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Prime Minister The Hon. Simpson Miller in an impromptu speech to the staff of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office this morning (March 31, 2006) at Jamaica House, said that she would bring her own style of leadership to the Office. She said that they should expect to see her making unannounced visit to their desks.
The new Prime Minister who was accompanied by her husband, Mr. Errald Miller, was met by the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, Dr. The Hon. Carlton Davis and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Patricia Sinclair McCalla. Several staff members congregated in the lobby of Jamaica House to welcome her.
Hinting at what the staff could expect of her, the Prime Minister said that while she would accept full responsibility when things go wrong she would break with the tradition of politicians accepting blame for the mistakes of the bureaucracy. She said that she intended to tell the country when the bureaucracy was at fault.
The Prime Minister repeated what she said on several occasions that she would protect the legacies of former Prime Ministers.
The Hon. Portia Simpson Miller was sworn in as Jamaica’s seventh Prime Minister yesterday (March 30, 2006) at Kings House. She succeeds the Most Hon. Percival James Patterson who retired from public office yesterday.
Earlier this morning, the new Prime Minister attended the Swearing-in Ceremony of her 14-member Cabinet at Kings House.