…Jezebel has been trending rightfully, or not…….
Jamaican members of Parliament Lisa Hanna and Everald Warmington have been in the news recently for reasons that have led to controversial utterances. There are obvious difference regarding their political views because Hanna is a member of t he ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and Warmington is a member of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
However, many do not know what was said that triggered Warmington to resort to name calling. It is reported that he referred to Hanna as Jezebel. This utterance has been trending both locally and worldwide.
Utterances aside, have the citizens of their constituencies and Jamaica benefited from their time in office?
Here is a synopsis of their profiles
Lisa Rene Hanna is a Jamaican politician and former beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 1993, becoming the third Jamaican to win the title. A member of the governing People’s National Party, Hanna currently serves as Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South East and as Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture.
Lisa Hanna earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in communications from the University of the West Indies in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
The Honourable Lisa Rene Hanna has served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Southeast St Ann since 2007; she is the youngest female constituency representative in the governing People’s National Party. She was appointed Minister of Youth and Culture in the Cabinet of the Government of Jamaica in January 2012.
Clifford Everald Errol Warmington is a Jamaican politician with the Jamaica Labour Party. He has represented the South West Saint Catherine constituency in the Parliament of Jamaica since 2002.
He earned his early education at Browns Hall All-Age School and Saint Andrew Technical High School before going on to the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST; today the University of Technology, Jamaica). He became involved in politics early on in his life as the Vice-President of Young Jamaica and the Vice-President of the Student Council at CAST from 1974 to 1978.
Warmington was first elected to Parliament in the 2002 elections. In the 2007 elections, he faced off against Dennis Jones of the People’s National Party, winning by a sizeable 10,488 votes to Jones’ 7,244.
In February 2011, it came to light that Warmington had been a U.S. citizen at the time of his 2007 nomination, meaning that he was constitutionally ineligible to sit in Parliament; this was part of a widespread scandal in Jamaica involving MPs on both sides of the aisle, including Daryl Vaz, Michael Stern, Shahine Robinson, and Gregory Mair of the JLP and Sharon Hay-Webster and Ian Hayles of the PNP.
Warmington renounced his U.S. citizenship some time after, but in light of the revelations, he submitted his letter of resignation in March 2011. A by-election for his seat was scheduled for April 4, 2011; however, a truce between the PNP and the JLP allowed Warmington to run unopposed. Warmington returned to his seat but was not reappointed to the post of State Minister for Water and Housing.
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By Karl A. Haughton