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Holness a 'masked colonialist', says political commentator

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 5:19 AM
Andrew Holness

Political affairs commentator Dr Paul Ashely has labeled Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness a ‘masked colonialist’ and not the nationalist he has proclaimed himself to be.

In a letter to the media last week, Holness suggested that those seeking to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Jamaica’s final court are wasting political energy on the failed dreams of past generations.

Declaring himself a nationalist who puts Jamaica first, he insisted that the CCJ and other controversial issues be decided in a referendum.

However, Ashley says Holness is not a true nationalist as he has been silent on other issues including pushing for the removal of the Queen as Jamaica’s head of state.

 

Political affairs commentator Dr Paul Ashley

At his party conference last year, Holness said the Privy Council is one of Jamaica’s greatest assets.

Ashley is arguing that political expediency is at the root of the Opposition's stance on the CCJ, especially when consideration is given to how the political parties handled the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. 

He noted that the Charter has been the most fundamental change to the Jamaican Constitution but was never allowed to go before Jamaicans in a referendum. 

And he says the CCJ issue is not as fundamental, yet Holness is pushing for the matter to be put to a referendum. 

 

Political affairs commentator Dr Paul Ashley