THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is clear to me, in terms of performance, that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has been more effective in managing the affairs of the country than the People's National Party (PNP).
It is therefore disheartening to see that great party drift like a rudderless boat at sea. In the two years since the 2011 elections, the Labour Party has in effect been a side note to all the relevant issues of the day. In a time where honest stridency is needed to keep the Government honest, the Opposition has been failing miserably.
I like Mr Andrew Holness and believe that he genuinely wants the best for his country. However, just as when you are in a relationship and love the person, if they are insecure, jealous and stubborn, among other things, there will come a time when you just have to pull the plug on the relationship.
I believe that this is the case within the JLP. The message that I consistently hear from persons from all walks of life is that we like Andrew, but he's just not a leader. So where does that leave the party?
Audley Shaw has indicated that he will be consulting the delegates of the Labour Party with respect to running for leadership of the party.
I believe Mr Shaw owes it to the country and to his party to step up to the plate and take control of the Labour Party. I suspect that it pains Mr Shaw to have to take this action as he loves his party dearly and would never want to do anything that would be viewed as divisive. However, in times of crisis, leaders lead. This is a time of crisis.