Saturday, February 17, 2018

COP can't survive without new politics

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."

I use this quotation from Shakespeare to describe the situation as it pertains to the continuing brouhahha over the state of the People's Partnership.

The tide upon which the Congress of the People (COP) floats is the unfortunate circumstance when one is governed not by men but by principles.

I have used the word unfortunate because no number of "places" in the Partnership will ever replace the security that comes from an adherence and applicability of the principles contained in the new politics. Behind those principles lies a body of work that would make all of us believers and truly inspire this nation to achieve great things.

Unfortunately, the COP has fallen down badly with respect to promoting these principles, and in a lot of instances has opted for the "places" concept. History will not treat the COP kindly for forgetting to do its job.

The United National Congress will survive because it is a party that survives, like the People's National Movement, on an historical ethnic allegiance which is severely entrenched.

The COP cannot survive without its new politics. We have found ourselves on "such a full sea" and did not "take the current when it served".

History will prove that the outcome will be that predicted by Shakespeare when he said, "We must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."

Satu-Ann Ramcharan

Diego Martin