And again, the NDP has missed a chance to bring some form of vibrancy within its stale political apparatus. The party has grown a reputation for being able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It is regurgitating the same failed practices that befell them under Arnhim Eustace’s leadership.
It is pass ridiculous that a mass-based institution has consistently failed to attract young, energetic and bright candidates. There is no mixture of youth and experience to even secure the party’s electoral future or present prospects.
No doubt the issue resides in the composition of the constituency councils themselves. It is the older, geriatrics with entrenched political patronage that makes up these committees. Therefore, they look in the mirror and select who look and think like them. That way, they secure the top jobs in any potential administration at worse. At best, they simply do not know better as they lack political savviness.
For a party which claims it’s on the verge of forming government here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it is woefully lacking in chutzpah. For a party that has lost the youth vote for successive elections, you will think that it will do something to reverse its fortunes.
The electorate is being taken for a ride and the NDP lacklustre approach to candidate selection seems as if they are campaigning to remain the opposition party. That party seems to be living in its own bubble divorced from the reality of the real people outside their various echo chambers.
Time will tell if all the Frenchmen on both the NDP and ULP side are wrong that it is the old people party and boring.
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