By William Joseph
Will someone please tell him that there is something called the ‘national table’ with seats for all who seriously and with merit wish to lead the nation? Will someone also tell him that anyone who is seized with the ‘cry-wolf’ syndrome entraps himself and thereby loses the freedom of perspectives necessary for good leadership? Will some believer pray that he receives an anointing of sound political judgment, very, very soon?
Let us all now say to him that when the subject or cause is national in nature and scope, it is for that very reason bigger than the NDC or the NNP, or indeed each of us as individuals.
As things stand, the entire effort towards Plan 2030 would be greatly assisted if the two main parties were to enter into a Protocol agreeing the status and character of the Plan and the basis on which they would treat the work product being progressed and the eventual Plan itself. To simplify, the thinking here is that neither party should be free to upload the Plan or elements thereof and present same to the electorate in their respective manifestos, as if it were owned by one or the other political party. There must always be a proper separation between ‘Government’ and ‘Party.’
For the time being, Grenada has two strong and important political parties, the NNP and the NDC. Each party exists for the purpose of securing opportunities of forming the Government of Grenada, at the pleasure of the people. Notwithstanding what may be termed as base support, the parties know that there is a certain voting demographic that determines the results of General Elections.
To this extent, posturing mainly to the base will not secure national applause and affirmation. Middle and working class people in Grenada need to be better understood and especially so, by the NDC and its new leader, in particular. Furthermore, misleading one’s base through inappropriate political conduct of various kinds may well do more harm than good. We saw this with the NJM from 1979-83.
There can be no explanation, credible and cogent or sound and convincing enough to justify the NDC’s decision not to name a representative to sit on the Steering Committee for the National Plan 2030. In fact, whatever ground they seek to rely on by way of public statement will only be a façade designed to mask their true reasons for excluding themselves.
Standing on ceremony is sometimes the same thing as grand-standing
which never serves a long-term interest. There are occasions when the fine print may be set aside. In the circumstances, even if the invitation was received or clarified at 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, the NDC should have hurried to name its representative by 9 o’clock.
All those who looked through the gallery, searching in vain for the NDC’s representative during (the) function, must have not listened to a certain talk show two hours earlier. It was a classic case of condemnation by ‘the optics’ at the Trade Centre! Curiously, it was not the NDC leader or leadership, but a radio surrogate, who effectively communicated that party’s position on May 27th.
So there goes the NDC’s leadership, failing to see the big picture or otherwise sketching an image that did not relate to a factual reality.
Very distressingly, they appear to not understand that the best political coffee worth smelling is that brewed by the ordinary people.
Seriously-speaking, there appears to be a new phenomenon herein called ‘phobia politics’ which is engulfing the NDC in this period, when what is needed and expected of them is ‘confidence politics.’
Consider the matter under discussion here and their decision to withdraw from the Constitution Reform Advisory Committee. The evidence is that they have locked themselves into a trilogy of fights: – fighting to establish the new leader, fighting for party (in the aftermath of Peter’s attempted takeover) and fighting Keith! However, these efforts only amount to a self-pleasing enterprise, marketing to a displeased electorate. The result, barring default conditions, will be defeat.
Having put matters as plainly as I have here, some readers may anticipate another senseless campaign to execute me for the second time on Facebook and on radio, as was done by a group of ‘NDC Pharisees’ in January, 2014. In the process, they regrettably succeeded in demonstrating mindsets which were no different from that displayed on October 19, 1983. For my own part, I stand confidently on solid ground from where I speak honest words to men and give my conscience to Grenada.
Lacking a relationship with the NDC, I have no standing to ‘call-out’ Mr Burke. But sensible and concerned NDC people can. Kindly think it over and encourage him to cease imprisoning the NDC by ‘phobia politics’! Grenada, the nation, needs an effective, smart, open-minded and self-empowering NDC, operating at the cutting-edge of Grenadian politics.
(William Joseph is a former member of the National Democratic Congress and once served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister)