This is the first of the new category of unfinished posts. I’m trying to post them chronologically, with the oldest unfinished posts first.
To put it bluntly the news as it broke on Thursday (29.03.07) wasn’t exactly surprising. About the only surprising aspect of this whole Opposition debacle is the timing to be honest. I like Wayne as an MP, even though he is from the UBP. But to be quite honest I did not think he was a good leader, and the revelations in the media right now about the internal bickering within the UBP more or less are an indication of his failure of leadership. I’ll agree with Christian Dunleavy that the problems were not simply Wayne, that the UBP itself has serious issues to deal with and only put forward a facade of unity, but that Wayne did contribute in failing to lead within the UBP. I don’t know enough about Mr. Furbert or the internal life of the UBP…
Since Mr. Furbert’s resignation as UBP Leader my estimation of him as an MP has declined greatly. He is no longer a UBP MP, having left the UBP after the 2007 election, where he was re-elected as a candidate for the UBP. He has so far rejected any notion of initiating a by-election in order to recieve a new popular mandate from his constituents to reflect his new status as an Independent. I could understand a year, maximum, of putting that off, in order to establish his independent credentials. That is why, although I think the sitting BDA MPs (who were elected as UBP MPs) should resign their seats and contest a by-election, I am willing to give them maybe six more months before I write them off as cowards.
The revelations of Mr. Furbert’s pyramid-scheme and his handling of them have really disappointed me. And his constant, almost sycophantic, statements about considering to join the PLP and run as their candidate in the next election have reinforced my image of him as an opportunist. The PLP has not officially commented on these mumblings of his, but I for one think it would be a serious mistake of the PLP to consider him as a candidate. He is welcome to join the PLP as much as anyone else, but to run him as a candidate? No thank you. That decision is, of course, up to the branch in question, but I certainly would discourage it.