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Holness spurns national events

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Holness spurns national events


It seems now customary for the leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, to absent himself from national events. He missed the Grand Gala Independence ceremony two years in a row, and on Monday he was again missing in action from the National Honours and Awards ceremony.

Last week, in the midst of the chik-V epidemic, Holness was again missing from the meeting called by the prime minister to address the crisis. For all intents and purposes, it appears as if Mr Holness cannot handle the business of being leader of the Opposition, since he seems to have more pressing matters on his plate.

The truth is, this mass absence on the part of a government official, and leader of the Opposition at that, did not occur when Jamaica was most polarised during the era of Michael Manley and Edward Seaga's bloody politics (1976-1980).

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