cabinet to approve an increase in property tax as part of plans to fund the cost of the second tranche of the income tax give-back promised to 252,000 taxpayers earning up to $1.5 million annually. At the same time, Shaw ruled out any increase in General Consumption Tax (GCT) or a raid on the National Housing Trust (NHT) funds to pay for the income tax deal promised in the lead-up to the February 25, 2016 general election. “Cabinet will have to take ... Read More

I was banking on Bunting race

Monday, December 19, 2016    

Peter Bunting

Dear Editor, Portia Simpson Miller had to give up the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) at some point. After the PNP lost the recent local government election, the writing was on the wall and there was no need to call for the prophet Daniel to read same. When she finally announced her decision to step down as leader at their recent National Executive Council meeting I started salivating over the possibility of a run-off between the banker and the former Babylon burning Rast ... Read More

New mayor outlines big plans for capital city after PNP, JLP clash

New mayor outlines big plans for capital city after PNP, JLP clash | Friday, December 16, 2016    

New Mayor of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams is adorned with the mayoral chain by his predecessor Angela Brown Burke at his swearing in ceremony at the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation yesterday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Senator Delroy Williams was yesterday sworn in as the new mayor of Kingston and outlined a lofty vision for the capital city that included improving infrastructure and a return of tourism. But his new administration got a glimpse of the enormity of its task when rival supporters of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) clashed in the streets outside the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) before the installation ceremony, in a bitter spil ... Read More

December 15, 1976 — 40 years later

Michael Burke | Thursday, December 15, 2016    

PHILLIPS... now the sole aspirant so far for the PNP presidency.

The latest news in the race to succeed Portia Simpson Miller is that Peter Bunting has withdrawn his intention to seek the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP). This means that it might be a one-horse race, starring Dr Peter Phillips, unless someone else comes forward to be nominated for the presidency of the PNP. Forty years ago, on December 15, 1976, the PNP led by Michael Manley — who was elected to govern on February 29, 1972 — won a second-straight term of offi ... Read More

PNP — A party without guts!

Thursday, December 15, 2016    

Dear Editor, It was very disappointing to learn that Peter Bunting decided to withdraw from the People’s National Party (PNP) leadership race. He felt it was Peter Phillips’s turn — not his. I believe his decision lacks guts and shows weakness, considering this was his second attempt and second withdrawal. Many were excited by the prospects of his candidacy. Peter Phillips, though an outstanding finance minister, was part of the reason PNP lost the last general election. It i ... Read More

Three generations say it’s time

Monday, December 12, 2016    

Portia Simpson Miller

Dear Editor, Some time ago I was in the company of a 60-odd and a 20-odd-year-old man. I am in my 40s, so we represent three ‘generations’. The youngest said that the youth are dissatisfied with the People’s National Party (PNP) and Portia Simpson Miller. He said the youth believe the party has become an old dinosaur and that Simpson Miller keeps hiding and not connecting with the masses. The 60-odd-year-old became ‘bringle’. He said the youth do not understand ... Read More

Llandewey councillor credits six-vote win to performance

Monday, December 12, 2016    

It nearly cost me the election because I only won by [six] votes, because the other party was spending thousands of dollars in my division (Contributed)

RE-ELECTED People’s National Party (PNP) councillor for the Llandewey Division in St Thomas Western, Edwin Marr, says his performance over the last four years, and not vote-buying in the run-up to the November 28 Local Government Elections, was the reason for his victory, albeit marginal. “My last term was good. I believed that I performed well during my tenure and I simply depended on my performance to win the election,” Marr told the Jamaica Observer. “The issue of [spending a lot to bring out votes] wa ... Read More

Maragh pledges equal treatment for all in Clarendon

Monday, December 12, 2016    

Newly sworn-in Councillor for the Rocky Point Division and mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, greets Clarendon South Western MP Noel Arscott. (Damoi Gordon)

May Pen, Clarendon — New mayor of May Pen and chairman of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, Winston Maragh, promised equal treatment for all at last Thursday’s installation ceremony here. “No division will be left out, regardless of who their representatives are. I will be working with everyone. As you all know, I am a worker who takes pride in getting things done,” Maragh (JLP — Rocky Point Division) said. The new mayor pledged to work with vendors and busine ... Read More



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