A Jamaican first and foremost, I will always pay keen attention to the affairs of my own country above others. As transfixed as many in the world have become with the USA and their events, on the Roc we have much that is taking place and some attention should be directed here. After all you live on the Roc don’t you or if not, have business interests? Maybe it is about time, many of our own people put the interests of the Jamaican people first as America undertakes that chapter themselves. On that note I take the time on my space to recognise Jamaica’s first ever female Prime Minister. Wow!!!!!!!
When the question was posed on twitter of what you most admired about the Hon Portia Simpson-Miller, I replied with two words only. ‘Strength and perseverance’. Irrespective of the odds women face, I stand firm in emulating those two admirable traits, strength and perseverance. Always stand tall no matter what the haters say.
Academia does not give you strength or perseverance. It is your tenacity, belief in self that you CAN with your God given talent. Through my eyes when I look at the rise of the Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller, I fully realise the role your haters play on Planet Earth. They can only elevate you on your journey once you have the mental capacity to comprehend. Quitting is never an option and you shall reap what you sow.
Walk good Madame.
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Bittersweet – Portia bids farewell to a lifelong love affair and incredible journey of service
(Jamaica Gleaner) Friday | March 17, 2017 | 3:00 AM
“I have seen the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, but above all, I have had an incredible journey of service to my beloved people and country,” she shared with colleague parliamentarians.
Simpson Miller, arguably one of the most popular political figures in Jamaica’s modern political history, yesterday received resounding acknowledgement from members on both sides of the parliamentary divide as they stood in unison, banging the tables after the veteran lawmaker completed a wide-ranging presentation.
‘OVER TO YOU’
Quoting from founding member of the People’s National Party Norman Manley, the outgoing president said that the “mission of the next generation is to achieve economic and social independence”, a task Simpson Miller said she had set out to accomplish during her tenure.
“It is now your inning,” said Simpson Miller to Peter Phillips as she leaned over to him and whispered: “It is going to be over to you.”
While parliamentarians inside the chamber coalesced in showing respect to Simpson Miller’s more than 40 years in active politics, the so-called grass-roots people, whose support made her a ‘nine-star general’, echoed their leader’s name as they stood behind a barrier about 50 metres below Gordon House on Duke Street, Kingston.
Simpson Miller was elected nine times to the House of Representatives. If her win in the local government elections in 1974 were to be counted, Simpson Miller would have the enviable record of being designated a ‘ten-star general’.
“I am proud of my record of representation of the people of St Andrew South West since December 1976,” Simpson Miller declared, adding that even when her party did not contest the 1983 general election on principle, she never left her people.
The veteran politician conceded that she did not achieve everything she wanted for her constituency but noted that St Andrew South West had come a “very long way from where I found it in 1976”.