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Loyalty won’t win elections

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Ian Boyne's "The PNP after Portia" in the Sunday Gleaner was a good read. Since then, Peter Bunting who was mentioned glowingly in the article, announced he will withdraw from the People's National Party (PNP) leadership race, he felt it was Peter Phillips turn - not his. His decision lacked guts, and showed weakness considering this was his second attempt, and second withdrawal. Peter Phillips though an outstanding Finance Minister, was part of the reason PNP lost the last general elections. It is difficult to envision renewal, under his leadership. The party is falling apart, and members place too much emphasis on loyalty which won't win elections.

What people crave now is younger, vibrant leaders who are more in touch with today's reality, the youth especially has to be excited. It is for this reason we hope Lisa Hanna might consider running. I believe Hanna may have the best chance to engage and convince uncommitted voters. Those who question Hanna's loyalty, must look at her commitment; she is one of very few in the PNP with guts, and is arguably the most articulate politician sitting in the House of Representatives.

If the PNP is serious, they cannot ignore public opinion. The party has no future without renewal. PJ Patterson is correct, without renewal the party will become irrelevant. Patterson said, "We have to bring new voices into the choir, and those voices have to have their place. Sometimes the old tenors dem not so strong, and yuh need some new soprano voices". This is the basis of renewal, and it will require lots of guts and a willingness to not always fear change.