Present the flowers , pop the champagne and march out the band, Portia Simpson Miller is finally retiring from representational politics after 43 long years.
Now her party, and even the other party are magnanimous , effervescent in praise of Miller.
The Intellectual ghetto is ready to bestow a honorary distinguished fellow award on her ,and there will certainly be national honors in the future.
By the way, what are those national honors worth now , I mean everyone has one of those these days?
Portia Simpson Miller has done well for……… , well Portia Simpson Miller. There is no denying that.
She rose from humble beginnings in rural St, Catherine to the pinnacle of political power on the Island without the benefit of much formal education.
Given Jamaica’s racial caste system her meteoric rise is nothing to be sneered at.
Her ascendancy to the top political office is testament to her grit and determination if not her ability to get things done.
As the accolades pour in and the revisionist historians begin the unrighteous task of sanitizing her record for posterity, it is important that those be viewed against the facts.
Portia Simpson Miller, like most Jamaican politicians, went into politics for self , not out of some undying dedication to serve others.
The best way to judge a person is to look at what they have done in the past.
Remove the cult-like ideological fervor from her died-in-the wool supporters and there is not much left which would speak to 43 years as a leader who has served in various capacities.
Is Portia Simpson Miller unique in this respect?
Of course not !
Without delving into 43 years of political history which are book-ended by a seat on the parish Council and two stints as Prime Minister , Mrs Miller has missed multiple opportunities to be great.
Her refusal to join with Andrew Holness in a symbolic march through zones of political exclusions( garrisons) , her systematic refusal to eschew political garrisons, refusing to vote to extend the limited state of emergency in 2010, are only a few of the times in which Simpson Miller myopically chose parochial political posturing over the nation’s greater good.
As Simpson Miller ride off into the sunset the torrential outpouring of putrid praise will flow nauseating a few .
I will be among those who will not shed a tear to see the back of her.
Portia Simpson Miller accomplished much more for herself as a black woman ,than many men more accomplished could ever have .
There is no denying her that.
In terms of accomplishment for our nation I am yet to see the results.
The question for our nation and more specifically , residents of St. Andrew South Western is this .
How well has Portia’s 43 years of representation turned out for you?
Adios Portia …….No tears here !