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Mark Golding condemns JLP for idea theft as PNP widens lead in polls

In a fiery speech to a packed audience in South Florida, Mark Golding, leader of the Jamaican People’s National Party (PNP), did not hold back. Accusing the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) of stealing their policies without proper appropriation, Golding rallied supporters and laid out his vision for a PNP-led Jamaica.

At the La Veranda Restaurant in Sunrise, Florida, Golding faced an eager crowd, answering questions and outlining his party’s plans. Amid cheers and nods of approval, he wasted no time discussing what he sees as a fundamental issue: governance.

Paul and Michelle Thompson, owners of La Veranda Restaurant, share a lens with Mark Golding.

If elected, the PNP would hit the ground running, Golding stated. “On day one, we will restore the chairmanship of parliamentary committees by the opposition to set the right tone.”

Opposition committee chairmen

“I think the governance side of things is very important and it sets the right tone for the way we will govern the country. We need to get back to the point where the opposition chairs parliamentary committees and can hold the then government to account. I think that should be reintroduced and I would like to do that from day one.”

His words resonated deeply with the audience, who nodded in agreement. But Golding didn’t stop there. With a laser focus, he outlined the party’s priorities, from education to crime to agriculture.

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He told the enthusiastic audience that the party is working hard to finalize all policy platforms and ‘track’ the way they are rolling them out.

“We want to do the most impactful things we can as early as possible,” he said. “But I don’t want to comment on that yet, because it’s still a bit early and I notice that the other side wants to adopt our ideas.”

Undeterred, Golding stressed that the PNP is now fully focused on their policy framework and implementation strategy.

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As the evening came to a close, Golding’s message hung in the air, a rallying cry for change and responsibility. With the PNP widening its lead in the polls, the stage is set for a showdown that could reshape Jamaica’s political landscape.

Jamaica’s opposition leader Mark Golding moves through the crowd at the event in South Florida