THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am no political scholar, nor am I a student of any social or democratic party. I consider myself as being among a number of well-thinking Jamaicans who wish for this country and its people well, in its social, economic and political activities.
A significant part of this wellness, I believe, lies in an effective opposition party, as it's all too well known that from a physics perspective, opposing forces (in balance) help to maintain equilibrium.
As an ardent supporter of the People's National Party (PNP), I am simply dismayed at the events unfolding within the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at this time, pertaining to the imminent leadership challenge. I am even more dismayed after reading Gordon Robinson's article in The Sunday Gleaner of September 2, 2013 titled 'Shaw putting self above party'.
It is sad to think that a challenge is perceived and spoken about as being a destructive activity albeit "at this time". Timing or no timing, the JLP has suffered from an image issue for the longest while, and for someone as supposedly learned as Mr Robinson to proffer that Mr Shaw should go aside and let the leadership remain is absurd. He has demonstrated quite clearly in his piece the very reason that the JLP remains an unattractive alternative for bright aspiring minds who are desirous of offering themselves for political service. It's because of the very same closed-door type "selective culture" of conducting business and installing persons that he is putting forward that continues to dog the image of the JLP. It continues to bar would-be leaders and shakers from getting an opportunity to shine in the party.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
What is even more disappointing is the personal nature of his article, where he alludes to 'Cash Man' as being the driver of ambitious Audley's move, as well as imply that this imminent challenge is about Mr Shaw's personal interest. What's the big deal about a democratic challenge if it materialises anyway? It really should not get personal.
Finally, unlike many of my peers/Comrades, I am not gloating over the present despicable carrying on by the JLP as it will only serve to weaken its ability to play the role of 'political police' for the PNP, thereby disrupting Jamaica's equilibrium even further.
I would hope that Mr Robinson took the time to read Ian Boyne's piece in the same publication titled 'Only Audley can tek it to Portia'. A breath of fresh air in objectivity.