I’ve been out all day so I only just got a chance to check my emails and the RG. I see there are reports that MP Wayne Furbert, former Leader of the UBP, is to join the PLP.
I am seriously hoping this is a wind-up.
I’ve written several times, here, over on the now defunct Progressive Minds and I believe on the various forums, that I am strongly opposed to Mr. Furbert joining the PLP. I am strongly opposed to this for various reasons, not least of which is Mr. Furbert’s questionable pyramid scheme model, his former position of UBP Leader where he was heavily critical of the PLP, and because of my general disgust of political turncoats.
I also criticised Jahmal Simmons’ joining the PLP, even though I do consider him a friend, although Mr. Simmon’s joining the PLP is far more palatable than Mr. Furbert doing so, but I would strongly oppose him being put forward as a parliamentary candidate.
Of course anyone can join whatever Party they want. I understand that. But that doesn’t mean I welcome some people, like Mr. Furbert, into the PLP. I really do wonder how those same members of the PLP who brutally criticised Mr. Furbert when he was UBP Leader can now welcome Mr. Furbert with open arms. The double think must cause some serious whiplash.
If this is true, that Mr. Furbert has joined the PLP, on the plus side it does resolve one problem for me. That was whether I would rejoin the PLP when I got back home or focus on activities outside of the PLP. Personally I cannot, and will not, be a member of the PLP as long as Mr. Furbert sits in the House as a PLP MP. Had he quietly left politics when he left the UBP and quietly, some years later, joined the PLP in a personal capacity, I could possibly live with that – possibly.
Should this be true – and the Party does not enforce a by-election and a new candidate (Mr. Charles Clarke for example would be an excellent MP) – then it truly shows how far the PLP has degenerated since 1998. At least in 1998 it had the promise of standing for something. If in 2010 it is able to absorb someone of Mr. Furbert’s character and history, then it stands for nothing except opportunism and power. It would no longer be a Party that I could support, even as critically as I have to date – largely due to my increasing disappointment with its failure to live up to its potential and heritage.