Fri | Jun 5, 2020

Wrong move, PNP

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:07 AM


I WRITE to express my dismay and shock at the People’s National Party’s (PNP) action on Tuesday of not showing up for Parliament. I think the PNP has failed to recognise the gravity of our predicament and is, instead, seeking to use the current pandemic and the Government’s handling of it to gain political mileage. But, let me reiterate to the leadership of the PNP: this is not the time for – well, for lack of a better word – utter foolishness. Jamaica needs its leadership – both the Government and the Opposition – to work together to navigate our little island through this global pandemic. While the Government is seeking to implement measures to stem the community spread of COVID-19, the Opposition is basically playing games.

Might I suggest to the leadership of the PNP that instead of holding a virtual press conference and criticising the Government, seeking to gain political mileage, join with the Government and share your strategies, ideas, expertise, and resources to move our country out of this health, and potential economic, crisis.


In fact, I think the PNP owes the people of Jamaica an official apology for their actions. While the Government’s approach in not giving the full bitter medicine – total lockdown of the country to stem the spread from the initial cases – has been an effort to shield the economy and, ultimately, Jamaicans, might not be the best approach, at least they are providing leadership, and timely and open communication. If ever there was a time for the Opposition to step up and function as an integral arm of Jamaica’s governance, it is now.

Let me assure you, the PNP leadership, there will be plenty of time for these political nuances/stances after COVID-19; just not now.

Agatha Smith

Concerned Citizen