Readers should forgive us for spooning down salt at talk that Mr Audley Shaw has not yet made up his mind about contesting the leadership of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
Indeed, given all that has already been said and done, we do not see how Mr Shaw could possibly back away from the proposed challenge to Mr Holness's leadership without extensive loss in credibility.
Also, we disagree with those who suggest a leadership challenge in 2013 will damage the JLP.
Obviously, any such challenge may cause temporary dislocation and even some bad blood. Such is the nature of our democracy.
However, we are at one with the People's National Party's Mr Damion Crawford in the belief that a leadership challenge in the JLP at this time will "energise" the base of that party well ahead of the next elections which, let's not forget, are not constitutionally due for another three years plus.
That said, we also understand the trepidation among some in the leadership of the JLP. Mr Pearnel Charles, for one, can speak at first hand of the pain and bloodletting that has gone on in his party in years past at the mere suggestion of a leadership challenge.
Those days, we strongly believe, are gone.
Those such as Mr Charles will be consoled, we believe, by Mr Shaw's pledge that "I come in peace; I come in love". And further that "you will never hear a negative word from my mouth toward my leader, the party or any member of the party at any level".
Further, we commend Mr Holness's stated recognition that "challenge is good" for the party and the democratic process.
Both sides will obviously zero in on perceived failures of the PNP Government and the capacity of their respective camp to handle national affairs when next the JLP takes the reins of government.
We suspect there will be plenty of populist and unrealistic chatter about what should be done.
We urge, however, that balance be maintained. The reality is that the country is now in the throes of an economic structural adjustment programme monitored — perhaps it would be better to say dictated — by the International Monetary Fund. It is the "bitter medicine" that Mr Holness so famously said was inevitable in the build-up to the December 2011 General Election.
The reality is that, in the current scenario, there is very little room to manoeuvre if the country is to successfully work its way out of crippling indebtedness and correct its seriously dysfunctional economy.
Given all the circumstances, this newspaper urges the JLP leadership, as they conduct their internal campaign, to avoid pronouncements and promises that can only serve to mislead and confuse Jamaicans.
Now, as much as at any other time in history, we must all put Jamaica first.