Putting party first
September 27, 2011
The PLP has always operated in the dark. And, as Polly Sawyer wrote in today's letters column, it has never learned a thing from its mistakes. The PLP's talents lie in plotting and double-dealing.
People have asked why Premier Cox did nothing during the Dr Brown spendathon. I think I know why she did nothing to stop him — she's no fool and she's been involved in the PLP since birth. She has seen what happens to people in the PLP who stand up publicly for what is right. That is why she didn't put Bermuda first — why she put herself first. True to her indoctrination, she'd say she put The Party first, which is even worse.
There are many stories about how the PLP operates — right back to the days of its inception. Families have tales about members who subscribed to the PLP until they learned the hard way about “follow The Party Line or else”.
Interestingly, if we look at some of the players in the Expulsion of the Four MPs scandal, we can understand the old adage of 'what goes around comes around'. Jennifer Smith, Alex Scott and Phil Perinchief (to mention a few) did their fair share of wheeling and dealing. Thirty years later they found themselves on the receiving end.
Dame Jennifer “had” to be lied to. She was humiliated publicly but she forged on — lips tightly closed — stoical as ever. “See what a good girl I am — I'll never say a bad thing about The Party.”
The PLP system of behind the scenes chicanery was a perfect set up for Dr Brown. All he needed to do next was remove Alex Scott. With the help of the infamous Rolfe, the deed was done and it was Alex Scott's turn to endure a humiliating experience at a Delegates Conference. Like a man he took it on the chin and said not a word. The Party reigned.
Let's not forget Phil Perinchief — he's been a feature throughout — not necessarily in the forefront, but always there, flitting about somewhere.
Pre Dr Brown, the PLP had appointed a good Attorney General — someone with integrity and know-how. That someone is Larry Mussenden — the same Larry Mussenden who, in the sports pages, is currently attempting to explain to an inept Minister of Sports how to do his job. The Minister, Glenn Blakeney refers to himself as “the substantive Minister”, whatever that means.
But I digress. Larry Mussenden, a good attorney general — well respected throughout the community — was arbitrarily and discourteously removed and, 'bingo', Phil Perinchief takes his place.
Later, Dr Brown finds himself in hot water (OMG what a surprise) and Attorney General Perinchief had to make things better. Mr Perinchief was told to take a losing case — personal to Dr Brown — to the appellate level — all at public expense. He didn't win and Dr Brown wasn't happy. To his chagrin, Phil Perinchief found out through the grapevine that it was his turn to be shafted. He had been fired and he was outraged and didn't care who knew it. His days of glory in the Party are over.
Now we have PLP primaries — ostensibly to show Bermuda how open and transparent the PLP is. No one is allowed to talk to the press (where are we, Syria?). The results can be overturned by the all powerful Central Committee. The system is made to order for manipulation and deceit. Enter Rolfe C once again. This is his territory where he is at his best and he sets out to do the nasty to the incumbent — MP Ashfield DeVent.
It has all become frighteningly clear. The PLP exists for itself. It has never, ever put Bermuda first. It consists of some good people who, unfortunately, lack the guts to do what is right. The good people are intimidated by the bad people and as has been proved over and over again — the latter outnumber the former.
My hopes are pinned on the OBA — without them we are doomed.
A POLLY FAN