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Holness biggest liability to JLP

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Andrew Holness' reputation and credibility have been damaged, almost beyond repair. He has racked up an unenviable record of non-achievement since he took over the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Under his watch, the JLP was massively defeated in a general election and lost a local government by-election; he has had a unanimous judgment handed down against him by the Constitutional Court; has had his judgement seriously questioned, because he ordered the drafting of undated resignation letters, which, subsequently, each of the eight JLP senators signed; and having his name, once more, dragged through the mud because of his surprise decision to appeal the Constitutional Court's ruling.

While Holness isn't legally obligated to resign, morally and ethically, he should. Further, common sense would dictate that, if the JLP is to gain any semblance of recovery, in the aftermath of Holness' missteps, he must resign. The sooner, the better.

The longer Holness remains JLP leader, the less the party's chances of gaining new seats, much less realising a victory at the polls. Where is the honour in remaining in office after all the election losses and all the bad publicity your party has received as a result of your actions, Mr Holness?

When will you realise that you are the biggest liability for the JLP?