Why oppose this one, Holness?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

I was more than dismayed when I listened the Leader of Opposition Andrew Holness and those who support him stating categorically that they would not support the team set up by the Government of Jamaica to oversee the 360-megawatt project which would bring cheap electricity to the Jamaican people.

In one of the now regular weekly press conferences to promote himself as an effective leader, Holness said the JLP will not support the team. This team is being led by Vin Lawrence and other reputable people, and supported by members of the private sector organisation. On what basis is the JLP not supporting the team? Are they saying to us that the private sector is in cahoots with the Government to do something untoward?

I am still trying to understand what is the rationale for Holness and his team to have arrived at such a stance given that the team has not even met. Who called for the previous committee to be resolved and who called for the licence to be revoked?

I am therefore convinced that the Jamaica Labour Party means the people and this country no good, and so at all cost they are trying to become a stumbling block. What do they want? I liken their behaviour to that of children on a playground. Is this a delay tactic by the JLP?

I say to the prime minister, on with the project that will bring cheaper electricty to the people of Jamaica, with or without the support of the JLP. Do not allow the JLP to derail the project in an effort to score cheap political points.

I hear Don Wehby of GraceKennedy saying that if we can get the cost of electricty down, he can triple his manufacturing here in Jamaica. Is this not what the JLP wants? Is Holness not concerned about the struggling households which suffer the high electricity bills?

Ralston Chamberlain

Toronto, Canada

ralston.chamberlain@alum.utoronto.ca

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