THE EDITOR, Sir:
Since the 2011 general election, Portia Simpson Miller has been alluding to Andrew Holness being her son and that she loves him. This became even more evident at the resumption of Parliament on Tuesday, when the prime minister gave Mr Holness a few words of comfort. Now, this is all good for Mr Holness, but is it good for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)?
Is Mrs Simpson Miller sympathising with Mr Holness because she sees potential in him and she hopes he gets a chance to lead the country? Or is it that she feels he would be a lightweight in the next general election compared to his imminent challenger, Audley Shaw? If I were Mrs Simpson Miller, I would want an opposition leader who is easily forget-table, thus providing me with a second term to make way for my successor.
Kill him with kindness
A mother will always provide love, comfort and guidance to her son until he gets in her way. Mrs Simpson Miller will kill Mr Holness with kindness and all the respect in the world until the time comes for her to give him another spanking to put him in his place.
As far as Mrs Simpson Miller is concerned, Holness' perceived transformational leadership will not cause as much damage to her administration as Mr Shaw's robust and rococo leadership will.
The JLP must not get too caught up with a fantasy and forget that the purpose of a political party is to win elections. As the Opposition looking to the next election, who would you prefer to lead, the responsibly silent son of the prime minister (Andrew), or the flamboyant candidate (Audley) who is able to win?
You must be in power to make the difference.