THE EDITOR, Sir:
What a bangarang it would be if after the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) internal election is done the country is left with party leader Audley Shaw and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness.
Sounds unlikely, but it is quite possible and is a scenario that I would love The Gleaner to get political minds to discuss.
If Shaw is successful in getting the majority of the approximately 5,000 delegates to vote for him, what will happen to the post of leader of the Opposition?
The delegates will be electing a party leader, but it is the 21 opposition members of parliament who indicate to the governor general who should serve as the leader of the Opposition.
With the seeming sharp divide among the opposition MPs - so far I count six who have publicly voiced their support for Andrew Holness and three who have come out in support of Shaw - it will be interesting to see how the others will vote.
There is the possibility that the opposition MPs will all line up behind the winner, making this a non-issue.
However, it could be a case, I think unprecedented in Jamaica, where the opposition leader and the leader of the party that forms the opposition are not one and the same.
The JLP has, in the past, given us two instances where the prime minister and the party leader were not one and the same, as Sir Alexander Bustamante remained JLP leader even while Hugh Shearer and Donald Sangster served as prime minister.