Wednesday 2 December, 2020

‘Seriously’ Speaking: Lisa’s got spunk, while Mark is no hunk

Lisa Hanna

Lisa Hanna

Editor's Note: 

Just a reminder for the readers to appreciate that this opinion column is largely centred around lighthearted fun as its content, with as much focus on tickling the ribs as the minds.

So enjoy it if you can, but don't take it all too seriously, one way or the other, okay?

Say what you want about Lisa Hanna, she has star power.

Case in point: Hanna was on TVJ's All Angles discussing her current run for the People’s National Party (PNP) presidency. It was obvious that the fact that she won what was a former PNP bastion, ‘safe seat’ South East St Ann (SESA) by a mere 32 votes has become a major sticking point against her.

When asked about her margin of victory by veteran journalist, Dionne Jackson-Miller, Hanna shot back: “It’s not about a margin because if 32 of us did win by 32 votes we would be skinning our 32 teeth right now because we’d be in Government.”

BAM. BAM! Forget about losing the shade, Hanna just threw a whole mango tree at her detractors.

She is set to face St Andrew South Member of Parliament (MP) Mark Golding in the PNP presidential election on November 7.

Both candidates are well qualified and, most likely, will be unwaveringly dedicated to the PNP and the cause of uplifting the people of Jamaica. However, only one can win.

According to a poll conducted by Don Anderson and his team at Market Research Services Limited, Lisa Hanna and Mark Golding are separated by a Victoria Secret-thin margin.

Hanna was the choice for 46.2 per cent of respondents, who were asked to name the person they would prefer to lead the PNP at this time.

Golding is breathing heavily down her delicately carved neck, with 45.2 per cent of respondents identifying him as their choice to succeed Dr Peter Phillips.

Golding is in a pickle. He is intellectually sound, gracious, humble and a brilliant legislator and lawyer.

But he just may lacks the oomph. Maybe he just needs a great stylist and a few expensive Giorgio Armani suits, as has been perhaps hinted at by, most interestingly, his former Senate colleague, Floyd Morris, who is supposed to have been without his sight for decades now.

Or maybe Golding just needs to buy a few ‘boasy’ S-H-U-T to spruce up his wardrobe.

Mark Golding

But he does need a major soundbite or two before the race, and this Go For Golding marketing bit has been for some, as exciting as watching cement harden.

But on the other side of the coin, there is the not too pleasant factor of three councillors from SESA have rebelled against Lisa, while only one of his councillors has defected from Golding to the Hanna camp.

But you know what the great bard said? "Thrice is he armed that has his quarrel just', and Lisa appears to have some valid arguments about the problems in the South East St Ann constituency. She has contended that the problems there preceded her.

Could her approach have been different in dealing with the conflicts? Sure, but who cares?

I like Lisa because she breaks the rules; it is her USP (unique selling proposition).

In fact, I am glad that she likes to raise a little hell every now and then.

Only those people stuck in the 20th century don't think that Lisa has a real shot at winning. She is a lightning rod that energises a huge segment of the most critical block of voters, the youth, and is skilled in using multiple forms of new media.

And did I mention that she is easy to look at? Those hazel eyes... those deep dimples that stayed long after her smile had left. Sigh.

Hanna has the verve and vitality that the PNP currently needs in order to position itself as a viable alternative to the governing party.

Is she a more natural foil to BroGad economics? Maybe?

If the BroGad can put on a Clarks and win two elections, can you imagine if Lisa were to don a rider and step out to the masses?

The argument done! Mark Golding would need a major Brazilian bikini wax to achieve even a glimmer of a similar effect, for the ladies, that is.

More seriously though, this is a delicate time for the PNP, and as we watch the events unfold, we can see the pivot point of forces at work, as destiny's twisted chickens have come home to roost for the Opposition party. This is a singularly important race that will determine the future of the PNP.

What's gonna happen? Who knows? All I am sure of is that I will be ready to gather at the PNP HQ to strew rose petals in Hanna's path come November 7.

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