This Sunday, Deputy Political Leader of the Congress of the People Robert Mayers spoke out against the shortcomings of the People's Partnership, saying what many believe to be long overdue to be said and causing a minor tizzy in the UNC camp along the way.
His statement “On May 24, people voted for a People’s Partnership Government and now they’ve gotten a UNC Government. They didn’t vote for that” is a position that mirrors more the mood of the rank and file membership than it does the Parliamentary Members, many of whom are starting to look and sound more UNC and less COP everyday.
He further stated "on the heels of the Government’s mishandling of the SIA’s directorship, there is brewing dissatisfaction and outright condemnation from key players of the COP. in this scenario, the COP must extricate itself from the “madness that is the Government” before it loses its credibility," - A view held by many within the Party and gaining more and more traction on the ground.
In direct response to his (Mayers) call to arms, Deputy Political Leader Prakash Ramadhar's apologetic, conciliatory tone is falling flat and may actually be cutting the COP's throat; to many on the ground his (Prakash's) opinions cannot be seen to be driven by selfless motives as he and a few others benefit personally from maintaining the status quo while the rank and file members are left feeling like second class citizens in the Partnership.
Plain talk is not bad manners as the old people say, and if the COP's presence in the Partnership wasn't serving some greater UNC purpose, the COP would have been gone faster than a box of jelly donuts at a weight watchers convention.
Had he (Ramadhar) agreed that the time had come to revisit much of what passes for a Partnership AND Government today, the politics would have been invigorated and electrified from the ground up. As it is, all he did was throw water on the few remaining embers of enthusiasm for the Party that Mayers, De Lima, Toney and others are trying desperately to keep alight.
At the end of all of this, the reality is straight up and iample; either all Parties honor the agreement of Fyzabad signed six days before the election or go their separate ways. No sixty/forty, seventy/thirty foolishness; fifty fifty partners up, down and sideways in Government, or the Congress of the People ought to exit the Partnership and restart the process of building the Party to challenge for Governance anew.
Something to think about...