For at least the last three years Grenadians have known that all was not well within the ranks of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the administration of Prime Minister, the Honorable Tillman Thomas.
The festering seemed to have no end; with every passing day the tenure of the Thomas-led government appeared to hang perilously on the state of the Grenadian economy.
No distraction or diverting attention from the core problem: high unemployment – an unsustainable jobless rate of more than forty percent; the national treasure on boot strings unable to meet timely payment to civil servants and other debt obligations could stave off the now inevitable – fall of the Thomas-led government – and probably the demise of the NDC, as we know it, if an out and out effort is not drafted to rescue the marque.
There is no doubt in the writer’s mind that the craftiness of government operatives close to the Prime Minister had a major influence in making Member of Parliament, M.P. Peter David, the “fall guy” in redirecting attention from the real dilemma facing the nation’s people – no jobs, no money, more stress and more uncertainty moving ahead – a political strategy dividing the NDC and bringing to an unceremonious end a government that potentially could have had an unstoppable political dynasty for, maybe, the next (20) twenty years.
The writer thinks that when the people inevitably go back to the polls their memory will not be so blighted that the bitter disappointment with party and government will quickly be forgotten.
Whatever else may be said about MP Carl Hood, in initiating a no-confidence motion against a government of which he was a member, he took the principled stand, sacrificing himself for his nation.
Political rhetoric speaks in glowing terms of Nation before self, but how often do we see this demonstrated?
In Westminster politics, motions brought to the floor are usually foregone conclusions; colleagues thoroughly debate the question in advance and are assured of the necessary support to table the motion.
Motions fail and grind to a screeching halt strapped by political ineptitude, exclusion and arrogant overconfidence.
The writer is confident that Mr. Hood has the ear and support of likeminded MP’s; this was long in the making with much time for the government’s decision makers to extend the olive branch, but in the opinion of a number of party members in the inner circles – “pious garatter” – was the peace-maker of choice.
It is highly unlikely that the motion would fail to carry given the general mood of discontent among all sectors nationally – particularly business and tourism, the principal contributors to Grenada’s economic stimulus and growth.
Will Thomas take it to the people for a quick resolution, or will the agony be prolonged? In the writer’s mind PM Thomas has always been clear, the people must decide. Those cannot be empty words if a legacy of “accountability and transparency” will be the hallmark of his political career. If he is rejected by the people then he must step down gracefully; in victory or in defeat he will earn the respect of the nation.
Whichever way it goes the nation would have spoken and a new dispensation of the people’s choice would engender the confidence that better days are ahead.
Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has staked his political career around strict democratic principles; it would be tragic if he changes course and chooses to deny himself the chance of vindication by hanging on to the last. He must stand tall; quickly going to the polls preserving the people’s democratic and constitutional right to reject him should they so choose.
At this juncture, we are “a nation in flux” wondering in suspense what the future holds; the people desperately need to go to the polls – let their voices be heard.
Act now and decisively – the people’s constitutional right must not be usurped taking refuge parked in cloud nine.