The leaks just keep on coming. Today it is Dreadlock Phil-sta.
With Nandor Tanzcos leaving parliament and the Green party forgeting the stoner vote there is a real opportunity for Phil to appeal to the “grunge” and stoner demographic. When he joined the labour party in 1969 and through into the seventies he courted this demographic though without the trend-setting dreadlocks favoured today. This look could also appeal to the dirty hippy/surfer indigent masses that are currently un catered for in the parliament.
Rastafari language can also be used to great effect:
Instead of using me a lot, which is so 90s Phil can start using I which sound so much more authoritative.
I replaces “me”, which is much more commonly used inÂ Jamaican English than in the more conventionalÂ forms.Â Me is felt to turn the person into anÂ object whereasÂ I emphasises theÂ subjectivity of an individual.
Othher terms which could be useful are:
Idren orÂ Bredren andÂ Sistren refer to the oneness of Rastafari and are used to describe one’s peers (male – “bredren”, female – “sistren”).
Politricks is a Rasta term replacing English “politics”, because so many politicians, etc. turn out, they say, to be more like tricksters.Â Politrickster n.