UNC and PNM like peas in a pod
The UNC and the PNM are like Siamese twins, inseparable, with both needing the third force in order to attain power, the UNC to join with that third party or the PNM to keep them from doing so.
Their politics remains the same and even as they try to outdo each other in social services, their attempts are the same in dealing with crime, education, health, traffic and inflation while allegations of corruption are matched.
However, the PNM never abandon their own. Even at the lowest level, those who fought for them are never forgotten even in areas where they did not triumph, and as they smell a return to power one notices their powerful wheelers and dealers begin to circle once more.
The PNM has a philosophy of cultivating their product and their support never goes away and even in opposition they bide their time as the government in waiting because of the brittleness of the others whose own supporters view them as being insincere and of seeking their own interests and inclined to be intoxicated with power.
They have not taken care of those who fought for them, with the exception of those who surround the leader and the ministers.
It is to be noted that other than electoral politics there seems to be no forum in the UNC where one may give or offer one’s opinions and if your own turns against you, others have no reason to come to you.
Contractors and financiers have no loyalty to any party and can be seen at the side of any political leader they can buy.
The COP was formed from disgruntled UNC members together with floating voters and must not fool themselves into thinking they have a base. Likewise the ILP.
The MSJ will demand integrity in local politics but can they convince business that they are not enemies?