The above quote is from old folks and is translated to mean, practise and hone your skills at home before you go and expose yourself and in doing so there is greater likelihood that you will be successful at what to do.
Portia Simpson Miller has successfully managed to avoid any interviews here in Jamaica for almost 2 years and continue to make every effort to avoid the Jamaican media. Her handlers have made it very difficult to get the PM to speak on camera at any sort of press conference and have so have refused most impromptu interviews.
The problem this has created is the Prime Minister, who is a well travelled person, is now finding herself in a position where she is struggling to answer questions from the foreign journalist because she has not spent enough time understanding the subject matter or participating in interviews so she can become better at understanding the line of questioning and the appropriate responses, dammit every takes practise.
One can recall that totally embarrassing interview when the Prime Minister went to China, I could only hold my head in shame and wonder, how can we have someone like this representing us overseas.
Portia was allowed to get away with that embarrassment, as the local media downplayed it and for the most part stayed away from the interview, as they sought to give the PM yet another bly.
It’s now November and the Prime Minister is off to Belgium and we hear some gloating that she was the only Caribbean leader selected to attend that session, very good.
The Prime Minister after her speaking at the opening session, where she spoke (scripted off course), gave a reasonable good account of herself, but when she was asked to participate in one of the sit down plenary session and she was asked to speak, there it all feel apart.
Portia Simpson Miller gave a horrible performance, repeating herself on many occasions and not providing any sort of answer to the question posted. The response was incoherent, all over the place and in one case disrespectful to the women in parliament.
Her final set of comments before leaving was even more embarrassing and it seems someone made sure she had to leave before the audience started throwing question her way.
It is time now for the Prime Minister handlers to sit with her, have her participate in more local interview unscripted so she can become more comfortable in these types of setting and can represent us properly when she goes overseas.
She has at least another two years in office before the next elections are called and no doubt she will be going on more overseas trip, so for heavens sake, let us prepare her better for those events here and overseas. What I saw in Belgium was embarrassing and even for a person like me who is not fond of the Prime Minister, I would suggest that her handlers be FIRED forthwith, we cannot continue like this.
Our Prime Minister MUST be able to represent us properly and thus far the folks around her has done nothing but a disservice to her and Jamaica by extension let us get this thing right.
Allow the Prime Minister to ” dance a yaad before she dance abroad”
STOP EMBARRASSING THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA by failing to prepare her properly for these events , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !
Here is the panel discussion.
Mad as hell, I am Jamaican first and frankly I am not a happy camper today, this has got to stop
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