Holness Makes Considerate Concession Speech

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On election night, Andrew Holness made a truly remarkable concession speech. Of course, it was not the conventional concession speech given by the leader of the party that has lost the election. Surprisingly, Holness announced that he was making an “acceptance” speech, not a “victory” speech. What was the significance of this distinction? Given the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) overwhelming defeat of the People’s National Party (PNP), one would have expected the party leader to jubilantly celebrate victory. But he declined to do so.