I see that the site Politics.bm, despite its announcement a few weeks ago that it was ceasing operation is, on the contrary, back at it. In truth, I’m not all suprises at this development. I find that once you’ve been bitten by the bug of political activism, as much as it can bring you down from time to time, you really can’t avoid it after. Its in his blood now. I look forward to engaging his posts critically shortly.
At least I can say he no longer has a right to ridicule the famous ‘we had to decieve you’ line after apparently doing the same! [Saying that tongue in cheek]
For a while now I’ve had this image of our political system as one being dominated by vampires and werewolves. I see the UBP largely as representative of the vampires. They are the old blood and can only survive by constantly bringing in new blood, feeding of this new blood. They are largely parasites. I have increasingly come to see the PLP as werewolves. On the one hand they are organically connected to the grassroots working class, but the full moon of political power seems to transform them similarly into parasites. They are divided, schizoid almost, torn between their two realities, of peasant and wolf. One foot in the working class, the other a new ruling elite. The battle of course is far from decided, which reality will win out.
These are rather provocative and image laden terms for sure. I’m not saying they are necessarily the best descriptive ones, but somehow I think alot of people will also share some of this perception of mine. i’m also sure that I’ll got a lot of flack for them.
They are just musings, images that have formed in my head as I try to sit back and look at the transformation within the Party of progressive labour over its history, as I look at the role of the UBP over its history.
I’m not too concerned about the vampires. They are dying their slow and painful death and their access to new blood is evaporating – although the mistakes of the werewolves may increase the potential supply for them over time. On shouldn’t be suprised that a new generation coming of political age without recalling the past UBP governments will ‘give them a chance’ at some time in the future. But the complete ineffectiveness of the Party to date certainly isn’t a very attractive option for this generation at the moment who are more likely to form a new Party altogether and leave the vampires to sleep int heir catacomb of irrelevancy.
I’m much more interested in the dynamic inherent to the concept of the werewolf, the struggle between the historic division of the Party between working class and professional (Black upper class) with their respective interests, united only in their common opposition to the vampires.
Anyway, just musings from a cold and wet city far away after walking through stores preparing for Halloween.