THE EDITOR, Sir:
As I read the article 'Opposition asleep while Gov't mismanages - Shaw', carried in The Daily Gleaner of September 16, 2013, I was forced to consider the potency of a quote carried by Mr Shaw: "Our mission must now be to rebuild our great party ... ."
It is no secret that leadership changes in Jamaica's two main political parties have had the tendency to be quite robust, filled with colourful expressions from opposing candidates towards each other, some even resulting in violent clashes among party supporters.
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), it would appear, has had the worst experience of the two parties in managing its leadership battles. This, however, is not the issue that comes home to me from reading the article but, as carried in Mr Shaw's quote, is the matter of "to rebuild our great party".
If one thinks back to changes of government, we will likely recall successive administrations accusing their predecessor of mashing up the country and, they, having now taken the reins of government, must rebuild, in order to move forward.
Evidently, this psyche of constantly having to rebuild stems from the root, which is our political parties. Frivolous as this cycle of perpetual rebuilding may seem to many, I am left to ponder how impacting the idea this constant rebuilding of party and country has had, and will continue to have, on Jamaica's development and achievement of Vision 2030.
While attacks may come across as mere rhetoric from their political platforms, it may very well be communicating a matter of great psychological import on the psyche of the nation. Are we stuck in a cycle of constantly rebuilding? When will we build on an existing foundation, as opposed to constantly creating new ones?
FABIAN E. SANCHEZ