Newspaper Representations of Portia Simpson-Miller's Abstention in Parliament and Westminster Politics in Jamaica
IDEAZ, Vol. 8, 2009-2010
13 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2009
In 2004 there was a fierce and intense debate in the Jamaican media in general and the major newspapers in particular about whether the Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson-Miller who was then a government minister and member of parliament (MP) acted inappropriately by abstaining on an Opposition resolution in Parliament criticizing a shortage of funds to the fire service. The purpose of this article is to deconstruct the representations of Portia Simpson-Miller's abstention in Parliament in The Jamaica Gleaner and The Jamaica Observer newspapers in 2004 and what the representations reveal about Jamaican politics.
Keywords: Representations, Westminster, Jamaica, Collective Responsibility, Newspaper
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