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Passing of Captain Horace Burrell, JFF President

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Passing of Captain Horace Burrell, JFF President

On the news of the passing of The President of the JFF, Captain Horace Burrell, yesterday, the National Democratic Movement has extended condolence to his family and close friends and lauded his sterling contribution to football locally, regionally and internationally. NDM President Peter Townsend said that Captain Burrell’s commitment and hard work in nation building through business and sports made him more than special to the people of Jamaica. He hailed him as an outstanding son of Jamaica whose life of service has assisted in placing Jamaica in on the world map, particularly with our crowning moment in football when the Reggae Boyz made it to the World Cup of Football in 1998. Contact: Peter Townsend President...

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The NDM Income Tax Proposal

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on The NDM Income Tax Proposal

The National Democratic Movement wish to clarify a report made in the Jamaica Observer today [22 February 2016] inaccurately suggesting that the President of the NDM, Mr Peter Townsend endorses the Income Tax reduction proposal of the JLP. The Observer headline today is misleading. Contrary to what the headline of the story suggested, THE NDM DOES NOT SUPPORT THE JLP PROPOSAL IN THE FORMAT PRESENTED. The NDM welcomes any proposal that will ease the severe pressure on the overtaxed workers in the country. Since 1999 the NDM have been advocating a 5% annual reduction of the 25% Income Tax now being paid by Jamaican citizens and persons working and paying taxes in Jamaica. Other countries, e.g. Cayman and Antigua, adopt income tax free regimes [no income tax policies]. In 1992 the then government introduced the General Consumption Tax [GCT]....

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A National Debate Should Be Held

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on A National Debate Should Be Held

The National Democratic Movement has noted the PNP’s decision to withdraw from the National Debates. The NDM believes this is a national insult to the people of Jamaica. None of the many campaign advertisements by both the PNP and the JLP has addressed adequately the many national issues that Jamaicans need to be informed about. Some of these issues are: Jamaica is now under producing. How to increase production? Jobs are severely lacking, especially for young people. How to create jobs? The economy is struggling to barely produce 1% growth. How to increase growth? The people of Jamaica have never been more unsecure. How to improve security? The Health Services are in a deplorable condition. How to improve the health sector? The Education system, especially Early Childhood is under performing. How to improve Education? The National Water system is...

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Time To End Gun and Garrison Party Politics

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Time To End Gun and Garrison Party Politics

The National Democratic Movement regrets the senseless loss of lives as a result of tribal, garrison and gun-style politics which again reared its ugly head in Montego Bay last night at the JLP mass meeting. The NDM reminds the people that it was just a few months ago that a PNP MP made comments which could have inflamed politically motivated violence in the said western end of the island and the recent allegations of political motivation surrounding Dr,. Ramoth Notice in St. Catherine. For far too long, the people of Jamaica have put up with the two tribal parties which subscribe to ‘garrison politics’ with its violent consequences and it is full time that we collectively reject that culture once and for all. The business community and Jamaicans in general, must realize by now that supporting and donating funds...

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Put The Caribbean Court Of Justice On The 2016 Ballot

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Put The Caribbean Court Of Justice On The 2016 Ballot

The National Democratic Movement is again calling on the PNP to put the Caribbean Court of Justice – ‘Yes / No’ question to the people of Jamaica in a plebiscite [a vote by a whole electorate to decide a question of importance] The ideal time for such a question is now and it would only cost the amount to print additional ballots. The NDM believes that the PNP can use this opportunity to demonstrate that they believe that the peoples’ opinion is valuable; also it would be a clear indication that they [the PNP] support their talk that the people of Jamaica is their paramount concern. Contact: Michael Williams Chairman 995...

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Jamaica Needs a Future of Hope

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Jamaica Needs a Future of Hope

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) laments the calling of a General Election eleven months before it is constitutionally due, without there being a national disaster or crisis. This is the clearest indication yet, that the Portia Simpson-Miller’s PNP administration, after four years (4yrs.) in office, cannot face the people after the next Budget is presented. Hence, the governing party is attempting to trick the people into giving them another term in office, without telling us the truth of the hardships which will be unleashed upon the backs of the poor and middle classes. The NDM is of the view that the last four years of following the IMF orders slavishly, like a headman on a slave estate, administrating lashes on a poor defenseless people, devaluing our dollar to a precipitously low level; demanding more production while making food, healthcare...

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