The dust has settled, just as it did ten years ago the situation finds Mamma P as the last contender left standing. That is not to knock Dr Karl’s attempt to wrestle the presidency from Portia, it would be great if he won and implemented the plan that he has. It would add vim to the party and allow for a frank.discussion on ideology which the party desperately needs
However as things stand Portia looks set to hold on to the presidential pulpit one can’t help but feel truly let down by the young Turks and sensible elders who the party desperately needs.
That Peter Bunting would not run this time around because of ‘party unity’ is total hogwash. That he a former senior cabinet member and minister, a former General Secretary of the party should essentially hand the presidency to ms Simpson-Miller because he is not sure he can get the delegates shows that he puts party brownie points above the nations interests. Peter Bunting has been shown to be nothing more than an opportunist who is willing to let the nation go without a credible opposition because he can’t read the party tea leaves and foresee a guaranteed victory.
The Turks who made up who made up the quasi rebellion against the establishment have also been a letdown. That they could so eloquently state that the party is in danger of becoming a farce and is ideologically bankrupt and then sit back an allow almost all the party ‘stalwarts’ retention of there posts is just sad. That they too, a group that has age on its side politically would not at least try and shake things up is yet more conformation that the youth waiting in the wings to takeover politically are just as bankrupt as there elders, although kudos must go to the Patriots and some of the Y.O who are calling for an almost wholesale reform.
The public will not forget this, the public will also act. To retain not just Portia but also the rotten old guard makes any victory at the polls unlikely, without a clear and coherent ideology and plan for the state and people they will remain in opposition. The PNP should take note of recent history and the JLP from 89-07 and remember, even if the government is incompetent, if they do not like the opposition then that hands victory to the incumbent. The PNP would do well to learn from that as they could well slip into the same rut and with the times we are living in it would be a Herculean task to get out.
As things stand the competition is over for now, but when the time comes when Portia rides off into the sunset the Turks will find it harder to sell themselves as having the mettle for the job, they ran away, and cowards never win in politics just ask the NDM.