They might as well join the PNP
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Somehow, I don't think the news that Joan Gordon-Webley has decided to leave the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and join the People's National Party (PNP) should come as a shock to most. Like several other former JLP members, I suspect that Mrs Gordon-Webley wanted to be in a party that has some chance of winning state power in their lifetime.
Let's be real here: The JLP really doesn't look like it can ever win state power anytime in the foreseeable future. We recently have one senior member calling on the party leader to quit in the public's interest. We have another warning one prospective MP to stay out of "his" constituency. And, of course, we will always be entertained by Everald Warmington, among other JLP soap opera acts.
I suppose that Mrs Gordon-Webley was encouraged to join the PNP after taking much note of the advances that other former JLP members have had since making the switch. She may have been impressed by the rapid rise of Lloyd B. Smith to House deputy speaker; Lisa Hanna's rise to a minister; or Lambert Brown's elevation to the Senate as good reasons to not rot away into oblivion in the JLP.
Now, I know that some PNP members may not be too happy with the prospect that they may be overlooked for Mrs Gordon-Webley by the PNP in its quest to get candidates, but such is politics. We really can't blame Mrs Gordon-Webley for trying, now can we? After all, who really wants to stay on a sinking ship?
MICHAEL A. DINGWALL