I’m in the middle of exams and the like, so the blog right now is not exactly a top priority, but I thought I should comment on Wayne Furbert’s decision to leave the UBP.
I doubt his leaving is really going to surprise anyone who’s been following that saga since the 2007 election. I’m pretty sure the UBP’s reaction is effectively one of ‘meh, don’t let the door hit you on the way out’ and the average citizen is probably wondering what took him so long. I’m certainly not at all surprised at the development.
While I don’t think there’s really any legal obstacle to Mr. Furbert joining the PLP, I for one would strongly oppose his joining. To reconcile his membership with his past actions and previous Party rhetoric in reference to him, that doublethink would be way too much of a whiplash I think for many Party members to accepts.
As for his political future itself, I personally believe he should resign his seat in the house and stand in a by-election rather than spend the rest of this parliamentary term in a seat he won as a representative of the UBP. I’m all for giving him some time to reflect on whether he truly wants to run again or commit himself to more personal activities, or even to take some time to form a third political party (maybe with some other UBPers) before doing so, but I do not feel he should still be sitting in that seat for longer than a six months without re-winning a mandate from that constituencies voters.
Maybe this is the beginning of a split from the UBP? Its really too hard to tell at the moment, we’ll have to see what develops over the next three months.