As I mentioned in previous blog entries the Congress of the People, the party that gave hope to many and ultimately fizzled out during elections is showing signs of becoming moribund. Since its defeat it has been drifting silently about like a great ocean liner that has lost its rudder and all power. Today Gillian Lucky announced her resignation from the party stating she was pulling out of politics altogether. Actually, she called me at home before I left for work to give me the news and I can’t say I was displeased with her decision. Her pullout marks what I feel will be the complete decline of a party that, despite starting out with a bang, has become a virtual political nonentity.
In a sense the decay was inevitable given the party failed to garner even a single seat in elections. Being in the political wilderness tends to limit how much exposure a party can get in the media ad thus it falls quickly of of the political radar. That being said, the COP had promised during the campaign that no matter what the outcome they would continue to be involved in steering the nation on the right course and remain actively involved in improving communities. Well, like a morning mist in sunshine those promises evaporated and turned into petty internal squabbling and the occasional press release commenting on national issues.
Even before the election loss Ms Lucky was being clearly marginalized in public. She was not invited to speak at the Women’s Forum and was also prevented from speaking at the final rally. That would be all well and good if there were time constraints or other high-profile speakers that needed to be heard but she was glossed over ( in the case of the final rally) for people that nobody had either heard of or cared to hear.
Gillian did not win her hotly contested seat but she has widespread public support and admiration for her straightforward approach and shoot from the hip attitude. People may say many things about political figures but nobody that i know questions her dedication to this country and her stubborn refusal to be bribed or placated into towing any line she disagrees with. He withdrawal from the COP is a major loss and, most likely, marks the beginning of the end of the COP’s credibility as a political party.
I wish Gillian all the best in continuing to fight the good fight and my humanitarian nature wishes the COP a fairly painless death.