Dudus the hex


KINGSTON – The five-member Independent

Strategic Review Commission, which assessed the

Jamaica Labour Party’s strengths and weaknesses,

says that the Christopher Dudus Coke extradition

issue played a primary role in the party’s loss of the

December 2011 general election.

In addressing the party’s inability to win the

election, the report concluded that this was due

essentially to weaknesses in political conduct during

its term of office, of which the Coke extradition

fiasco was the prime example.

“It also had to do, to a lesser extent, with an

element of unpreparedness for a general election

that the party leadership had itself called,” the

commission reported.

The report said that four unmistakable lessons

learnt, or which should have been learned, emerged

from the commission’s various interviews

and conversations:

• The party should have demonstrated more

humility in the period of time the electorate had

given it to temporarily hold the reins of power;

• The party, while in government, had not sufficiently

demonstrated, if at all, a sense of connectedness with people’s

real pain; neither did prime ministers Bruce Golding nor

Andrew Holness explain to them how the short-term pain (as

short as “we in government can make it”) will bring long-term


• Party leader Bruce Golding should have been astute

enough to recognize, and then avoid, an undertaking that

ended up inflicting the kind of gratuitous political damage that

the Christopher Coke extradition matter did.

“If while in government the party is faced again with

a situation similar to Coke’s it should move as quickly as

feasible [to take] the matter from the executive to the

judiciary. Let the constitutional court(s) decide; or, as put to

the commission by a former justice ministry legal expert: Just

let the court deal with it.”

• Even though it had already formed the

government, the party ought still to have

painstakingly attended, in an ongoing way, to

groundwork matters relating to campaign strategy

and campaign readiness.

“The internal process of reviewing the party’s

structures, with a view toward rebuilding and/or

reshaping ground level [or branch-type] systems

must therefore continue.”

On the issue of the leadership of the party, the

report said current leader Andrew Holness “is liked

and respected and has a high degree of trust from

the party’s base”, as it was felt that his leadership,

while at the Ministry of Education, “spoke to an

organized, knowledgeable and fearless

leadership personality”.

Despite this, the commissioners felt that Holness

needed to work to prove himself worthy of that

trust, and that some members feared that his

“conservative nature” could be a major weakness.

“There are concerns that the party leader is

too soft and needed to be more assertive, and a

suggestion was made that he needed to follow the

leadership style of Edward Seaga . . . ,” the

report stated.

However, it said that the consensus among

stalwarts of varying persuasions, and across

generations, was that Holness had the legitimacy

and, more importantly, the credibility to act.

The commission was created by the JLP after the election

defeat to provide answers to explain the loss, which made the

party the first to serve one term in government in Jamaica.

It was chaired by Professor Bernard Headley, retired

professor of criminology in the Department of Sociology,

Psychology & Social Work at the University of the West

Indies, Mona; Rev. Dr Maitland Evans, president of the

International University of the Caribbean; Dr Marcia

Forbes, executive chairman, Phase 3 Productions Ltd and

media consultant; Professor Neville Swaby, executive

director, University of Technology/JIM School of Advanced

Management and vice-dean, College of Business and

Management; and Dr Lloyd Waller, behavioural research

and development specialist lecturer in the Department of

Government and director of the Centre for Leadership and

Governance, University of the West Indies, Mona.

Kay Ann Henry was research assistant.

(Jamaica Observer)

2 Responses to Dudus the hex

  1. Sergio Molly
    Sergio Molly November 5, 2013 at 4:29 am


  2. Sergio Molly
    Sergio Molly November 5, 2013 at 4:40 am

    that’s sad


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