Im­pressed by PM Hol­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: LET ME start by say­ing I was never a sup­porter of PM Andrew Hol­ness. As a leader, I found him weak, un­cer­tain and petty. I was repulsed by the res­ig­na­tion letters he drafted for the sen­a­tors, among other things, and was cer­tainly not sat­is­fied by the re­sponses given to ques­tions raised about his Bev­erly Hills Man­sion.

Since his swear­ing in, I’ve been fol­low­ing the PM closely, lis­ten­ing to his speeches, and fol­low­ing his over­seas trips. The PM seems gen­uinely in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing con­di­tions in Ja­maica.

He has shown lead­er­ship, states­man­ship and in­tel­lect since as­sum­ing of­fice, some­thing which was very lack­ing un­der the pre­vi­ous PNP Gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing the re­cent PNP con­tro­ver­sies, I no­ticed the PM kept his dis­tance. He didn’t ridicule or try to score cheap po­lit­i­cal points at the ex­pense of the Op­po­si­tion. In­stead, he re­mained fo­cused with the tasks at hand, many of which are crit­i­cal.

The PM, un­like his pre­de­ces­sor in the last gov­ern­ment, re­mains ac­ces­si­ble to the press. His so­cial me­dia is also on point and cur­rent.The PM’s re­cent ini­tia­tive to in­tro­duce fel­low­ships at Ja­maica House is also com­mend­able. It is hoped this will en­cour­age youth lead­er­ship and ca­reers in the pub­lic ser­vice.

The coun­try has been meet­ing IMF tar­gets and the Gov­ern­ment seems com­mit­ted to find­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, which, hope­fully, will grow the econ­omy and re­lease the stran­gle­hold cre­ated by for­eign en­ti­ties like the IMF. P. CHIN chin_p@ya­

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