One point seemed clear well before the election: the PNP did not want to run with younger candidates, whom many saw as sincere, different, challenging, relevant. That, in light of a cohort of young people who made it clear that they wanted to be taken seriously into the conversation. That seemed like part of a recipe for failure.

The party also went badly off message, stayed off message, and gave more focus to its Opposition’s plans than their own.


Thursday February 25, 1016 will be highlighted in the history books as the day democracy and the people of Jamaica grew one day older. It was the day that Jamaicans, articulate and otherwise,  understood that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a Prime Minister , members of the House of Representatives and government officials, but the voters of this country.

An election is simple. It is the time when those who are selected to represent the people of Jamaica gather for an evaluation on their performance. Politicians never lie so much as before an election. It is the people who must decide how they will evaluate their performance after getting rid of the slush and lies.

Many politicians use the party’s  perceived popularity as references to boost their resumes. I am a member of the PNP therefore I…

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