Beenie Man's baby mother, Krystal Tomlinson apologises for comparing PM Holness to Adolf Hitler

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krystal-tomlinson.jpgPresident of the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), Krystal Tomlinson - who is also the mother of a child for entertainer, Beenie Man - has offered an apology of sorts for having likened Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday.

In her opening tweet, Tomlinson said: "Holness' track record suggests that he is a prime minister who has scant regard for the court, the constitution and the separation of powers doctrine. Reminds me of Adolph Hitler and his approach to designing a 'New' Germany. Just be a big man and admit you were wrong, Mr Holness."

The tweet suggested that Tomlinson was referring, in particular, to the Constitutional Court's striking down in April of the controversial National Identification and Registration (NIDS) law, after deeming it to be in breach of the constitutional rights of Jamaicans.

Twitter user - 'IslandNeophyte' - responded by warning Tomlinson that she should "delete that tweet before you are called to make a public apology to the prime minister and your country."

Another user pointed to the fact that Tomlinson had spelled Hitler's first name incorrectly ('Adolph' instead of 'Adolf') as a reasonable basis to conclude that she really did not know of the man's history and what she was actually delving into in making the comparison.

While she did not directly apologise to Holness, Tomlinson expressed regret for having made the comparison. "On Wednesday, May 15, I made a tweet which drew a comparison between the constitutional violations of the Andrew Holness-led team of public servants and those of Adolf Hitler. ......I recognised that this comparison has caused great discomfiture to persons across the spectrum - from those with political interests to those who are casual observers of the governance process in this country."

"In my experience as a student of political science and communications, I accept that comparative analyses lose their effect when the audience is too disturbed by the reference to consider the possible merits of an argument.

"I would like to put on record my unequivocal apology for any offence that may have been taken to the tweet, and for conjuring up any painful images of the result of the Hitler regime, which concluded with devastating genocide, second only to what my family endured during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was not my intent."

The PNPYO president has, however, pledged to continue to express her perceptions of Holness' patterns of leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government without any further reference to the Nazi leader.