Asked about the PNP’s backlash against him for speaking out about his party’s recent loss, former general secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP) Paul Burke said:
“I don’t know what backlash is. You mean the paid social media mercenaries? [They] have very little impact on the ground. It’s going to get worse, not better. I’m going to become
“They can’t do anything to me. I’m not worried about them. I don’t need them; they don’t need me. The only thing I have is the truth, which I can back up. I don’t know what direction the party will go in, but I really believe that the party has to get its message clear. It has to be clear. It has to be consistent. It has to be credible and you must find messengers, whatever that message ends up being, who can carry that message. In other words, I can’t carry a message to tell people
Say what you want about Paul Burke’ s brash bravado, and seeming lack of humility, but Burke knows what he is talking about. Paul Burke has been in the trenches and has been instrumental in the PNP’s political successes for decades.
Burke understands what it takes to win elections, even though his party lacks the basic fundamentals of governance.
It appears that it is to this very issue that Paul Burke is relating.
Burke’s unperturbed nonchalance may be a by-product of his knowledge that many who are now condemning him for speaking out and wants him ousted from the party, also wanted Peter Phillips out of the party as well.
Many of those same people also at one time labeled Peter Phillips a traitor as well.
Phillips was almost [persona non grata ]for signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States without the knowledge or consent of the Party boss Portia Simpson Miller.
It is that cultish undemocratic mentality which has defined the PNP throughout its existence.
A mentality which has kept the party stuck subscribing to a failed and discarded [form of Socialism] which has hurt our country exponentially before, and from which Jamaica has yet to recover.
The great existential threat to the PNP is the PNP’s refusal to adapt and change. The JLP made the same mistake after its loss in 88. As a consequence, they were locked out of the process for over two decades. The brain-dead decision to continue on as a cult, instead of a 21st-century political party is demonstrated by the comments against Paul Burke who has been instrumental in the PNP’s successes long before many of his critics were born.
Burke a smart political operative is cognizant that the party needs to change and separate itself from the old failed socialist policies and affiliations which ruined the country in the 1970’s.
The Party’s string of losses will continue as long as the JLP continues to build out the nations infrastructure and people sees positive changes happening in the country and in their own lives.
As long as the administration can eschew corruption, the PNP will have a long time on the outside looking in with clenched fists and beret’s, relics of a distant past no one wants to revisit.