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Letter of the day: Zigzagging Holness is confused and confusing

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Andrew Holness, the leader of the Opposition, is on a path to self-destruction if he's not replaced or once and for all, stand up and matter.

It would have been OK, perhaps, if the destruction was only in relation to himself but, sadly, any such event has implications for the wider society. Pity!

In one instance he declares the Privy Council as one of Jamaica's "greatest assets" (2014 conference), the next minute, he proclaims he is a nationalist!

Jackie Chan, in one of his famous movies, had questioned, publicly, "Who am I?". Assuming he's interested, Holness should ask himself this question, publicly, too! I will not take the risk to assume he has done so. In the meantime, Paul Ashley is right: Holness, you are a 'masked colonialist'.


No post-Independence distinction


Holness has been everything except consistent and considered since taking over the leadership of the JLP. What can he point to as his most profound contribution to the party and the Opposition since taking over? Where is that economic council?

True, he has faced resistance in his party, but when is that new? How has he sought to deal with those things? He pays lip service to being a post-Independence leader but his style of politics does not suggest any distinction.

Now, with this Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)-Privy Council matter, recognising he has lost the debate, Holness is playing up the nationalism card to impress who? Fine, you are against the CCJ unless decided on in referendum. What if Jamaicans vote yes to retaining the Privy Council? How will that square with British desires to have us unburden their taxpayers?

Holness has failed to articulate a sustainable alternative should Jamaica find itself in that embarrassing position. Oh, right, the Privy Council is 'a national asset'.

Holness had such promise, he may still do, but hardly is anybody impressed, so far, with his ideas and actions. It's the same with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Holness and his band criticise the IMF, but present no practical, suitable alternatives.

In essence, if Andrew Holness becomes prime minister tomorrow, there's no indication he will be decisive and practical, sensible even.