Gordon Robinson | Time for some grown-up politics | In Focus

Has the political get together previously often called the People’s National Party (PNP) modified its title to Better Rise United Clique Up Party (BRUCUP)?

Although I haven’t seen an official announcement, this should be so as a result of in every other get together, the quick resignation of chairman, all vice -presidents and PNPYO president, citing management points, would end in a “wheel-and-come-again” response from the get together. Instead, President Mark Golding calmly accepted the resignations, put in BRUCUP supporters as new vice-presidents, and pretended nothing occurred.

But one thing very seismic occurred. Something that might ordinarily imply cataclysm for any get together chief’s future most undoubtedly occurred!

Margaret Thatcher dominated Nineteen Eighties British politics and appeared invulnerable after driving Argentina out of the Falklands, taming miners, tightening anti-trade-union legal guidelines, and promoting state industries and council homes. But her dictatorial strategy to inside get together politics, anti-European utterances, and extensively despised Poll Tax (threatened each Tory MP’s re-election) resulted within the 1989 resignation of her “unassailable” Chancellor Nigel Lawson. In 1990, she demoted Sir Geoffrey Howe, one among her most senior Cabinet members, and reportedly bullied him relentlessly in Cabinet.

In November 1990, Howe resigned. His resignation assertion within the Commons was pointedly venomous. But it was his imagery concerning her therapy of get together colleagues who didn’t assist her insurance policies or strategy that stung most. He stated:

“It’s fairly like sending your opening batsmen to the crease solely to search out, the second the primary balls are bowled, that their bats have been damaged earlier than the sport by the staff captain.”

Geoffrey Howe’s knife, verbally inserted, killed Thatcher’s political profession.

Former South African President, Pieter W. Botha, who’s inextricably linked with the human atrocity often called Apartheid (pronounced “Apart-hate”) resigned after a insurrection of senior get together officers and Cabinet. Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha (no relation) issued a public assertion diplomatically calling the president a liar.

A current instance of how lack of senior officer assist tends to sound a celebration chief’s demise knell got here within the Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after DUP Leader Edwin Poots took over from Arlene Foster in May 2021.

Poots grabbed energy by promising to advertise get together unity and be a “listening chief” for Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) who felt their voices had been beforehand ignored. Then he proceeded to disregard those self same MLAs by putting in his sycophant, Paul Givan, as First Minister over MLAs’ objections.

A gathering of DUP officers made it clear to Poots that they wouldn’t be working with him. Poots resigned. The nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party chief, Colum Eastwood, tweeted that he was “sick of this cleaning soap opera. We’re in the course of a pandemic, ready lists are skyrocketing, our financial system is in disaster. Maybe it’s time for some grown up politics”.


So say all of us. Instead of “grown-up” politics, Jamaica obtained this from the chief of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition:

“Discussions … had been tried, however sadly, these didn’t result in consensus. It appears that the response of those 4 officers was to resign en bloc. While I’m saddened by this motion, their resignations are accepted.”

SADDENED? Don’t you imply “uncovered”? Or “gravely wounded”? What about “untenable” (concerning your management place)? Nah, in fact not! This is BRUCUP, not the People’s National Party.

What did the rebels must say?

“Despite all affordable efforts to dealer a platform of unity, there have been covert makes an attempt to sabotage the aim of peace and concord with a plan to horde (sic) the accessible positions.”

Firstly, “horde”? Sigh. Maybe they imply to “crowd” (as in mob-handed) and never “hoard”. Who is aware of? I do have a sure “reluctancy” to problem Mikael on language. Secondly, this can be a dagger piercing the guts of any get together chief who promised to work in direction of unity. Dayton Campbell’s facile comment “it takes time” is utter nonsense in gentle of

• The identical BRUCUP leaders gave Peter Phillips no time; and

• Unity requires an perspective and energy from the chief that has been both brilliantly hid or non-existent for 9 months.

Rebels’ allegations of “covert makes an attempt” to sabotage PNP peace and unity are credible. Mark Golding wasted no time in aggravating current disunity by

(1) Telling the PNP NEC who to decide on as GenSec/Chairman.

You’d suppose THAT fiasco would’ve taught Mark to be extra personally dedicated to selling unity round philosophy and electoral targets as a substitute of private sycophancy. No. Such. Luck! He

(2) surrounded himself with a “Risers” clique;

(3) insulted his rival for PNP president by returning her to her “place” shadowing Foreign Affairs. Promotion to Education or National Security would’ve been a unifying transfer.

(4) demoted an excellent Senate Leader of Opposition Business to pressure BRUCUP Leader (and pal) Peter Bunting into her place.

With apologies to Haile Selassie and Bob Marley, till the philosophy that makes paper teams superior and get together members inferior is lastly and completely discredited and deserted, all over the place is battle! Until there’s now not first-class Risers and second-class Onesies of any PNP, mi seh battle!

So, in a deadly assault on PNP management, 4 top-ranking get together officers publicly painted get together leaders as Thatcheresque despots:

“… we concluded the sincerity of sure members of the management wasn’t forthcoming and the minimalist effort in direction of unity was a charade that’s inimical to a real pursuit of unity.”

How did Mark Golding reply?

“The get together has acquired the resignation of the incumbent vice-presidents and chairman. Certain allegations had been made, of their resignation letter, which aren’t correct. These will likely be handled within the applicable get together discussion board.”

Is {that a} risk? Does Mark imagine that Jamaica will enable him to rearrange for some BRUCUP disciplinary committee to punish PNP chairman/VPs with out presenting to Jamaica his causes/proof for asserting that their allegations “should not correct”?


Based on what has lengthy since been within the public house, I’ve set out some of the proof supporting the rebels’ allegations of insincerity and charade. Maybe this newest Gang of Five (or Four plus One) can produce extra.

Mark’s obvious response is to dig his heels in and drive the PNP into additional disunity and disarray. What can be the costs towards PNP stalwarts Paulwell, McNeil, Crawford, and Phillips? Dissemination of discontent already shared by too many Jamaicans for the PNP’s good? Mark appears to overlook (or not know) how digging in of heels labored for different leaders dealing with comparable allegations. He may attempt asking Edwin Poots or Maggie Thatcher’s duppy.

Naturally, PNP officers’ and supporters’ public statements downplay the calamity. One Comrade was quoted as warning political watchers “to name off PNP’s funeral”. I heard Okay.D. Knight, of all folks, spinning like a gig on radio attempting to interpret the resignations as proof that the rebels wish to work “on the bottom”, spreading PNP imaginative and prescient.

But probably the most ridiculous assertion got here from former GenSec Maxine Henry-Wilson, chairperson of the ‘Unity Committee’.


“Henry-Wilson stated the get together chief has expressed remorse on the newest episode however believes there’s a method for the get together to chart ahead.

‘We are working on a programme of readiness for native authorities [elections], however extra basically, it’s a programme which has allowed the get together to discover a method of reconnecting with its members and supporters on the constituency and divisional degree.’”

DWL! Expressed REGRET? Ya suppose? How about accepting accountability? The PNP has discovered “a method of reconnecting with its members and supporters on the constituency and divisional degree”? Really? SERIOUSLY? This flies within the face of not one, not two, not three, however FOUR topanaris PNP officers, (together with Mikael Phillips who has proven probably the most non-partisan assist of the chief since November 2020) saying they’re attempting to forestall “an additional widening of the inner rift”. A rift that hasn’t already widened can’t be additional widened. The PNP Chairman/VPs say that widening is as a result of Maxine’s committee is a “charade”.

Is Okay.D severely suggesting that these stalwarts can be unable to work “on the bottom” whereas of their official posts? The rebels made no such declare. They stated “the sincerity of sure members of the management wasn’t forthcoming and the minimalist effort in direction of unity was a charade”. However hazily expressed, THAT’s a focused, poisonous deal with of Mark Golding and his closest associates whether or not Okay.D. needs to confess it or not.

Nobody declared the PNP useless. It’s Mark Golding’s tenure as get together chief that pulls undertakers’ consideration. His allegedly dictatorial Risers Only strategy, regardless of the PNP’s rejection, in September 2020, of each Riser not protected by a garrison, threatens the electoral possibilities of each single PNP candidate. High-ranking PNP officers have made a public assertion inferring that get together chief(ship) is not less than disingenuous. Every Jamaican is sick of the PNP’s cleaning soap opera.

Comrades know their bats have been damaged by the staff captain earlier than they’re despatched to the wicket and that they’re on the highway to discovering out that fourteen seats can appear a lot.

Peace and love!

n Gordon Robinson is an attorney-at-law. Email suggestions to [email protected]

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