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JLP circus act

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 11:35 AM


The Gleaner editorial on August 13, 2015, 'The JLP in baggy trousers and lipstick', was spot on. The constant infighting and questions surrounding the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership and direction of the party have become a real circus, as pointed out in the editorial.

The JLP has become a poppy show, not even a main act. This is so unfortunate for the electorate, which no longer has a credible alternative to the Government.

Every few weeks, there is some form of leadership challenge. An organisation that has to keep questioning its leadership, yet continuing as is, is not dealing with the root problem. It would have been better if Andrew Holness did the right thing, in the national interest, and stepped aside, allowing the party to regain focus and reorganise itself.

As the editorial pointed out, the circus metaphor is hurting the party badly. And it is largely caused by Mr Holness and his poor leadership over the years. Imagine how he would fare as prime minister for a term if he can't even manage his own political party and command respect from those he is supposed to be leading!