THE EDITOR, Sir:
While Parliament has sought to shrug off efforts aimed at regulating campaign financing, to the point where the former Electoral Commission of Jamaica Chairman, Dr Herbert Thompson, had to come out with some intriguing observations, the question of financing (albeit at a different level) has surfaced and is looming large in the current Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership contest.
It is apparent that the forces, both political and corporate, that are in support of Audley Shaw's bid to unseat Andrew Holness as JLP leader are awash with cash.
It is no wonder then that so many Jamaicans are pausing to question the motives and ultimate agenda of the heavy-spending Shaw backers.
The palpably lavish spend by persons campaigning for Audley Shaw demonstrates that they are completely out of touch with the plight of ordinary Jamaicans.
RACKING UP MILLIONS
I have no hesitation in betting that the vast majority of JLP delegates are in dire financial straits at this time. Ironically, while they are barely hanging on, Shaw's supporters are busy racking up bills in the millions of dollars.
How does the Shaw camp justify this gross misplacement of priorities? How does it explain to poor and suffering delegates their preoccupation with extravagant campaign spending?