Young Jamaica, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), is absolutely disgusted with recent statements from the President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Mark Golding rejoicing over Jamaica’s defeat in the election of the next secretary general of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith ran a dignified and honourable race. Despite not being successful, Jamaica is forever better off due to the increased recognition of local leadership and the several bilateral agreements procured.
Minister Johnson Smith demonstrated to the world that Jamaica can produce internationally recognised leaders and that our little Jamaica is strong.
We are deeply disappointed that the Leader of the Opposition Mark Golding is using his political platform to sow political division instead of promoting unity on the international stage. Though we are disappointed, we are not surprised. The PNP and its leader are unfortunately using all opportunities for consensus to encourage disunity.
Furthermore, Young Jamaica awaits the results of the investigation into the tabling of the incorrect emergency resolutions.
Additionally, we are disheartened by the PNP’s opposition to the state of public emergency declared in St Catherine. The members of the PNP are again playing partisan games with the lives of the Jamaican people. In a time when the criminal elements plaguing Jamaica are hell-bent on destabilising the Jamaican State, Mark Golding, in his usual contemptuous style, has signalled that he is willing to hold the people of Jamaica hostage and aid in the undermining of the State in his desperate bid for power.
We call upon all well-thinking Jamaicans to see the Leader of the Opposition’s statements for what they are — myopic, hollow, and caustic words with the aim of furthering Mark Golding’s insatiable ambitions.