Friday, 6 February 2015

FIGURES OF SPEECH: Andrew Holness, Delroy Chuck, Ian Boyne, Tom Tavares-Finson, and Lisa Hanna sound off

"We made it very clear that we do not have a child bride issue in our country. It was not part of our culture, and even in cases involving older girls, permission is usually granted for the marriage to take place."  Youth and Culture minister, Lisa Hanna, reporting on Jamaica's participation at the just-concluded United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland, where the local delegation faced intense questioning

"The sight of recycled octogenarian Mike Henry in Andrew Holness' shadow cabinet, as well as that of of a number of other oldsters, might not convey the image of energy, dynamism and hope that an Opposition Leader would want to signal."  Columnist Ian Boyne assessing the JLP's recently unveiled team of shadow cabinet ministers

"What we must do is manage change so everybody can be a part of the process of change. Some don't like it because they believe change won't benefit them, but we are making changes that will benefit the people of Jamaica. We are making sure that we put at the forefront of the JLP people who will work for Jamaica, people who will work on your behalf... We want a new way for a better life. We need a new leader to emerge, to take this country where it should be."  Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, addressing party supporters at Papine High on Sunday, as he presented the JLP's caretaker for East Rural St. Andrew, Senator Alexander Williams

"They (the Electoral Commission of Jamaica) have done a good job, but they are being given basket to carry water. Politicians who carry out the enumeration process will do so in their own interest and are likely to corrupt the electoral process." Opposition spokesman on justice, Delroy Chuck, addressing Gordon House on Tuesday on enumeration responsibilities and constituency borders

"Jamaica remains fully committed to the fight against transnational illegal trafficking in all forms of prohibited drugs and the organized crime that it fuels; an ongoing effort, which is fundamental to our national security at home and our international reputation and relationships."  Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, contributing to last Friday's debate in the Upper House on the newly tabled Dangerous Drugs (Amendment Bill)

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