Well, I see I apparently made the front page of the RG today. Thats interesting. Not sure if I have the tiem to respond in detail to it all, but I have a few initial thoughts.
First, hey, thanks for the advertising!
I’m sure this headline is making my name mud in certain circles, giving a smile in others, and generally rising some eyebrows elsewhere. Thats cool.
To begin with, its clear that the RG and myself have some somewhat different agendas, me in my criticism, and them in their reproduction of it. I want to make it clear that it doesn’t give me any joy to be criticising my Party, but it gives me less joy to sit idly by and ignore what I see as the Party increasingly making a mockery of its heritage and abandoning its historic mission of the Bermudian liberation struggle. The UBP is irrelevant for the immediate time period, at least as a political force, so I have no problem openly criticsing the Party when I feel it needs it. And nor should any other Party member. I do not speak for the Party (obviously) but only provide my own thoughts. I welcome discussion from Party members and supporters on this site, and feel that such critical discussion is necessary to both breathe new life into the Party and to allow for creativity within the Party ranks, without which the Party is doomed to blunder upon blunder.
I am particularly displeased at the continued imbalance of the blogosphere, which remains dominated by anti-PLP sentiment. Towards the end of 2007 it looked like this might have been shifting, with the formation of the PLP’s own blog, a blog (in theory at least) by the PLP’s Youth Wing the Progressive Minds, and another ‘independent’ pro-PLP blog ‘Bda Str8 No Chaser.’ As it stands now, almost six months following the PLP victory in December, only this blog appears to remain active. This is disappointing and leaves room to question why the PLP seems to have abandoned the blogosphere once it served its apparrent purpose in the run up to the election. It is true though that more PLP voices are heard now on the main Bdian forum, Bda Sucks, but there are still questions to be asked about the failure of these other blogs to continue.
On another note, despite the RG’s characterising me as holding conflicting political positions, I actually disagree with that. I can see how that may come across on a superficial level, but from my perspective my positions have remained constant and loyal to what I interpret as the principles of the progressive labour movement as opposed to Party loyalty.
And yes, I remain a member of the PLP. My membership remains valid through to 2009, and I have every intent on renewing membership at that time. Whether I remain welcome in the Party, thats perhaps up to debate. The Party retains the ability to ‘discipline’ members, up to and including expulsion. I severely doubt this will be invoked, or even successful should such an attempt be made. I have resigined my position as Secretary of the youth wing, Progressive Minds, with the intention of allowing a rotation of duties, learning, and general succession. Similarly, I have resigned my position on the Central Committee where I was the representative of the youth wing. My successors are more than competent, and probably more successful.