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Impressed by PM Holness

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Let me start by saying I was never a supporter of PM Andrew Holness. As a leader, I found him weak, uncertain and petty. I was repulsed by the resignation letters he drafted for the senators, among other things, and was certainly not satisfied by the responses given to questions raised about his Beverly Hills Mansion.

Since his swearing in, I've been following the PM closely, listening to his speeches, and following his overseas trips. The PM seems genuinely interested in improving conditions in Jamaica. He has shown leadership, statesmanship and intellect since assuming office, something which was very lacking under the previous PNP Government.

During the recent PNP controversies, I noticed the PM kept his distance. He didn't ridicule or try to score cheap political points at the expense of the Opposition. Instead, he remained focused with the tasks at hand, many of which are critical.

The PM, unlike his predecessor in the last government, remains accessible to the press. His social media is also on point and current.

The PM's recent initiative to introduce fellowships at Jamaica House was also commendable. It is hoped this will encourage youth leadership and careers in the public service.

The country has been meeting IMF targets and Government seems committed to finding opportunities, which hopefully will grow the economy and release the stranglehold created by foreign entities like the IMF.