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'Defeat has made him more mature'

Published:Monday | November 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A GOOD start on the road to recovery was how political commentator Kevin O'Brien Chang labelled the speech delivered by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness at the party's annual conference yesterday.

While claiming that the JLP has been guilty in the past of "being suicidal" in not listening to delegates, Chang said the recent defeat at the polls seemed to have shaken the party leader in the right direction.

"In the past, the JLP has been somewhat dictatorial and seemed to know what is good for the people. He has got a few defeats and this has made him more mature. Defeat oftentimes makes you a better person and we saw some elements of that," Chang told The Gleaner yesterday.

"What he said about listening to the delegates shows common sense and it is a good start on the road to recovery."

Additionally, Chang said from his utterances, Holness seemed more positioned to make his presence as leader of the party more pronounced.

In the meantime, Chang said talks of undertaking a comprehensive reform of the social protection programme as declared by Holness in his speech must be given consideration.

"It is widely acknowledged that the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) does not get to the people most in need, so it was a very good thing for him to say," he said.