People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) President, Krystal Tomlinson, is being jeered on social media over the weekend, after she released statistics and a graph from anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, which showed that the perception of corruption in Jamaica was higher when the now Opposition PNP was in Government.
Tomlinson posted the graph to her Twitter account showing that between 2012 and 2015, when the Portia Simpson Miller Administration was in office, Jamaica had three consecutive scores of 38, then 41, on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), with the score improving to 43 and 44 in 2018 and 2019 with the Andrew Holness Administration in charge of governing the nation’s affairs.
The higher a country scores on the CPI, the least the perception of corruption.
Scores of Twitter users flocked Tomlinson’s post which she captioned: “Jamaica is seen as the fourth most corrupt country in the region. #Bahamas and #Barbados are seen as the two least corrupt. But this graph is worth a look as well.”
One Twitter user said to the PNPYO president, “You realise this looks bad on the PNP, right?
“Closer to 0 means more corrupt, while closer to 100 means more transparent. Look at the text on the left of the image.”
Another Twitter user said to Tomlinson: “You just gave the JLP the perfect talking point, the graph shows that corruption is much less under the JLP than the PNP. You just scored an own goal,” while others questioned her ability to read the graph and analyse numbers.
Tomlinson has since doubled down on her controversial post, which is understood to have drawn the ire of some senior members of the PNP.
In response, the PNPYO president, who is to represent the PNP in West Rural St Andrew in the next General Election against the JLP’s Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, posted another tweet with the comment: “Wait, did I tweet something controversial again?”
Tomlinson continued: “Why the truth affi be a problem? Or was I expected to conceal the part that’s not beneficial to my party? 😳 I’m a fair woman (at least I’d like to think I am), so please prepare ur heart for when I depart from the partisan line.”
From Tomlinson’s own response, it is clear that it was not her first or second such public blunder on the political stage.