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Shaw/supporters should know that political losses have consequences, says Boyne

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Gleaner columnist Ian Boyne says Audley Shaw and his supporters must recognise that political losses have consequences.

He says with the loss comes weakened power and influence over the determination of outcomes.

Boyne’s comments follow yesterday’s rejection of a Shadow Cabinet appointment by Shaw who failed in his bid to unseat Andrew Holness as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Shaw and one of his supporters, Edmund Bartlett, rejected their appointments demanding that Holness first address concerns about the nomination of deputy leaders.

Shaw also alleged that Holness was seeking to axe another of his key supporters, Dr Christopher Tufton, from the Senate.

However, Boyne argues that Shaw needs to understand that he does not have the power to make certain kinds of demands in the wake of the failed leadership bid.

Boyne says while Holness must take primary responsibility for unifying the JLP, it is reasonable to expect that the leader will choose to work with people he’s comfortable with.

A member of the People’s National Party (PNP) has commented on the latest developments within the ranks of the Jamaica Labour Party.

PNP parliamentarian Dr Dayton Campbell in a tweet this morning accused Shaw and Bartlett of being out of order in issuing an ultimatum to Holness following the unsuccessful challenge.

Of the seven spokespersons who supported Shaw, only two were brought back into the new shadow cabinet announced by Holness yesterday.


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