Increasingly I am beginning to wonder if the Jamaica Labour Party is happy in power; I have begun to believe that they have wearied of forming the Government and cannot wait to be back in Opposition benches. When I see the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller and the PNP running rings around the JLP with no effective push-back, I have to wonder.
For example, I find it fascinating that PNP Chairman Bobby Pickersgill is able to call multiple press conferences and demand for the resignation of Bindley Sangster and other JUTC board members; as well as Transport Minister Mike Henry.
And whereas I agree with Pickersgill that the JUTC board members should resign, I don’t yet think that this matter meets the standard for calling for Mike Henry’s resgination. That’s just my opinion and reasonable people can disagree. Pickersgill and the PNP have their reasons for calling for Henry’s resignation and it is all driven by politics and self-interest (as it should be.) But where is the adroit political response by the JLP?
None of the reporters in the room at the first press conference pointed out to Pickersgill that under the same logic that causes him to call for the resignation of the JUTC board and Mike Henry, he should also be calling for MP Kern Spencer to resign from parliament. Like Kern Spencer, these men are simply accused of wrong-doing. They have faced no jury and no judge as yet.
So how is it that the press gathered at the first press conference were more interested in goading the PNP Shadow Minister on Transportation to call outright for Henry’s resignation by asking Pickersgill if he was “afraid” to do so. A better question would have been: So Chairperson Pickersgill, do you think that Kern Spencer should resign from parliament given the “damning” accusations Spencer faces?
Bobby Pickersgill bailed Kern Spencer out of jail and proudly told the media that Kern Spencer was innocent till proven guilty. How Pickersgill can make the statements he is now making about this JUTC matter and not face any scrutiny about his previous statements by either the Jamaican press corps or the Jamaica Labour Party is beyond me.
Just a thought.