THE EDITOR, Sir:Campaigning in the last general election, Andrew Holness said, inter alia, "It is now the task for my generation to lead." Translation: Andrew Holness would be different. Under challenge now from Audley Shaw, one wonders, where is the difference?
The new and different Andrew Holness now adheres to the old-style politics of his mentor, Edward Seaga, and Alexander Bustamante. Remember that Bustamante held on to the title of party leader even after his retirement, at the tender age of 81; in 1965. Seaga never did too badly either, serving as Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader for 31 years before being forced out in 2005 as a young and sprightly 75-year-old.
Now the new and different Andrew Holness appears to be opposed to a constitutional challenge from within his party à la Bustamante and Seaga.
So the JLP of 2013 is practising 70-year-old politics. Is it not surprising, then, that after over half of a century since Independence, Jamaica is as backward as it ever has been?
Moreover, when the leaders of this country are unwilling to adhere to rules and regulations, there can be no reasonable expectation that the average citizen should adhere to any laws. The principle being espoused by Andrew Holness, 'Babsy' Grange and Andrew Wheatley is that, if the rules are inconvenient, the answer should be to shunt them aside. This is an obvious recipe for corruption.
Mr Holness, it is now high time for a new politics. I encourage you to do the following:
1) Accept the challenge from Mr Shaw gracefully. Compete fairly and squarely, and may the better man win.
2) Support and endorse, unconditionally and unequivocally, the Government's call for a commission of enquiry into the Tivoli incursion.
3) Take the blame for the JLP's missteps under Bruce Golding's leadership in seeking to shield 'Dudus' from US prosecution, and override these.
4) Resolve in your heart and by your actions to be a real change agent.
Jamaica needs this. Failure so to do might genuinely warrant you to be described, as Portia Simpson Miller said, as an enemy of the State. Mind you, it might be the ultimate test of whether you can really change to accept the counsel of a Comrade. How about it, Andrew?