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Letter of the Day | Bunting and Golding Step Forward

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The People's National Party (PNP) is not looking like an alternative to the Government or, even worse, it does not seem to possess the individuals who are intellectually capable of contributing meaningfully to the country's development at any level. Frankly, the PNP has become intellectually bankrupt.

Save for Peter Bunting and Mark Golding, there is nobody in the PNP who is comparable to the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Andrew Holness, Marlene Malahoo Forte, Kamina Johnson Smith or Fayval Williams, just to name a few. Those on the opposition benches have been made to look irrelevant in both Houses when compared to those on the government benches. It is like the sight one sees when a piece of chicken has been left for too long in hot oil - badly burnt, so much so that it is not presentable to anyone but dogs hungry for bone.

For the sake of Jamaica, its democracy and development, the PNP needs to take a page from the JLP and begin the process of finding its feet, even if there is fallout and chaos at some point, and that process needs to start with the replacement of Portia Simpson Miller as leader.

She has been the worst prime minister Jamaica has ever had and does not seem to possess the intellect and political skills necessary to move Jamaica forward by any measure. Stakeholders of the PNP who are honest with themselves would be the first to admit that.

 

A BIG MOVE

 

With a vacancy for president of the PNP, Peter Bunting should offer himself or challenge the now-mundane Portia Simpson Miller. He is intellectually capable, responsible and has time to develop and find his footing. He is a little rough on certain edges - as was Andrew Holness, who is now seen as a beacon for hope and prosperity - but that as a factor should not be enough to constrain him by any stretch of the imagination, especially when one considers the incumbent president.

As for Mark Golding, I am happy he has stepped out of his cimfort zone, similarly to what Fayval Williams of Eastern St Andrew has done. In fact, she should be an inspiration for him to move into representational politics.

Golding offering himself a candidate for South St Andrew is a big move. It is a tough constituency, but again, if Fayval can do it, so can he. Both talk in technical terms, both have very high work ethic and both are bright people.

Finally, both Bunting and Golding need to make bold steps, as they have done in the past, and partner with each other to make the PNP a better political party.

Neville Williams

willnevillejm@gmail.com