Our Image of the Week today comes with a little twist. The cartoon is related to the Thursday Gleaner editorial, ‘Warmy’s’ Barmy Comment Worth Serious Debate, which seeks to contextualise South West St Catherine MP Everald Warmington’s statement that “If you don’t vote, you don’t count.” The always controversial MP once again found himself in hot water for the following statement:
“If you don’t vote; you don’t count. And at this stage if a person walk in the office and sey ‘Boss mi a Labourite’, and when I check the computer, you didn’t vote, I nah deal wid you. If you don’t vote; you don’t count and you can’t ask for Government benefits when you refuse to participate in the governance of your country. I don’t know how others perform, how others work, but in South West St Catherine dem have to vote to talk to me, nuh care how you sick and need it, nuh care how the old lady on the crutch – you didn’t vote without an excuse, you don’t talk to this Member of Parliament. You talk to me when you want to, when the time come when you should have spoken, you should have gone to that polling station to vote.
He has refused to apologise, despite being rapped by several members of his own Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO).