Why now Penny?
Let me state from the outset that I am not a member of the PNM. While I have relatives who were involved with the party up to the ministerial level, I was never a member of the party; as such I cannot vote in the internal election. As a citizen of this country however, I have vested interest in the outcome of this election since the leader of that party can very well be my prime minister from 2015. It is in this context that I have some questions for Pennelope Beckles-Robinson.
You stated as reported in the Saturday Express of March 15 that, “Nothing happens before its time. It has happened four years later...people have always been asking me to run since 2010”. You however did not give the reason why the time was not right in 2010. I am therefore asking now. Why wasn’t the time right in 2010? Was it because the effort to bring the party back from the doldrums at that time would have been too great for you? Or to put it another way, why is the time right in 2014? Is it because the PNM seemingly now has a clear path to victory in 2015? Can it be construed that you are the proverbial agouti that now wants to run because Dr Rowley cleared the path?
Additionally, the theme of your campaign is “Inspiring Change”. How can you use this as a slogan to campaign against the man who was instrumental in inspiring arguably the most significant change in the PNM’s 60-year history — the one man one vote system — and who is now seen by many (inside and outside the party) as the most transformative leader of the party since Dr Williams?
While I wish you the best of luck in your campaign, I must state that if you are elected as the party’s political leader your answers will go a long way in helping me to decide how/if to vote in 2015. I eagerly await your response.
Claude A Job