Maybe I'm more than a little late to the chase here due to my vacation, but I was following this story unfolding and figure that I'll offer my 2 cents now that I'm back.
1) I respect Renee Webb for resigning if she was less than enamored with the PLP's performance and the treatment that she felt she received as a woman. Unlike some of her former Cabinet collegues under Jennifer Smith's leadership, who opted to play along as if all was well and then take out the leader at the most opportune moment, Ms. Webb stated what her beef was and said she wasn't willing to participate any longer.
I can't agree or disagree with her motives because I'm not privy to the Cabinet dynamic but I can respect that.
2) The lack of any accountability over the Stonington lease - the first thing everyone thought triggered a firing/resignation - shouldn't get overshadowed by the resignation. At some point someone in the PLP is going to have to take the heat for this as it is tied to too many people: Renee Webb (although she was quick to point out it occurred before her appoitnment), AG Larry Mussenden and Senator Raymond Tannock to name a few. Someone has to be held accountable or this will just hang out there and the stench will start to spread to the whole Cabinet (as it should).
3) How much of an egomaniac does the Premier seem now? I mean the vaunted spin doctor is so deluded with his own grandeur that after being accused of being a chauvanist he responds by saying "I'm the man". Could you pick a worse choice of words? Only Scott Simmons has put his foot in it more than that recently.
4) Renee Webb is right that the Premier is the first among equals, and if the Premier is over-ruling his Cabinet colleagues - or worse, not consulting them - he's looking for trouble and a either an outright revolt or an ineffective Cabinet will result.
5) Alex Scott didn't replace Renee Webb, he just reallocated her portfolios to existing Ministers. A smaller Cabinet means a larger backbench which is actually a good thing and stops an arrogant Cabinet running rampant. But it could be one more vote back in the Jennifer Smith or someone else's camp.
One of the primary concerns that Alex Scott had when putting together his Cabinet after his appointment as a compromise leader in 2003 was trying to pull in enough members from both sides of his party's 11/11 split to be able to survive a challenge.
My understanding at the time was that Renee Webb wasn't aware of movement by Dr. Brown's group to take out Jennifer Smith. They hadn't brought her into the loop as they didn't think they could trust her. So when she heard what was going down she tried to join, but they wouldn't have her so she reverted to Jennifer Smith's camp.
How true this is I don't know but it doesn't seem that far-fetched when you consider that she felt she wasn't respected in Cabinet and that the leadership is chauvanist. Anyone notice a female face in the group that removed Jennifer Smith? Rumours of resentment at the predominance of women in the post 1998 PLP leadership were always just below the surface and bubbled over again with the Senate appointments in 2003. Neletha Butterfield's pre-released comments to a parliamentary meeting in Grenada suggest that Ms. Webb isn't alone in her sentiment, although Ms. Butterfield treads a little more lightly as a sitting Cabinet Minister.
6) After Renee Webb spoke in Parliament supporting GPS, Dr. Brown actually walked over and shook her hand. According to other MPs that was an unusual display of gratitude and demonstrated that the Minister of Transport wasn't sure what type of support he was going to get from her and that there was some tension in Cabinet over it. The rumour is that Ms. Webb was furious that the GPS bill was re-tabled in the middle of tourism season and during the busiest period with race week on.
7) How great can this much hyped but yet to materialise social agenda be if a Cabinet Minister just throws in the towel on the eve of it's launch? (note: Alex Scott specializes in vaporware policy initiatives so I wouldn't hold your breath on this 'social agenda' actually getting off the ground.)