THE EDITOR, Sir:With all the rumours flying around that the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) may be challenged, it must be asked if anything like that could really happen anytime soon. Who else in the JLP can take over the reins of leadership at this time?
Let's not fool ourselves. Less than two years ago, the top brass of the JLP decided that no one else but the current leader was fit to be in charge of the party. Without even giving the delegates an opportunity to decide, they squeezed in Mr Holness, hoping that he would have brought victory for the party.
When it became clear that the electorate saw through the ruse, and the JLP was handed a crushing defeat, members began grumbling - and are still grumbling. Why? It's not like much has changed since then.
As far as I can see, all the possible alternatives to Mr Holness are not worthy to lead the JLP. The top contender, Mr Audley Shaw, presided over 14 consecutive quarters of economic decline. If he couldn't successfully manage a single ministry, how on Earth is he going to oversee all of them?
As for the rest of them, there isn't much hope either. Far too many of them are way over the hill already - and I'm not just talking about age, but how they think. Those who aren't over the hill have yet to prove themselves. The JLP clearly doesn't have an alternative leader, and it knows that the rest of us know this fact.
While Mr Holness may have been a reasonably good education minister, he is not prime minister material - at least not yet. All is not lost for him, though. The JLP still has quite a few more years in Opposition - maybe five to 10 more. So Mr Holness can use that time to navigate that learning curve to convince the rest of us that he is a worthy prime minister.
Mr Holness need not worry. He may not be the best leader, but he is still way ahead of the rest in the JLP.