Tonight I learned on face book that there are SEVEN parties contesting the general election in 2012. Consider that for a moment…. A country that has only ever had two parties, where a 3rd party has never won a single election, now has 5 parties in the 3rd party category.
It is a testament to the poor performance of the governing party AND what many see as a weak option in the official opposition party that so many of these parties have sprung up.
Let me be clear on this point; the current political situation is also commentary on the state of the PLP. Why? Because by all rights they should be running away with this election. The people are so fed up with the FNM that the PLP should be a shoo-in. But, not only aren’t they a shoo-in, a brand new party is being mentioned in the same breath as they are.
It is my opinion, and I’m not much of a political pundit, that had the PLP changed leadership after the devastating defeat of 2007 they would now be looking at a landslide victory in 2012.
But I digress, this post is entitled “The 3rd Party Debacle”, let me focus on that.
This is the single best opportunity in the history of The Bahamas that 3rd Parties have had to win the government.
The Bahamian public is fed up and looking for a viable candidate. It’s obvious that the tide has turned on the FNM, but many are not prepared to vote for the PLP that they voted against in 2007.
This is a great opportunity for 3rd parties to seize the moment, to capture history.
Unfortunately it will not happen. The age-old problem in The Bahamas of everyone wanting to lead and no one willing to follow has bitten us in the backside yet again. One or even two strong parties maybe, but FIVE??
Why were The NDP not able to join with the DNA, why not the BDM, or Paul Moss?
Failure of Leadership by Branville McCartney
I am going to lay this at the feet of Branville McCartney. If his party fails to make a significant showing in 2012 elections, his failure to bring those parties under his banner will be the cause.
It’s obvious that Branville is the golden boy. In a short period of time he managed to out shine all other 3rd party leaders. This may have led him to believe he didn’t need the other independent candidates. So he took a hard stance in negotiations.
The end result? The BDM went to the FNM, the NDP bolted to the PLP and the 3rd party field was left weaker.
I have nothing against the candidates that the DNA are putting forth, but there can be little doubt that the DNA with the NDP and maybe a Cassius Stuart or a Paul Moss would be a more formidable party.
Branville’s goal should’ve been to gather the strongest of the 3 parties into one force to be reckoned with, instead through ego he allowed those candidates to be absorbed by the establishment.
The DNA is a force, but I believe it was a failure of leadership by Mr. McCartney to allow those parties to go to his opponents
thats just my 2 cents… what y’all think?