Well, I guess I should offer my congratulations to Mr. Kim Swan who seems to have successfully been re-elected as leader of the UBP. I had predicted that Mr. Richards would emerge the leader, based on what I saw as the various albatrosses around Mr. Swan’s neck (reform inaction, NewBP schism, lack of strong leadership actions, failed motion of no confidence).
It will be curious to see how the UBP develops from this point on, especially with the rise of the DA. It may be possible that the UBP finally begins the transition to a conservative political party that truly reflects Bermuda’s racial demography, as many of the UBP’s long-suffering White members jump ship over to the DA, invigorated by the novelty of the development. Alternatively the DA will succeed in eclipsing the UBP over time; however this just simply leads to a political shell game, where the DA becomes the UBP in everything except name.
Personally, I’m hoping that the DA’s actions lead to a more ideological politics, with three political parties representing the ideological positions of social democracy, liberalism and conservatism, with each party having a racial composition more representative of our populations. Hopefully this will help further our political maturity by going some way to de-racialising our political system, and allow politics to become more about ideology.