We have already stated that with the recent walk out of Parliament on the eve of the Budget debate Vote it is felt that the complexion of Parliament will change dramatically.
Phillips is likely to be hungry for more power and as soon as possible. If elections are called in four years time … as they are Constitutionally due. By then Phillips who is now 67 will be 70+ and with a younger leader in Andrew, may not have the stamina to keep up with the hectic pace of an election campaign. Phillips may want to force the government to call early General elections to get his own mandate,
Voters are getting younger and are inclined to be attracted to a younger leader. This a factor in last election of February 2016.
on the other hand Phillips may be seen as attractive to all votes due to his policies and past performance as Finance Minister. It is widely felt that he (Phillips) did a
superb job as Finance.Minister and related well to the IMF.
We have to wait and see … in politics nothing is predictable … voters are known to be fickle.
The property tax issue needs to be handled with sensitivity. Holness’ Cabinet is expected to discuss same tomorrow. This will be a crucial discussion … we wish them well.
This is my perspective … What is yours?
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is SIC and Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper.