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Hanover - PM asks for 'symbol of repentance'
Blake, Independent candidate for the Bernard Lodge Division,
St. Catherine, who broke away from the Jamaica Labour Party
(JLP), said he was attacked by JLP supporters on Nomination
Day last Friday. - Norman Grindley/Staff Photographer
Claudia Gardner, Gleaner Writer
PRIME MINISTER P.J. Patterson presented 21 People's National
Party (PNP) candidates nominated to contest the Hanover and
Westmoreland divisional seats in the upcoming Local Government
elections, at the Negril Hills Golf Club on Friday night.
what was his first major address on Nomination Day, Mr Patterson
made it clear that he would not be participating in any islandwide
motorcade this time around.
am not proposing to go around the countryside with a motorcade
and a bandwagon, much as though I know PNP people like motorcade,"
Mr Patterson declared. "One of the reasons I am not doing
it is because I have a Government to run and we must continue
to manage the affairs of the country, especially at a time
also expressed the desire to get what he said were the right
set of candidates, who were not opportunists.
want people who are offering themselves for service; not as
masters of the people; not to line their pockets with the
people's money; not as contractors. I say, if you want to
be a contractor, stay in the contract business! No come inna
the same way, if I wanted to remain a lawyer, I would remain
in the legal profession, and believe you me, life would be
much easier, with less pressure. Nobody would need to tell
no lie pon mi! Nobody would need to cuss mi an abuse mi, because
whatever I do, would be nobody's business but my own!"
Prime Minister also lamented the PNP's loss to the JLP in
the Eastern Hanover constituency in the 2002 General Election
and asked for what he said was a "symbol of repentance".
only Member of Parliament who voted against the Budget was
the MP for Eastern Hanover," Mr Patterson shouted.
mean say him no want nothing fi him constituency! But in spite
of that, I man can't bring myself to penalise the people of
East Hanover for the mistake that they made on October 16.
But I want you to show me a sign. I want you to show me a
symbol of repentance," Mr Patterson said.