THE EDITOR, Sir:
In an ideal (political) world, it would neither be 'right' nor 'necessary' for anyone to challenge Andrew Holness, for leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party - even in a democratic party - since that could possibly create 'political opportunities' for the the governing party to exploit.
In the current Jamaican situation, however, it may well be in the best democratic interest of country and party for Audley Shaw and any other aspirants for leadership in the JLP to make their move.
What is important now is that both leaders, and their supporters, should succeed in fulfilling their stated commit-ment to the democratic process, and to campaigning with mutual respect and civility.
Meanwhile, just a few additional words of advice for Messrs Shaw and Holness.
1. Beware of the kingmakers who continually push and pull you toward becoming supreme ruler - under their auspices, or with their support, whether you like it or not.
They will expect you to 'pay them' for their 'services' and to ultimately acknowledge that since they 'made you king', they (should) control you.
No need to 'fear' them.
Rather, fear Yahweh, Elohim, Yahshua (the Creator). He is the one who sets up kings and puts them down - regardless of who wants to take credit.
2. It really is time to have a new kind of politics - regardless of the natural desire of so many, to divide and rule, while profiting from continuous 'war' in the seemingly inevitable struggles between good and evil.
3. Mr Shaw, you should not expect Mr Holness to surrender the leadership to you without campaigning while you consult with delegates. Nor should you be surprised by his display of controlled aggression in the face of a challenge.
Mr Holness may be a quiet man. But that does not mean he is either dead, or without skill as a political fighter.
4. Finally, it is probably a good thing for the JLP to heed Mr Holness' advice that "when a government is falling", the (sensible) thing (for the JLP) to do is to get out of the way.
CARLTON A. GORDON