THE EDITOR, Sir:
Since it is now obvious that the policy which Audley Shaw plans to follow, if elected leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), would be a precise copy of the one currently being followed by Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness, it is obvious that the issue which has precipitated Shaw's challenge must either be: the delivery of the policy, an attempt by rich sponsors to plant a more compliant leader, or pure and simple 'bad mind'.
Incidentally, it could be a mixture of all three, in light of the absurd explanations Shaw's teammates have given for opposing Holness.
Those who oppose Holness must either be thinking that he will not be able to articulate the policy well enough to convince Jamaicans, and that Shaw would do a better job. Or, they are jealous of one of two things: (1) That if Holness succeeds in selling it to the electorate, at the age of 41, he could end many of these detractors' perishing dream of one day leading the party. (2) They may feel that he is not mature enough to lead them and therefore doesn't deserve another chance of becoming prime minister.
This probably explains why the leaders of the JLP who have survived for significant periods have been strong-handed, like Bustamante and Seaga, and why the party has tried to avoid the pitfalls of internal democracy in such an egocentric environment.
I believe in the wisdom of the JLP delegates who will make the decision and, therefore, I do not expect them to be convinced by Shaw's hype and 'pie in the sky' plans.
But, just in case they are persuaded otherwise, I wish to advise Holness that, whatever happens after November 11, he will be remembered as the only prime minister who was honest enough to warn the electorate of the bitterness of an ensuing structural adjustment, and the only one, so far, brave enough to attempt a more decent, honest and cerebral type of leadership.