Saturday, 13 February 2016

ELECTION FEVER: Quotes of the week from on and off the campaign trail

“On a national level, as minister of tourism, the work that I have done at my ministry, which has facilitated Jamaica in achieving unprecedented levels of construction investment in new rooms, and which will provide thousands of jobs for Jamaicans, is something about which I feel particularly proud.” – Outgoing Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, responding to recent criticism of his tenure as MP and tourism minister 
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“We are committed in principle and practice to real reform of the tax system. We will again reduce transfer taxes, stamp duties and estate taxes. To help our economy grow and help you take care of your families, we will get rid of personal income tax for everyone who earns $1.5 million or less….. Jamaica’s infrastructure is inadequate; we will fix it. We will make strategic capital investments in water. Jamaica is not short of water; this government does not know how to manager water.” – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness outlining the raft of promises that comprise his 10-Point Plan for Prosperity 
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“At some point, we have to abandon this course, where we believe that it is appropriate to mash up the country that we all want to live in, destroy its political institutions for the political advantage of one person or another. Time come to stop that now.” – Dr. Peter Phillips addressing party concerns on the campaign trail in the run-up to the Feb. 25 General Elections 
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“We urge the Jamaica Constabulary Force as well as the Office of the Political Ombudsman to immediately take all steps to intervene, investigate, identify, stop and prevent all acts of violence, intimidation, threats and corruption that could mar the political process. Likewise, political parties must not tolerate brutish and violent conduct by their members and supporters, and should take steps to identify and root out persons who want to see a culture of political violence grow and thrive in our parties.” – The Jamaica Bar Association in response to the shooting incident at the recent JLP mass rally in Montego Bay 
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“They were calling for us to call the Election, and now that I call it, they are complaining. What is their problem? Is it because they can’t win why they have a problem? They have been saying we should call the Election. I listened. I called it. I give them what they want. Now what is it now that they want from me? The only thing I am going to do now is give them a good whipping the night of the Election.” – PM Portia Simpson Miller addressing journalists on Nomination Day in her constituency of South West St. Andrew






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