Oh what interesting political times we have seen in the Caribbean this last month!
In Jamaica, cries of “power” are ringing out across the land as the People’s National Party, led by Portia Simpson-Miller has been swept back into office.
Jamaica’s PM-for-a-day (ok, ok two months), the Jamaica Labour Party’s Andrew Holness must certainly be rueing his decision to call a snap election now with the Electoral Office of JA now predicting a landslide 40-23 victory for the PNP.
Sista P on the other hand must be relieved as all hell. Her political career was on the line today – if she had lost, the sharpened knives that have been out for her since 2005 would have chopped her to teensy little bits.
People’s heads are spinning right now. First thing, all polls predicted a tight election with a statistical dead heat between the PNP and the JLP. So, what the hell happened to that?
Then, there are the implications for other countries like Barbados, where similar results in St. Lucia at the end of November caused nervousness among the ruling party that they too could be another one-term government.
And of course it raised the specter that Holness called the elections too fast.
Plenty time to ruminate on all of that now.