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Leadership leagues

Friday, September 08, 2017

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Dear Editor,

You cartoonist, Clovis, raised a very thought-provoking point last Friday. Here is my take on his 'toon.

On one side are the charismatic, exiting and instantly inspiring sprinting leaders of Jamaica: Sir Alexander Bustamante, Hugh Shearer, Michael Manley, Portia Simpson Miller, almost Pearnel Charles, almost Audley Shaw, and even Everard Warmington — that took four draws on my spliff or Suru Board.

And, on another side are the rational, visionary, nation-building, enduring leaders of Jamaica: Norman Manley, Edward Seaga, Sir Donald Sangster, P J Patterson, Bruce Golding (bring me my JB rum!), Andrew Holness, Dr Peter Phillips (likely), and Julian Robinson (hopefully). and Dr Nigel Clarke (hopefully).

Of course, there are the political amphoterics, representing yet a third side: Dr Dayton Campbell; Dr Horace Chang; Heather Marks-Murray; the, as yet, little-known Fitzroy Wickham (St Ann); Keisha Martin (St Thomas); Chazelle Rhoden (Portland); Jabari Hastings (St Andrew); Sharlayne Waller (St Elizabeth); and Dr Gavin Jones (St Thomas), who are all on my shortlist for this third side.

What future could or should Comrades and Labourites vote for while studiously avoiding any and all moral squalidness of a local Donald Trump, in light of our 70-plus years of significant political history, via universal adult suffrage?

Dennis A Minott, PhD

prudent_one_ja@yahoo.com

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