Changing from within

A quick follow up to the last post.

Firstly, I received a lot of feedback to this post, which is good because I know I haven't been posting much lately so I appreciate that people feel engaged.

Secondly, I did neglect to include a couple of additional comments I'd intended to make.

So, just to continue the thought a bit:

A few people got the impression that I supported the change from within approach. So do I? Well, yes and No.

Everyone has to make up their own minds as to how they feel they can best make an impact, so in that regard I'm not one to judge.

But...I don't think it will be successful in the PLP because I think the leadership is primarily concerned with electability over genuine evolution as an organisation.

I explain my take to people as the PLP govern by press release. It's really about winning the moment, the next 24 hours of news, not winning the future through policy driven results.

I say this because I can point to any number of civil servants who have said to me that the grand pronouncements and Throne Speech promises are completely disconnected from what they actually do.

They often tell me that things get announced but their jobs never change. The PLP see PR as their core function, not policy.

On a slightly related topic, I meant to note what I think is an important potential issue:

With the PLP trying to OBA themselves heading into an election I couldn't help but think back to when the UBP's internal problems exploded.

They exploded under Wayne Furbert, after the UBP had tried to PLP themselves a bit by parachuting some candidates into safe seats, individuals who hadn't really earned their stripes and had very loose ties to the party and philosophy.

A number of them ultimately left the party in a blaze of glory, and are now seeking relevance in the PLP. So far only one has found it, but his relevance is in lending Cabinet some UBP management mojo in Tourism.

I fully expect that the PLP parachuting Opposition affiliated very pro-business candidates will cause some internal problems similar to those the UBP had; longstanding individuals were passed over for more opportunistic players who are not particularly in tune with the party base's philosophy and aspirations.

Resentment builds.

This is the kind of thing that can tear a party apart internally. Saying that, the PLP has a deep reservoir of party loyalty that they can call on, an ability to rally the troops that is impressive and mind boggling.

The public is much more forgiving of their mistakes and misdeeds than they are on the Opposition.

Personally, I think Bermuda will get better management from the OBA. Primarily because they have better ideas and better managers, but also importantly because they know that they can't take the electorate for granted as the PLP continue to do.

That's a big deal. Politicians want to get re-elected. One party is much more sensitive to the electorate's mood than the other.

That will only change when the electorate demonstrates that they can no longer be taken for granted.

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