Okay. Okay. Um. We have a new Cabinet and Senate as reported on the radio and at the RG.
Okay. I’m a little suprised at the changes here. The main ones that have me suprised is:
Thaao Dill appointed to the Senate. I know Thaao and quite like him, but I am quite suprised at this development. I am assuming he will be leaving Hott, or at least have a much more diminished role there as a result. I knew Davida Morriss was planning on leaving for a Masters, so I am not suprised she has not been reappointed. I feel that Thaao’s appointment is mainly to appeal to the youth, much as Davida’s role was in practice. Thaao is very smart and very articulate, so he will be fine in the Senate, but I really didn’t think he was interested in going into formal politics like this.
I am very suprised at the loss of Neletha Butterfield, Dennis Lister, Micheal Scott and Wayne Perenchief as Ministers. While I had some concerns about one or two, as a whole they were very competent and some were excellent, and their loss is, well, quite suprising.
Phil Perenchief is out of the Senate as well. I was not suprised he lost the Attorney General position, as I had heard some rumblings recently, but I thought he would remain in the Senate at least.
I am very very suprised at both the appointment of El James to the Ministry of the Environment and the twinning of this Ministry with Sport. The MoE should be its own Ministry, especially with the environmental proposals contained in the 2007 Platform and strategically to really reduce the emergence of a more political environmental movement external to the Party it would have just made sense to really focus on this area. I cannot comment any further on this at the moment.
I am glad that the Party has apparently taken the good idea put forward in the UBP Platform of forming a Ministry of Economic Development, which is twinned with the Ministry of Finance.
I am suprised that Derrick Burgess has been moved from Labour. That was a natural fit for him as an ex-leader of the BIU, and especially with the mess/friction between the BIU and Works and Engineering from the ProActive-Berkley issue, this move was suprising.
I am confident in the competency of Lt. Col. Burch as a Labour Minister, but though it would make more sense to keep him solely in charge of Home Affairs and Housing, which is, with the housing crisis, important enough to warrant its own Ministry. While Col. Burch is competent, there may be some concern about how effective he will be dealing with Labour issues with his military background bringing to me displeasing comparisons with Trotsky’s ‘militarisation of labour’ ideas, but more so whether his alleged arrogance might add friction to labour issues. I say alleged, as in my encounters with him he has been mostly good-humored, but I have heard enough to wonder of their validity.
Education deserves its own Ministry and not to be paired off with Telecoms and Ecommerce which in the growing age of information could justify its own ministry as well. I feel the idea is to increase the relationship between education and training our new generations with technology, but still, with the long road ahead in solving our education problems, didn’t it justify having a more focused single ministryship.
I had thought Patrice Minors might return to Health. There are clouds over Nelson Bascome, but he himself of course is perfectly competent as a Minister, but I would have thought for the timebeing it was necessary to retire him to the backbench. I thought Micheal Scott might also become Health Minister.
I welcome the return of Kim Wilson to the Senate, and think the position of Attorney General is a good fit for her. I am suprised at the twinning of that with jnr Minister of Finance though.
From a feminist point of view, the new Cabinet and Senate has regressed. The only two females of prominence now are Paula Cox and Kim Wilson. There is the potential that this will reignite the internal fractures of the Party that allegedly exist and led to the fall of Lois Browne-Evans and Jennifer Smith.
I am glad to hear that Walton Brown has been appointed to the Senate as I think he brings an excellent perspective to discourse.
I am worried that power has been more concentrated rather than dissolved, and there may be questions raised as to whether the new balance of power is more conservative than before, at least in social areas.
As I’ve said, I am suprised, and these developments may raise some questions that could have been avoided, and also open the Party up to unneccessary criticism rather than constructive criticism. Perhaps I’m wrong. I hope so.