THE EDITOR, Sir:
Speaking at one of this 'consultation' meetings at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay, St James, Audley Shaw effectively nullified the platform on which he is seeking to be elected as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
He admitted that operational inefficiencies and breakdown in aspects of the party organisation cannot be blamed on Andrew Holness. While Shaw's honesty in this regard is admirable and commendable, what it does is to highlight the unwarranted and superfluous rationale he has given as his reason for seeking to contest the leadership of the party at this time.
If the foregoing is the case, and it most certainly is, and since Audley has admitted collective responsibility for the breakdown of the critical aspect of the party's operations, it is demonstrably clear that what the party needs is not a removal of Andrew Holness as leader of the party. What the JLP needs now is a serious redoubling of the efforts to restore the structures of the party and give the party strategic advantage in terms of its operations.
Audley, in acknowledging the existence of certain internal weaknesses, asked: "What are we going to do about the situation?"
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He should well be advised that efforts at correcting the shortcomings that persist have already begun. As a matter of fact, those efforts are well in train.
Recall, when Holness assumed the reigns of leadership, the party was in the midst of a full-blown general election campaign. Immediately thereafter, a local government election campaign was in the offing. To his eternal credit, the party leader commissioned the strategic review and went on to facilitate a delegate's conference in November 2012, instead of the usual mega staging of a conference at the National Arena.
The report from the strategic review will be released quite shortly (certainly before our November conference).
So it is quite evident that efforts at addressing the very issues Mr Shaw is seeking to highlight are well under way. The reform process must be allowed to work. Mr Holness must be allowed to mould the party. A mighty lot has been achieved in the very short space of time (22-23 months) he has been at the helm.