KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police have reported the seizure of 44.1 pounds of cocaine at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) shortly after 1:00 pm Thursday afternoon.
This cocaine seizure is the second at the terminal in less than twenty-four hours and the third in a week.
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Since political parties are national institutions and not private clubs we expect the Jamaica Labour Party to have a greater appreciation for democracy. But it is well known that internecine conflicts are a major part of the party's history.
The present conflict stems from the perception that Andrew Holness is a weak leader who is unable to mobilise a disenchanted populace; therefore he should be challenged by someone like Audley Shaw who has the ability to entertain both the business elites and the masses. Some even claim that a vociferous leader is needed to confront the current Administration, hence the mild-mannered Holness is not the right man for the job.
Many may not want to admit this troubling fact, but Jamaicans are not ready to accept a leader with Holness's disposition, because we have grown to accept vulgarity as a common feature of leadership. Politicians that refuse to appeal to the lowest denominator, or those who fail to promote 'badness', are often castigated. So it can be argued that contempt for Holness is due to his conciliatory nature. If Mr Holness is really transformational then he should seek to distance himself from undemocratic ideals. If he does not, then he will give weight to the argument that he is weak and indecisive.
Furthermore, Holness should articulate his plans for his party and the country more effectively. It would also be welcomed if he outlined a political philosophy for the Labour Party. It is not good enough to say that the party supports anything that works; the inability of the Jamaica Labour Party to coalesce around a set of core values has been one of its major shortfalls and the party's ideals seem to become those of the leader.
Holness must also resist the temptation to align the party with populist philosophies. The Opposition leader has the potential to become Jamaica's Margaret Thatcher, as based on his speeches we know he has conservative views. Unfortunately, the young politician's perceived inability to control the dissidents in his party may indicate to the electorate that he was never transformational, but rather a fraud who is unable to grasp the nettle.
Audley, on the other hand, should prove to the Jamaican people that his desire to challenge the incumbent leader goes beyond hype. Being able to stir up the masses is a good trait for a leader, but at this time having what some analysts call "fire in the belly" is not enough. Shaw should outline feasible long-term proposals for the country, if he wants to be taken serious. Confronting his many critics and reminding citizens about some of his achievements during his stint as the finance minister could establish him as a credible candidate, but if he yields to temptation by engaging in mud-slinging like some of the members in Mr Transformational's camp then we will know that he is just a "bag of noise".
The People's National Party cannot afford to be too happy about the absence of a suitable opposition, because its failings are so loud that they speak for themselves.
(L-R) HOLNESS... should articulate his plans for
his party and the country more effectively. SHAW... has the ability to entertain both
the business elites and the masses
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