'Samfie business'
Holness pokes fun at PNP over its 'releasing the chains' promise
Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing a Labour Party (JLP) central executive meeting at Moon Palace Resort in St Ann on Sunday.

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday poured cold water on claims by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) that its President Mark Golding has the key to release the chains binding Jamaicans.

At a recent conference in his St Andrew Southern constituency, Golding used a key to unlock the chains around the neck of a dreadlocked man in what the PNP said was a symbolic gesture reflecting that he has the key to free Jamaicans from the figurative bondage brought on by the Holness Administration.

But Holness told a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Central Executive meeting at Moon Palace Resort in St Ann on Sunday, "It is a funny thing that I saw someone say that they have the key to liberate, to loosen and unlock the chain."

According to Holness, a security guard recently told him that from his perspective the people who have the keys are usually the ones who put on the chains in the first place and also the ones who would have the lock.

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegates at a meeting of the central executive at Moon Palace Resort in St Ann on Sunday

"So a security guard said to me, 'It's a samfie business, because is the people dem who put on the chain pon you, who have the key, is dem want to come now and say alright'," said Holness.

Scoffing at the PNP's claim, Holness argued that the JLP is the party for the prosperity and freedom of the Jamaican people.

"We are that party that believes that by the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread. We are the party that believes that if you work you must be rewarded. We are the party that believes in saving and investment," said Holness, who had earlier declared that his Administration is determined to make Jamaica a better place.

Holness declared that his Administration has done far more for Jamaicans than any PNP Administration has ever done.

"But the people look at us and they say, 'This Government has more potential, this Government can do more,' said Holness as he declared that his Administration has the thoughts, the ideas and the management capabilities to deliver even more.

"The Jamaican people have seen, for the first time in a long time, the potential for delivery, the potential for the realisation of results," added Holness.

To loud cheers from his delegates, Holness said the JLP is determined to improve the lot of all Jamaicans and hinted that is the reason behind its quest for a third term.

"We don't seek power for self-aggrandisement, we don't seek power for ego. We seek power to be able to help people to make the lives of ordinary Jamaicans better. So our mind, our efforts and our energy, as a political organisation, is always about the people.

"And as the Government elected by the people we would never take our eyes off the challenges they face, and we will always bear in mind the dreams and aspirations. Yes, we want to overcome the challenges that they face now, but we want to help them to reach the heights that they aspire to," added Holness.

He told the meeting that his Administration is committed to helping Jamaicans achieve progress for their children and their children's children.

"So the Jamaica Labour Party is not just about today; the Labour Party looks back at the history and we learn from it, we apply it to the challenges we have today to avoid the mistakes of the past, but our eyes are also cast firmly to the promise, to the commitment of prosperity that we know is the true destiny of Jamaica," declared Holness on the day that the Opposition PNP was staging the public session of its 85th Annual Conference at the National Arena in St Andrew.

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