Third parties hopeless
Along with the two major parties, the Jamaica Labour Party and the People's National Party, some of our third parties are, or will be, mobilising themselves for the pending general election. However, while we all have the right to form these third parties, does it really make any sense for anyone to do so?
No third party has ever been able to come anywhere near state power, and as far as anyone can see, none will be able to do so in the foreseeable future. So, why don't those who want to gain state power through these third parties just face reality and try to do so through other means that are realistic?
I know that many of those who form these parties do so out of a sense of complete frustration with the current political order. Many members of these third parties could not fathom themselves being part of any of the two established parties. However, they need to face reality and realise that Jamaica is a graveyard for third parties.
Some of these third party members, if they so strongly believe that politics is the best way to make the most difference, should consider swallowing their pride and join one of the established parties. I know that they would have to play good hypocrites, but most politicians these days are hypocrites anyway - so they will be in good company.
If they should join and play along well, they may just be able to rise through the ranks of these established parties and thus be able to make the difference that they wouldn't be able to do in a dead third party.
For those members of these third parties who see the best means to make that difference outside of politics, there are always civil-society groups.
MICHAEL A. DINGWALL