‘Wheel and come again’

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips making his budget debate presentation in Parliament yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The Opposition yesterday ripped into the revenue package announced last week by Finance Minister Audley Shaw, accusing the Government of burdening Jamaicans with taxes to satisfy partisan political interests, and calling for the measures to be withdrawn. “The Government should wheel and come ... Read More

Gordon House in downtown Kingston, where the Jamaican Parliament meets. (File photo) Stifling budget debate deliberately?
Dear Editor, Is the Government so unsure of its economic policies that it is prepared to stifle deb ... Read More

BLACK ... lauded by daughter Connoly for his support inside and outside of politics My father is my strength, Connoly says of dad Kenneth Black
The daughter of one of Jamaica’s most-talked-about individuals has singled out her father for ... Read More

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller (second right) leads members of the People’s National Party for the last time as president of the party during the march to Gordon House yesterday morning for the ceremonial opening of Parliament. With her in front are finance spokesman Peter Phillips (right) and MPs Lisa Hanna (left) and Natalie Neita Headley. PNP Comrades show support for Phillips
Several supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) have expressed that while they will mi ... Read More


BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

PHILLIPS ... the party is not
the personal property of mine
(Photo: Naphtali Junior)

President-designate of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips has dismissed arguments that he struck a deal with outgoing party President Portia Simpson Miller in order to have a smooth passing of the leadership baton. Word made the rounds last week that there was an agreement between Simpson Miller and her team, and Phillips and his, as a sort of trade-off in the succession relay. Highly placed sources inside and outside of the PNP had suggested that among the th ... Read More

Acting President Black wants to rebrand, revamp PNPYO

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobser er.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

BLACK ... we need to reestablish ourselves as a voice (Kenyon Hemans)

The fourth woman to lead the Opposition People’s National Party’s Youth Organisation, Connoly Black wants to rebrand and revamp the movement, even as she has, realistically, only five months to do so. Black, who is serving as Acting President of the PNPYO until July when the Annual Congress will be held and new officers elected, is willing to work with the resources at her disposal to effect the relevant changes, although she is not sure if she will be in a position to sail the poli ... Read More

Portia expected to announce exit route today

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 05, 2017    

PHILLIPS ... warming up to take the baton from Simpson Miller

President of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller is expected to announce a timetable for her departure as head of the 79-year-old political party today. The meeting of the party’s powerful National Executive Council (NEC), the second- highest decision-making group within the PNP, is likely to hear Simpson Miller address members during its regular meeting to be held at the Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester. “The party leader ... Read More

PNP set to implode

Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Simpson Miller and Phillips share a happy moment at the PNP’s Annual Conference last year.

Some officials of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are fuming over the refusal of its leader, Portia Simpson Miller, to vacate the office of president, thereby paving the way for the election of a new head, who would likely be veteran parliamentarian Dr Peter Phillips. Simpson Miller was quoted in media interviews on Thursday as saying that she will speak in the 2017-2018 Budget Debate in her capacity of Opposition Leader, on March 16, a revelation that shocked members of the ... Read More



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