Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
In an obvious swipe at those gunning for his position as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness says it takes one with strength to lead.
"There is a lot of talk out there, a lot of talk, and you might hear some of it about leadership ... but let me tell you something about leadership, it takes a strong leader to do what I do," Holness said while addressing party delegates at a workers' meeting in South St James on Sunday. "It takes a strong leader to stand up and face the electorate and the people and tell them the reality."
In defending what he describes as his strengths, Holness spoke to his rejection of curry-goat politics, Hollywood politics and his penchant for talking straight to the Jamaican people.
Said Holness: "It takes a strong leader to stand up to some of these people who believe they have some divine right to leadership, that they must always be in power."
News recently surfaced that Holness, who has been leader of the JLP since Bruce Golding's resignation in 2011, might be facing a challenge at the next party conference in November, with persons such as former finance minister and deputy leader, Audley Shaw, lining up to unseat him.