Senator Lisa Hanna?
I am no fan of Lisa Hanna, the outgoing Member of Parliament for St Ann South Eastern. I would be biased to say she doesn’t contribute to our politics.
As a constituent of Hanna’s constituency I have realised she is good at advocacy, but when it comes to implementation she’s lacking.
Hanna is from St Mary, hence she could go to serve that parish and maybe win, but she will have a people issue. Maybe she’s trying to improve on that, but the reality is not straightforward. You have some powerful people in seats who try to control representatives, so either you compromise yourself or fight back.
I have come to the conclusion that the likes of Marsha Smith, Lisa Hanna, and some in the past are just not cut out for representational politics.
So, after representational politics, what’s next for Lisa Hanna? Well, we’ve seen some hints that she will give her opinion in the print media. I won’t even be surprised if she becomes a political commentator or news anchor for one of the mainstream electronic media houses in Jamaica.
But I believe Hanna still can be involved in our politics by being appointed senator. Clearly she has the experience to be leader of the People’s National Party (PNP) caucus in the Senate. I believe her high profile could lift the profile of the Senate. A Kamina Johnson Smith versus a Lisa Hanna showdown in the Senate will only make our politics better.
I am still of the belief that the PNP delegates made the right move by electing Mark Golding over Lisa Hanna, but Mark Golding and the PNP need Lisa Hanna in the Senate, especially if they lose Damion Crawford and Peter Bunting to the Lower House of Parliament.
Ocho Rios, St Ann