Partnership may need heavenly help to bounce back
Is it illusion, strategy, or gambler’s bravado that we see demonstrated, when some of our politicians evaluate their fate with the electorate? I refer specifically to our prime minister’s recent comments to journalists on the probability of her party’s winning the 2015 general election.
As I see it, many factors contributed to elections victory for Obama, Clinton, and Blair. They were immersed in the rise and fall of their respective economies. In addition, such issues like employment, domestic policy, foreign policy (particular their handling of overseas military engagements) were deeply embedded in the consciousness of the electorate.
On the other hand, for none of these first world leaders did corruption, nepotism, and cronyism play as major a role as they played in the scenarios of national politics since 2010.
Indeed, we cannot dismiss the power of charisma! Can it be now said that our prime minister still retains the appeal and charisma she enjoyed in 2010? Also, what can she and her cabinet colleagues now do to lure the electorate to her fold once again?
To my mind, the political directorate is in deep trouble with the electorate. Even some of her passionate supporters are having second thoughts.
If we examine closely what has taken place with respect to local government elections, we would see that while she captured the Hindu vote, it cannot be said that she had much influence on the Muslim and Christian Indian vote.
Two other trends prevail–all orchestrated by the Independent Liberal Party. These are the merger of Afro and Indo supporters and its appeal to many young intelligent people (female as well as male –particularly female).
The advice I can provide to political leaders is, “Be wary of the young intellectual vote! They are not motivated by traditional political motives!”
So madam Prime Minister! Bouncing back to victory is not as simple as you think. You first have to understand what has taken place in this country since 2010. Try to determine to what extent you have reshaped people’s expectations from delivery of salvation to inflicting doom and extreme disappointment.
What really has your party done to assure our people that it is ready and capable of meeting the nation’s needs? How many enemies has the party made as a result of its allocation of the nation’s scare resources (jobs, elevated positions, favours, and so on)?
Clearly, current perceptions must change before the party can return to its former position of glory. Mr Manning is no longer the villain. Please understand that you are now on stage with all the lights on!
Yes! Your party can bounce back between now and 2015 but much work has to be done. You really have to erase and undo much of the wrong and faux pas you have inflicted on the nation. Indeed, you may even have to appeal to the heavens for miracles!
Finally, the PNM and ILP have to start working on the psyche of the people. They have to demonstrate that they can make a difference and that they care about “national development” for all and not just on entrenching themselves socially and financially.
Raymond S Hackett