In an intriguing twist, the PNM Opposition members are returning to Parliament on Friday 22nd May 2015. This appears to be a bid to ensure that their parliamentary positions are not revoked. This comes on the heels of a three week voluntary absence by these same members following the suspension of the Opposition Leader for misleading the House of Representatives. This is also mere weeks ahead of the proroguing of Parliament and in the midst of an election season.
But what exactly does their party hope to accomplish by this rash decision? One would think that they placed themselves in the “trap” described by the PNM party chairman, Mr. Franklyn Khan, and by bailing out as early as they are now doing, shows a distinct lack of resolve of the Opposition members. Is it that they value a pay check over the directive of their leader? If this were not the case, then they would have all continued their protest whose suspension also deprives him of his entire compensation package.
The Opposition has failed and faltered at all their duties and responsibilities they have been tasked with to date, so it would be naïve of anyone to expect more from them on the eve of the election. But the PNM hierarchy have also shown a vote of no confidence in these current members, by revoking their nomination for re-election.