18 Aug PHILLIPS RESPONDS TO COMMENTS MADE IN NW St Ann
Kingston, Jamaica – August 15, 2017: I note with deep concern the controversy surrounding remarks I made at the constituency conference in NW St. Ann last Sunday. Most disturbing is the suggestion that I was insensitive to the illness of my parliamentary colleague, Minister Derrick Smith, with whom I have always been in contact and who knows the high esteem in which I hold him and his family.
At that conference, my purpose was simply to highlight the need for Party preparedness in light of the very slender margin separating the two parties and the possibility of either by-elections or general elections.
It certainly was not my intention to make light of the illness being suffered by the Hon. Derrick Smith, rather it was to highlight the uncertainties of the current political environment and the need to prepare for any eventuality.
If unintentionally I have caused any offense to Minister Smith or his family, I apologize unreservedly.