Portia sends Peter to face the Wolves, his credibility has been shattered !

Portia Simpson Miller is one crafty politician, but  believe me,  no matter how crafty one is sooner or later one’s hands become exposed.

Portia Simpson Miller is one of the most beloved politician that Jamaica has ever produced and despite her humble beginnings she has managed to claw her way to the highest office in Jamaica after years of struggle. This is no easy feat in a male dominated world and so I have to give her credit for being a strong black Jamaican woman.

In her desire to get to the highest office, she has attempted to stay close to poor, always providing that message that she cares, even while not offering much in terms of long-term tangible solutions to get them out of poverty, but despite that weakness, the people still hold unto every word she says.

Portia Simpson Miller has on every occasion try to avoid being the one giving the “bad” news or bitter medicine to the Jamaican people and has left this all up to her former challenger and now Finance Minister Peter Phillips.

Last Thursday in the opening of the budget debate, Peter Phillips announced a range of new tax measures including the now controversial bank withdrawal tax, which has unleashed venom from some sections of the society since the announcement.

This week, the Finance Minister hosted a post cabinet Press conference to further offer some explanation of the new tax measures and the reason for these. Noticeably absent from the press conference was the Prime Minister, who one would have thought would have been their in a  show of support for the now embattled Finance Minister.

The Prime Minister left the Finance on his own to face the wrath of those in attendance as apparently she did not want to appear to be a party to the new measures given how unpopular they now appear to be.

Why has the media not asked why the Prime Minister was not in attendance at the post cabinet meeting held on yesterday. These are tough times and are the times when we expect our leaders to be out in front steering the ship, but not unexpectedly Portia sent Peter to deliver the bad news.

If I had a boss who set up like this, I would do one of two things

  1. Try to get rid of that boss
  2. Resign, walk away and protect what is left of  my integrity and credibility.

Peter its up to you, I think your boss has damaged you ( or allowed you to damage yourself) so much, that you can NEVER become Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Peter Phillips dream of becoming Prime Minister of Jamaica is all but gone !

A well-educated Phd graduate has been cleverly out foxed by a seasoned and  crafty politician, hats off to Sister P, I see PJ Patterson has taught you well.  🙂

A dat me seh.

 

Peter said “no new taxes” on Janaury 4, 2014

Portia said ” I cannot say there will be no new taxes”  shortly there after.

Portia is the more credible.

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses

  1. Peter has been beaten twice by Portia, he knows he is no political match for her.

    he has failed as a Minister of National Security with murders
    on the rise on his watch.

    he is just getting back his stripes and credibility in this portfolio, with the successful negotiation of the IMF deals and the subsequent passing of the IMF tests.

    This is Peters best hour in politics. people start rate him for passing the IMF tests, when Audley Shaw was such a dismal failure

    • Let me understand this.
      We are now passing IMF test, things are getting worse, daily devaluation, daily prices increase, government cannot pay it suppliers and now MP’s and we are not in a global financial crises.

      Shaw failed most of the IMF test, the dollar was stable, we paid less tax, prices were not increasing everyday and the poverty rate was not increasing and we were in the middle of the worst global financial crises.

      Clearing Peter is doing better, is that correct ?

      • Audely Shaw was not a dismal failure, he inherited an economy that was mismanaged for 18.5 years and the world experienced the worst recession in years, furthermore he got no support from the unions and he was force to dishonour the wage agreement with the IMF. Phillips is passing the test but failing the economy, devaluation has resulted in smaller profits for many firms and the Caf is destroying many businesses. Furthermore, Peter credibility is sinking because he foolishly promised no new tax and imposed an ingenious one, we don’t even know the true state of the government arrears, which is being estimated at 21 billion but Shaw claims that it is actually nearly 52 billion. Phillips and the entire pnp should go

      • The economy has actually experienced a small growth. Times are hard, but I must give peter credit for taking the necessary tough measures and crafting a deal which impacts the least on the poor.

        The Levy on the Banks will impact the least on the poor or the ordinary Jamaicans

        • I totally agree with that sentiment Cull Cull. It also ensures that a lot of those who evade pay a bit. Lipton, Shaw as well as Mr Run wid it were dismal failures. I am still at a loss as to why ANYONE would laud Shaw’s stewardship. Peter Phillips is doing what Davis should have done in the 90s, instead he preferred to access money at astronomical interest rates. That is TREASON!!

        • Phillips is being very disingenious, if we were living within our means then we would downsize government and get rid of irrelevant government bodies.

          oBserver

          Dear Editor,

          Lose-lose political game

          Politicians are vilified for every perceived wrong, but the reality is that politics is a thankless profession. There is a great disconnect between what any system of governance can deliver and the demands of the citizenry. Usually, citizens expect politicians to be the provider of all services, therefore astute politicians will carefully present themselves as the problem-solvers of every ailment affecting the country, even those which are better rectified by the market.

          It’s quite unfortunate, but too many of us live in an alternative universe, we want a pro-business environment to be created, but we are not willing to support less regulations and a smaller government. However, when the debt stock increases and investors migrate we blame politicians for not having political will to execute reforms which we would vote against.

          Government must provide essential services; no one is doubting that, but operating enterprises and financing social programmes are not the functions of government, and if we want social programmes then clearly tax rates will increase, because every service has to be provided at a cost.

          At least one former politician, Christopher Tufton, was rather cogent in his analysis of Jamaica’s economy at a recent media forum: “Jamaica needs a dose of pragmatism and leadership…we need to facilitate ready projects within three months. Government needs to say, where a private investor has an investment proposal and the capacity and willingness to finance that investment, Cabinet will give priority to ensure affirmation of investment… we need to fast-track divesting non-core activities. The Government cannot be all things to all men,” he said.

          Any administration which embarked on these reforms, especially privatisation, will be accused of ‘selling out’ Jamaica by misguided statists who are yet to understand the market. Big, bloated governments only harm the economy and the evidence is overwhelming. According to a study conducted by the European Central Bank, which reviewed 108 countries over a 38-year period, “government consumption is consistently detrimental to output growth, irrespective of the country sample considered (developed and emerging economies)”.

          Many persons claim that the IMF programme will result in a more efficient government, but to real free marketers it’s quite tepid. No politician is brave enough to create a less state-centric economy. And if such a politician existed, he wouldn’t last long. Since we refuse to change our views on economics then we should expect the years of slow growth and high debt to continue. Unfortunately the Opposition is not preferred by the masses, so we are trapped with the PNP for 18.5 years again.

          Lipton Matthews

          lo_matthews@yahoo.com

  2. Phillips is being very disingenuous, if we were living within our means then we would downsize government and get rid of irrelevant government bodies.
    oBserver

    Dear Editor,

    Lose-lose political game
    Politicians are vilified for every perceived wrong, but the reality is that politics is a thankless profession. There is a great disconnect between what any system of governance can deliver and the demands of the citizenry. Usually, citizens expect politicians to be the provider of all services, therefore astute politicians will carefully present themselves as the problem-solvers of every ailment affecting the country, even those which are better rectified by the market.

    It’s quite unfortunate, but too many of us live in an alternative universe, we want a pro-business environment to be created, but we are not willing to support less regulations and a smaller government. However, when the debt stock increases and investors migrate we blame politicians for not having political will to execute reforms which we would vote against.

    Government must provide essential services; no one is doubting that, but operating enterprises and financing social programmes are not the functions of government, and if we want social programmes then clearly tax rates will increase, because every service has to be provided at a cost.

    At least one former politician, Christopher Tufton, was rather cogent in his analysis of Jamaica’s economy at a recent media forum: “Jamaica needs a dose of pragmatism and leadership…we need to facilitate ready projects within three months. Government needs to say, where a private investor has an investment proposal and the capacity and willingness to finance that investment, Cabinet will give priority to ensure affirmation of investment… we need to fast-track divesting non-core activities. The Government cannot be all things to all men,” he said.

    Any administration which embarked on these reforms, especially privatisation, will be accused of ‘selling out’ Jamaica by misguided statists who are yet to understand the market. Big, bloated governments only harm the economy and the evidence is overwhelming. According to a study conducted by the European Central Bank, which reviewed 108 countries over a 38-year period, “government consumption is consistently detrimental to output growth, irrespective of the country sample considered (developed and emerging economies)”.

    Many persons claim that the IMF programme will result in a more efficient government, but to real free marketers it’s quite tepid. No politician is brave enough to create a less state-centric economy. And if such a politician existed, he wouldn’t last long. Since we refuse to change our views on economics then we should expect the years of slow growth and high debt to continue. Unfortunately the Opposition is not preferred by the masses, so we are trapped with the PNP for 18.5 years again.

    Lipton Matthews
    lo_matthews@yahoo.com

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