Ordinary Jamaicans know nothing about Twitter, says PickersgillWednesday, November 26, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaicans on social media network, Twitter, last night expressed outrage after People's National Party (PNP) chairman and Government Minister Robert Pickersgill dismissed users as an "articulate minority" and not ordinary Jamaicans.
Pickersgill made the statement immediately following an Opposition walk-out of Parliament yesterday, after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller failed to answer questions tabled by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness, on the ongoing Outameni controversy.
Pickersgill, when told in a TV interview that there has been an outcry about the issue on social media and in particular Twitter, questioned the relevance.
"No ordinary Jamaican not speaking about it…Twitter? Twitter is ordinary Jamaican? Ordinary Jamaicans know anything about Twitter?" Pickersgill said, adding that Jamaicans on Twitter are an "articulate minority" and the outcry was "politically motivated".
He suggested that Jamaicans on Twitter who express their displeasure regarding the Outameni matter are irrelevant.
But disgruntled Jamaicans in a backlash criticised the minister for his comment one arguing that he would "see how important twitter is in the next general election".
"Mr Pickersgill, understand that tweets count! 140 characters worth of influence!" said another.
"Sometimes all Jamaicans need is an #ArticulateMinority to hold leaders accountable," said one.
"Well since PNP have the DEED for Jamaica down a Old Hope Road then PNP Chairman can render Jamaicans on twitter irrelevant," another tweet read.
The ministers Twitter account, which boasts a mere 117 followers, has been dormant since July 12, 2012.
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