THE EDITOR, Sir:
Our two-party system and, by necessary implication, our democracy are in crisis because the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has not been demonstrating that it has a true leader in Andrew Holness, who obviously is only in charge of a part of the party, and the other part by Audley Shaw.
Whoever wins the pending election for leadership will not unite the party. Without such unity, there cannot possibly be a credible leader to be prime minister, and so Jamaica will, by implication, be a one-party state for the foreseeable future.
Holness shows potential, but has exhibited immaturity in asking for a referendum when the people's Parliament has the power to replace the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final appelate jurisdiciton.
With reference to Audley Shaw, who made a fine minister of finance, there is no evidence that he will provide better leadership than Holness. In fact, instead of working with the current leader, his challenge can only have the effect of revealing a divided party.
Some will, of course, defend the challenge as a necessary precedent, but it is my considered view that that is far outweighed by the disadvantage implicit in what I have said.
As a grandfather of the party and a proven philosopher and achiever, I think both Holness and Shaw should take counsel from Edward Seaga to unite the party against a one-party state. In this context, there is no guarantee that anyone would preside over a one-party state as satisfactorily as he did.