I understand that while I was away the Premier Dr. Brown responded to the RG’s use of my posting on this blog where I was reporting that many within the demonstration regarded Dr. Brown as cowardly and disrespectful for not coming out and meeting the demonstration until after the vast majority of the demonstrators had left.
Reading at least the RG article “I’m no coward” I see that Dr. Brown stated:
“What I read was that a blogger said I was a coward because I didn’t come down.”
I was a bit suprised at this. For one thing my report was actually an eye-witness report from within the demonstration. I was not saying that I felt Dr. Brown was a coward, I was reporting what was being said around me and the general sentiment of the crowd. Why the RG was unable to actually have people out there interviewing people themselves and why they felt it necessary to copy and paste from my own report is beyond me, but had they actually done their job of being there and reporting what was going on they would have reported the same thing. I know that, I think it was ZBM, had a female reporter there, and in her report, which was made before I even typed my own report, she said virtually the same thing.
So where he gets off saying I was accusing him of being a coward is quite odd. Do I personally think he was in the wrong in not coming down and meeting the demonstration? Yes. Government knew full well the time range that the demo was going to take well in advance (as evident by the government emails going around saying there would be a disruption of services at that time). And as he was driving into the House of Assembly it was obvious the demo was imminent. And within parliamentary protocol he had the ability to adjourn the session temporarily or postpone his own duties (Paula Cox or other MPs could easily have done this for him), so quite frankly he had absolutely no excuse for not makinghimself present.
Do I think he is a coward. Actually I didn’t at the time. I just thought he had seriously misjudged the situation, that he had made a blunder. His reactions since and the pathetic excuses he has made in his defence though certainly have got me and others wondering whether he is a coward though. For now though I’ll just say that I think he made a mistake, that he is wildly mis-informed and the he has only compounded the situation since with his responses.
I also understand that while I was away he appeared on the TV news and said something to the effect that I have a personal vendetta against him. Don’t know if he actually said this as I wasn’t here, but enough people that I trust have told me this independently that I have to assume this was his statement.
I am very suprised at that comment. I have no personal vendetta against him. During the Delegates Conference that elected him I was wary of him because he really hadn’t said what he would do as leader, his rhetoric was more style than substance and the ‘next level’ and the ‘acceleration’ that he promised never really indicated what the next level would be or where we were going except that we would get there faster. After his election I decided that he was actually pretty genuine and gave him the benefit of the doubt.
We disagreed over the Southlands thing, my concern being with the process and the deal with a racist apartheid like dictatorship and its appaling anti-labour record that the deal with Dubai signified. I had some concerns about the environmental aspect but these were not high in my opposition.
I really have no vendetta against him, although some Party apparatchiks have accused me of a ‘diabolical’ vendetta against him that I find amusing. My issue with Dr. Brown is simply ideological. I have said many times before that I think he is the PLP’s best potential leader and that I have a lot of respect for his skills. I am rapidly losing respect for him though, that is true, but I personally neither like or dislike him. My opposition is simply an ideological position. If anything he would appear to have a personal vendetta against me at the rate his comments are going.