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Holness lacks stability of mind and character

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Bible declares: "a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8).

Such seems to be the case of the leader of the opposition, Andrew Holness.

It might appear keen to the average eye for him to appeal the Constitutional Court's ruling regarding Mr Williams and Dr Tufton's reinstatement to the Senate. But to me it shows moral deficiency.

Why does it? As one who aspires to be the prime minister of this country, he lacks stability of mind and character.

First, he was solemnly (or was he) apologising for his error, acknowledging his wrong in using the undated, pre-signed resignation letters to oust Williams and Tufton.

And then, all of a sudden, he's exuberantly appealing! His apology was, therefore, in my estimation, a fabricated political manoeuvre which had no depth of sincerity. Most politicians often adapt to any attitude that may win the favour of the populace, even if they don't mean it.

And even if, initially, Mr Holness were rationally recanting his position to have booted the senators, based on the salience of the court's arguments, as a leader, shouldn't he have first sought the legal advice on the ruling before making a public statement?

This sort of mistrust and wobbly leadership does not befit one whom Jamaica needs for its transformation; but rather highlights, if I may borrow from Mr Holness' 'so-called' apology to Williams and Tufton at the recent gathering at the Boulevard Baptist Church, a 'regrettable embarrassment'.

Let your yea be yea, and your nay be nay.

JERMAINE F. JOHNSON