Mixed views on who the PLP should choose as leader

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  • <B>David Petty</B>

    David Petty

  • <B>Lisa Perinchief</B>

    Lisa Perinchief

  • <B>Lynn Petty</B>

    Lynn Petty

  • <B>Meshunda Somner</B>

    Meshunda Somner

The Progressive Labour Party will meet tonight at a special delegates conference to pick a new leader.

But there were mixed views on just who should replace Paula Cox who tendered her resignation on Tuesday.

Cited as favourites were Terry Lister, Kim Wilson, Marc Bean and Dale Butler, who is no longer a Member of Parliament.

Ironically two women disagreed as to whether or not the new Opposition should pick another woman as party leader. One said the next leader should be a man while the other said gender shouldn’t matter.

Apart from two PLP supporters who were disappointed with the party’s loss, most agreed that change was needed.

One woman said the PLP needed a wake up call and a major reality check, and she was happy “they got that”.

Meshunda Somner, who voted in Smiths North said: “I believe that we needed a change. I can’t really say who should be the new leader but I don’t think it would be a good idea to pick another female leader.”

When asked why she said: “I think we as women are a bit emotional when we make decisions and I think the new leader should be a man.”

Either way she said what is needed most is for the PLP to come together to move forward.

But Lisa Perinchief, an administrative employee begged to differ, and said she preferred Kim Wilson, the former Attorney General as the party’s new leader.

“Kim Wilson will be the next best PLP leader, I just like her stance on things and she seems more real to me than Paula Cox. I don’t really think gender should matter, its just a matter of who’s best.”

As for the overall result she was “quite happy” with the OBAs victory at the polls on Monday.

“I feel that although people may have reservations about voting for the OBA.

“It’s a good thing that the OBA got in, even if its just to give the PLP a good reality check to rethink how they plan to move forward.

“I was definitely not impressed with the level of the PLPs campaign, not at all,” said Ms Perinchief.

David Petty who ran as an independent candidate in Pembroke South West, admitted that candidates without party affiliations never stood a chance.

“Without an appropriate level of support we didn’t stand a chance of winning. We didn’t really have the time or the pocket book to do that.

He was one of two independents who ran in Pembroke South West. Mr Petty and Jonathan Starling joined the PLPs Marcus Jones in defeat by the OBAs Susan Jackson.

Mr Petty noted that while canvassing the message was clear. “The people would like to see an alternative to party politics.

“As far as the outcome is concerned I’m very pleased, we need a change for our politics in Bermuda to evolve and to give us a chance to try something different.

“Obviously from a financial and social perspective over the last five years it has not been positive,” said Mr Petty.

“This will give the PLP an opportunity to regroup and also for the OBA to show what they can do as the new party on the island.”

When asked who was his choice to lead the PLP he replied: “My preference would be for someone who is no longer in Parliament and that’s Dale Butler, I think he would have been a superb choice for leader of the PLP.”

His wife Lynn Petty said she did not have an informed opinion about who should become the next leader.

“To be honest I’ve only been here for a year, although we’ve been together for donkey’s years, but I’m delighted by the result,” she said.

“I was worried about Bermuda, my new home, and the way things were going. I felt there really needed to be a change and I just really hope and pray the OBA can do us proud now.”

A 42-year-old taxi driver who asked not to be named said his favourite for party leader was Marc Bean.

“I think they should groom him because he’s strong, he’s confident, he’s young and I think they should start grooming him now to become the next leader of the PLP.

“As a PLP supporter I’m not happy with the result but it shows you that votes do count, the OBA only won in some areas by a small number of votes.

“I voted in Sandys North and I was surprised Ray Charlton only lost to Michael Scott by eight votes in an area that was traditionally a PLP stronghold,” he said.

“That showed me that people were not voting and those who did were not happy with the PLP.”

Another PLP supporter who asked not to be named said she marked her ballot for Lovitta Foggo in St David’s.

“I’m pleased with the outcome in my constituency but I’m not happy with the PLP’s loss. I don’t believe the voters turned out in the numbers that should have been there.”

Another man said: “I stayed to the wicket but the runs didn’t come, I’m 70-years-old and I’ve always voted PLP.

“I think a lot of Bermudians didn’t come out to vote and that was disappointing, they should have exercised their right to vote,” he said.

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Published Dec 21, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 12:12 am)

Mixed views on who the PLP should choose as leader

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