THE EDITOR, Sir:
I cannot understand the position of some officers of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), led by the general secretary, Horace Chang, in trying to avert the expected democratic process of a leadership challenge within the party.
Does Mr Holness not have any control over his party? And why does it appear that 'Babsy' Grange, Everald Warmington and Andrew Wheatley are the de facto leaders of the party, pushing a very dictatorial agenda? Where does Mr Holness really stand?
The leadership of the party must recognise that if the machinery and base of the party are not motivated to go out and work for the JLP, they will not be able to win the next election, no matter how 'self-destructing' the People's National Party (PNP) is at the moment. We have seen that happen over the 1990s.
An internal challenge will bring the decision-making to the people who matter most, the core of the JLP, the delegates of the party. If the delegates of the party make up the highest decision-making body within the JLP, why have they not been allowed to seriously choose a leader?
JLP delegates have never seriously voted for a leader, but have been given anointed leaders, who have been chosen by a select few who feel they know exactly what everyone is thinking and who the populace is drawn to.
If Mr Holness is desired by the majority of the delegates, he will be returned as leader by them. If he is not the desired leader, he will be rejected by the delegates of the party. However, this can only be confirmed by way of the ballot.
The leadership of the JLP should resist any temptation to take away the decision-making rights of the ordinary Jamaicans who make up the highest body within their party. It sends a double-standard message that democracy is good for the country, but internally, a select few, who are normally more well-off, 'run tings'.
I'm sure that's not the message they want delivered when this 'wicked and uncaring' PNP government 'fly di gate'.