THE EDITOR, Sir:
One cannot help but wonder if leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness actually understands what the party needs at this point in time. The impending leadership challenge will mobilise and enliven the voices of thousands of delegates - actively - for the first time in decades.
For too long, the delegates have been relegated to
The delegates have a constitutional right to choose their leader and to choose in a democratic and transparent process who will lead their cause. Why would you want to fight that process? Why would you want to frustrate what ought to be a healthy process for the party? Audley Shaw is as credible and deserving a challenger as any in the party, and whether he wins or loses, the point is that it was the delegates, the grass roots, and the base of the party who will finally decide.
For an institution to be democratic, it must first satisfy the
I urge Mr Holness and the other members of the party to welcome this challenge because it is not the challenge that will bring divisiveness in the party, but how the process is handled.