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New political party ‘won’t make much of a headway’ – PM

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves wished the proposed new party well but said it would not make much headway (Internet file photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has dismissed the political party proposed by his former Movement for National Unity colleague Matthew Thomas and activist Junior Bacchus, both former supporters of the Unity Labour Party (ULP).

“… it shows our democracy is alive and well but I don’t think they are going to make very much of a headway,” Gonsalves said of the proposed “Political Party For Political Reformation Equality Socialization and Services” (PRESS).

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Gonsalves noted that Thomas and Bacchus — both radio talk show hosts — are former supporters of the ULP, which came to office in 2001.

“It is in the nature of life,” he said adding that both men stopped supporting the ULP during its first term and “opposed strenuously” the party in the 2005 and 2010 general elections, which the ULP won.

“This is a free and democratic country. Anyone can get up and form any political party that they wish to form,” Gonsalves said.

“I note with interest that in its policy statement that it is a social democratic party, which is what we (the ULP) are. So that they are saying to me that they accept the philosophy of the ULP government and the people of this country has seen the manifestation of that philosophy in public practise,” Gonsalves said.

“Maybe it has something to do with Ralph,” he said, referring to himself.

“You don’t form a party because you don’t like Ralph. The people have shown in three successive elections that they like Ralph,” he added.

“I mean, frankly speaking, I don’t think they would have very far to go. But as I say, the Green Party had come along and other than the occasional press release you would notice that … they are most influential outside of the time when people are doing serious business, for instance voting in an election,” Gonsalves said of the party led by Ivan O’Neal, a former treasurer of the ULP.

The main opposition New Democratic Party and the ULP are the only parties with seats in the nation’s 15-member Parliament, where the ULP has a one-seat majority. The People Movement for Change, another political entity here, says it has no immediate plans to contest elections.

“So, it shows our democracy is alive and well but I don’t think they are going to make very much of a headway,” Gonsalves said of PRESS.

“Of course, the very fact that I say I don’t think they are going to make very much of a headway, in their minds, they would say, ‘Ah you see, he is running scared because he says they won’t make much of a headway’,” Gonsalves said.

“I wish them well,” he further stated.

The main objectives of PRESS include building a level of self-reliance within each individual and in the nation as a whole.

It will also strive to create “as much as possible an environment that affords equal opportunities for all”.

PRESS also hope to inculcate in the minds of all that they have a stake in the nation and says that on no occasion must citizens be made to feel like aliens.

Thomas and Bacchus explained the party’s policy on radio Monday night and encouraged citizens to “study it, be critical of it, add to it, subtract, divide it, put it how you want, make your comments”.

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6 thoughts on “New political party ‘won’t make much of a headway’ – PM

  1. I don’t think the new proposed party will get much traction and attract the calibre of persons or adequacy of resources to present as a credible alternative. They are motivated by their frustration that they can’t dictate to the NDP nor seem to cause a dent in the ULP after so many years of advocacy. Well the truth is they have managed to influence some things in the NDP and have surely dented the ULP. Look at the results of the last General Elections. But as long as they want to dictate to the NDP even while they are not official members and deny their successes against the ULP then they would remain frustrated and speculate on things like “gorilla warfare” and new political party. They just need to continue doing what they have been doing with more focus and consistency and stop shooting off these wild bursts.

    Posted by Observer | January 19, 2012, 14:10
  2. I listened to that program, and i’m sure i heard both of them say they are not interested in forming a political party. Observer, i think you got it right when you stated that this was out of frustration. They spoke about forming a movement to try and get the message out as they feel the NDP is not doing a good enough job. And there is were i differ with them…. Mr Eustace have long said that he does not want power by any means necessary, he’s willing to just deliver the message and let the people decide at the polls.
    Thomas and Bacchus felt like the bank issue could have been the ticket for NDP to get into office, but Mr Eustace has clearly stated that he was not willing to sacrifice the saving of our poor people just to get into office. Now, alot of people will say that ralph would have done it, but therein lies the difference of both men.
    The bak issue was dealt with in depth by Mr Eustace, even as Ralph and the others [vincy powa] was lying the a.. off about the sale of the bank. the information was there before the election, don’t blame Mr Eustace if the people of svg fail to listen to him. Like the old saying ‘who nah hear go feel’.

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | January 19, 2012, 14:48
  3. WATCH OUT COMRADE!! THAT’S THE GUERRILLA TEAM!!! LOL…LOL

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 19, 2012, 18:04
    • Well, I’m ready for the Guerrilla War. Ah have me gun ready- me voting finger…lol…lol!!!!

      Posted by no-nonsense | January 24, 2012, 17:31
  4. These people have the same Marxist background as Gonsalves. They won’t have any efect on NDP voters, they will appeal to many in the Unity labour party and doing so will split the ULP vote and ensure that ULP will not get re-elected.

    You have good reason to be frightened Gonsalves, these people will whip your ar.e, either by taking most of your seats or br decreasing your seats sufficiently to make the ULP unelectable.

    Shame you called Bacchus a ‘dirty stinking dog’ see how the Karma chases you into what you deserve.

    As for you Bacchus and Thomas, watch out for the dirty tricks, you think you seen it all, fertilizer man will now go outright to destroy you. Bethlehem won’t save you, because hes really one of you.

    Posted by Peter | January 20, 2012, 10:22
  5. “Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has dismissed the political party proposed by his former Movement for National Unity colleague Matthew Thomas and activist Junior Bacchus, both former supporters of the Unity Labour Party (ULP).” – NOW RADIO TALK HOST FOR THE NDP!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | January 21, 2012, 16:24

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