THE EDITOR, Sir:
An African friend of mine once shared a Sudanese proverb with me. It says, "He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk". Mr Holness' divisive and childish campaign rhetoric has caused me to now hold the firm view that he should, in the interest of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the country, withdraw from the party's leadership race. After all, he is just taking a walk, is way out of his depth, and is only hurting himself.
Mr Holness' comments have only reinforced to everyone the poor leader that he is. I shudder to say, but I believe the Jamaican people were wise to reject him as, with his sorry performance as opposition leader, I believe he may have been equal to, or worse than, Prime Minister Simpson Miller had he been elected.
SOMETHING GONE AWRY
He, like Mrs Simpson Miller, doesn't seem to understand that the buck stops with the leader and, judging by the strong showing and broad scale of support for Audley Shaw's leadership bid, it is obvious that something has gone terribly awry in the JLP.
Seeing so many of the party's youth leaders either managing Mr Shaw's campaign or taking a neutral position, for example, speaks volumes!
Instead of espousing continuously on why he should lead and the plans he has, if he has any, Mr Holness seems hung up on saying that people are undermining him, that some don't like him, that some should be blamed for the party's failings, that some have money, that some have ulterior motives, all wrapped up in an escalating attack binge against Mr Shaw and his supporters - all JLP, by the way.
This is not transformational leadership in any sense of the word. It really is pathetic.