THE EDITOR, Sir:
If it were experience alone that would decide the JLP leadership contest, Andrew Holness would indeed be out of his league. If it were only the ability to drum up the party's base, Holness would be out of his league. If it were presence and vocality that decided, again he would be out of his league. The question then, is, "What makes Holness a viable opponent?"
My opinion is that we have been looking at this all wrong, questioning what makes Shaw a viable candidate. Mr Shaw has proven himself in his handling of the economy, his service as an officer of the party and his ability to motivate the voting class. It is Mr Holness who needs to justify his candidacy after failing at the polls and failing as opposition leader. Surely his best justification cannot be youthfulness, as the youthfulness of Shaw's character can never be doubted.