By Joette Penn/ http://tamrinswitch.wordpress.com/
The talk of the town for a long time now had been Branville McCartney and what he was going to do since he tendered his resignation from the FNM. That question was answered definitely last Thursday when Branville McCartney had a launch for his new political party, the Democratic National Alliance. Now you may not be a conspiracy theorist like the people that are buzzing in my ear but the first thing that should jump out at you is the use of the world Alliance instead of Party, but anyway.
As I mentioned Branville McCartney held a launch for his party last week and it was first billed as an invite only event. However it happened the DNA had a great showing of support from people for whatever reason whether it was curiosity or genuine support for the new party. Mr. McCartney gave a disappointing at best speech and announced some of the candidates that he intends to run in the next general elections. Among them were singer Sammi Star and a lady by the name of Kelphine Cunningham, what is notable about Ms. Cunningham is the fact that she is around the same age as Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie who are said to be too old and out of touch so I guess there goes that argument.
What was also notable about the DNA launch was that there was no announcement of party officers inclusive of a Deputy Leader, Secretary General or even a Chairman.
There was no talk of a constitution or by laws or how the DNA will be governed or how they intend to govern the Bahamas (although I did see a vision and mission statement on their facebook page). There was however a lot of Mr. McCartney asking the crowd to imagine this, that and the other and quoting of notable deceased leaders. What was also notable was the deja vu feeling I got when Mr. McCartney was speaking, I found myself constantly thinking where have I heard this before.
What is even more peculiar is the dead silence from the Free National Movement in the wake of the official launch of the DNA. There has been not one word, not even from Hubert Ingraham. After all it one were to look at the superficial circumstances it would seem like Branville McCartney has not only left the FNM but has taken a lot of their support with him, some even say that McCartney has gotten some of the FNM backers to now support his efforts.
The conspiracy theorists whispering in my ear think that there is just something not right. Here you have Tommy Turnquest who is said to want to regain leadership in the party…….silent. The FNM’s chairman who is vocal on some things to the point of verbal diarrhea……..silent. The FNM’s maximum leader who has on more than one occasion used his tongue as a dagger on the best and brightest in politics…….silent. Dion Foulkes, former Deputy leader………silent. Could it be that those whispering in my ear have a point? Could it be that the FNM has formed a coalition with Branville McCartney for him to go out and win seats that they know that cannot and at the end of the day they gang up on the Progressive Liberal Party?
A poll done has placed the FNM out of the running for the next election, they have the PLP holding steady and there are a number of people that are now swing voters or are open to a third party. This may well be the information that the FNM and DNA are going on. Maybe the conspiracy theorists are right.
When Branville McCartney resigned from the Cabinet of The Bahamas he made it a point to say that he supported the leadership of the Free National Movement. He was quoted in the Nassau Guardian in March of 2010 as saying. “I am committed to the FNM and Hubert Ingraham. They are the best choice for this Bahamas at this time. And they have my full support.” When he resigned from the party in March of 2011 his press statement said, “I want to state clearly that this decision is not coded in anyway with animosity of any kind for the leadership or members of the party, but a decision out of a need to satisfy my conscience.” One would have thought that Mr. McCartney should have stated what his conscience told him about the FNM.
Whatever the conspiracy theorists say we can only sit, watch and wait to see what will unfold as the campaign for the elections get more intense. Will the lighthouse of the DNA catch fire with the FNM torch and the two become one……..again. Or will Branville McCartney really denounce the FNM and get his Party going in earnest. For those conspiracy theorists and armchair pundits there are really interesting times.