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Bunting and Phillips: pros and cons

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 12:20 AM


The decision-making process of selecting the better of two men to lead the People’s National Party is much the same as choosing between a rock and a hard place. I agree with attorney-at-law K.D. Knight when he said that Dr Peter Phillips is the “most experienced of the two”.

Yes, it is common knowledge that Dr Phillips has served in various capacities as a government minister. He can be rightfully referred to as a public servant who acted in a bureaucratic capacity. He was an effective finance minister and well respected as national security minister. He is an intellectual.

Peter Bunting, on the other hand, is less of an intellectual but is a successful businessman. His stewardship in managing money sets him apart. Both men lack the charisma of former prime ministers Michael Manley and Portia Simpson Miller. However, Bunting has the edge over Dr Phillips in relating to grass-roots Comrades.

Mr Bunting’s major deficit is his inexperience in foreign policy. This is a very important aspect of effective leadership, and he will have to be willing to work with the United States and adopt global crime-fighting strategies.


Kingston CSO