KINGSTON – Jamaica Labour Party leader
Andrew Holness last evening stridently defended his
stewardship at the helm of the party.
Noting that he has been nothing but a good leader,
Holness said those criticising him of being a laissezfaire
leader were always privy to his plans
for the party.
The party leader told a gathering at yesterday’s JLP
Area Council One meeting that he had outlined a clear
strategy for the 70-year-old political movement to take
back the Government after its massive defeat at the
polls in 2011.
He said he refused to engage in what he described
as the “rae-rae politics” and decided to work on the
party’s fundamental issues.
“I took a different strategy as leader of the party,
instead of making a whole heap a noise, we took the
time, and we organised,” he said.
Holness said this was an attempt to appeal to the
independent members of the electorate.
Appealing to the JLP delegates, Holness implored
them to question, between him and his challenger,
Audley Shaw, who would be better at attracting that
section of the population that usually stays away from
“Ask yourselves who would be best at getting the
uncommitted votes in this country. If you really want
to win, then you need to ask yourselves who really can
bring uncommitted voters to the Jamaica Labour Party
… who really represents the transformation that the
entire Jamaica is looking for,” Holness noted.
Meanwhile, speaking at the meeting at the Girl’s
Guide Headquarters in Kingston, JLP treasurer Karl
Samuda said he broke ranks as an executive member
of the party to attend the area council meeting to
Samuda said he was compelled to do this, as he
believes that Holness is the best candidate to lead the
party at this time.
Dismissing criticisms that he does not have “winability”,
Holness noted that history had proven that he
had what it takes to stave off any challenge, and he was
shocked by news of a leadership race.
“When I heard the rumours that there were
thoughts to contesting the leader, challenging the
leader, I said ‘this cannot be true’ because collectively
at the leadership of the party, at the level of the
shadow cabinet, we ah agreed on a strategy going
forward,” he said.
Samuda said the current challenge has derailed this
strategy, which was to accelerate the party’s attack on
the People’s National Party when they were at their
weakest. (Jamaica Gleaner)