On COP’s Chances and Third Parties (After the Fact…)

In response to my post dated Nov 8th 2007 at 3:17 pm (see previous mangoandmosquitoblog entry), as trini in the Comments section of an entry entitled Update:Trinidad Election Watch, November 05, 2007~Will The Trend Continue? [click on link to read the full thread], on the blog Barbados Underground, another commentator wrote:

Trini when you voted for COP did you think that they had a realistic chance to win? Do you think there is room for a third party in T&T politics?

My response:

Reply to David’s “Trini when you voted for COP did you think that they had a realistic chance to win? Do you think there is room for a third party in T&T politics?”

Not for a moment did I think that they would win. But I had hoped that they would form the Opposition. I suspect that many COP voters shared this thinking and it is telling that so many would vote for an intended “loser” (to use the PNM’s terminology).

In its role as the Opposition, the UNC failed to serve the best interests of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Its members got caught up in the petty aspects of politics – name-calling and all that – and forgot their primary function. At times, they appeared to block / stall the work of the Parliament just because they could. Where they could have sought compromises, they did not. Where they could have offered solutions to thorny issues and problems, they did not.

It pains me that so many people could have still voted for the UNC-A, knowing its track record (new name, same party), knowing that its leaders at the time (Panday and Warner) have been under a cloud of suspicion concerning corruption. There is no doubt in my mind that the race card won the UNC-A the position of Opposition.

There is room for a third party, but only in as much as it eventually takes the political space occupied by another.

Mango

 

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~ by mangoandmosquitoblog on November 12, 2007.

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