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EDITORIAL- Rescuing G2K?

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Floyd Green, the young attorney who last weekend assumed the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) affiliate, G2K, has, so far, been making encouraging statements.

He has among his priorities, for instance, the establishment of a multi-sectoral committee, not only of persons who support the JLP, but to help the organisation empirically sort through policy issues that, ultimately, are of interest to his party.

The current administration's plan to take Jamaica into the Caribbean Court of Justice and have the island become a republic, with a non-executive president as head of state, are two of the issues that Mr Green, 30, has in mind for such analysis and review.

"We are not just going to say what we feel, we are going to try to see if we can research first," he said.

Just maybe then Mr Green will be able to rescue and revive G2K, once an intellectually promising organisation, before it was brought low by its recently exited and unlamented president, Delano Seiveright.

Born in the ferment of the new millennium, G2K's founders were aspirational, modern, largely post-partisan thinkers concerned with exploring pathways to help Jamaica's entry into, and survival in, the 21st century. They were ideologically and politically aligned to, but not enslaved by, the JLP. Ideas and thought counted.

Then came Mr Seiveright, a man of youth, swaddled in the cloth of an old politics. He was a divisive partisan who led G2K into an evolutionary cul-de-sac, then blamed its intellectual regression and new muscled existence on a need to man the political ramparts in defence of a party and government lurching from crisis to crisis.

Analysts of the People's National Party's return to government in last December's general election would not be unreasonable to count Mr Seiveright and G2K as an unintended asset of the now ruling party.

Mr Green makes clear that G2K supports the broad policies and principles of the JLP. But its status as affiliate, rather than organ of the party, gives it independence to speak publicly on issues, disagree when necessary and suggest directions in which it believes the JLP should go.

That, we hope, will be the result of deep thought and sound analysis.

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