THE EDITOR: Now that the political dust has settled, at least momentarily, a reflection of the results is necessary. During the political campaigning for this election, in a moment of weakness, I left the party that I’ve known all my life, the UNC.
My departure was facilitated by the flurry of undesirable images being flashed across the media and coated with political venom from other platforms. The picture painted for the UNC was grim. There came a point however, amidst all the political wrangling, I began to question the value and authenticity of the messages being offered by the other parties.
Ultimately though, I think that the party that faced the most uphill battle was in fact the United National Congress. This struggle was as a result of animated accusations and “goat” politics. However, in the final analysis, the outcome of the local elections speaks to the resilience of the party. Out of the 14 corporations, the UNC contested 8, to win 5. The results show that the supporters that were thought to have migrated from the UNC to other parties, ultimately appreciated the sincerity of the UNC message, and came back home. I am one of those supporters. This simply shows that the message of the party has been resonating with its base and the grassroots people.
Having seen through the lies and having returned home, it is disappointing to acknowledge the formation of a party to split the vote against the PNM. After all the hype, promises and prophecies, the ILP now stands a total failure. The objective of this green party was to lure the UNC supporters away from its base. That failed! Take a look at the results for Felicity in Chaguanas, Warner’s supposed “stronghold”. The UNC took that win in this election! Mr Warner needed to realise that the momentum he had in Chaguanas West could not be translated into a national election. That trend of thought was sorely misguided—as is the vision of his party.
The strength of UNC guided by its leader Mrs Persad-Bissessar, superseded the ILP’s and PNM’s attempts at demonising the party. From the results, the UNC can be proud of its successes and renewed confidence for the upcoming St Joseph West bye election and the general elections of 2015.
It truly feels great to be back “home” in the folds of the UNC!