THE EDITOR, Sir:
I think that Andrew Holness could, eventually, emerge as Jamaica's most important post-Independence prime minister, but that is if his party, and Jamaicans in general, will allow him.
I see a greater potential in Holness than there was in either Michael Manley or Edward Seaga.
Seaga had creativity and vision, which led him to pioneer the Festival movement, economic legacies like the Urban Development Corporation, and making Marcus Garvey Jamaica's first national hero.
Manley made a bold effort at combining Bustamante's passion for protecting the working class, and his father, Norman Manley's, vision of economic independence.
They were patriots, but they failed to accomplish their main objectives, primarily because the society did not grasp the value of their contribution and the need to complete their mission.
Now, Holness has offered himself as a transformational leader, to change the political, social and economic mindset of Jamaicans and this system which forces so many of our young people into making the wrong decisions.
He, obviously, recognises the importance of the transformation needed to turn around the economy, patch the torn social fabric, and give hope to the youth.
He started the process in education by mainstreaming technical education, repositioning HEART Trust/NTA and NCTVET programmes, and advancing education transformation in a non-partisan and non-tribal way.
I believe that he can eventually carry this process into the political field, offering an alternative to the type of politics that has dominated Jamaica over 51 years of Independence.
The JLP needs to give him the support he needs to challenge the system and create a more just society and a better economy.