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Parties must listen to what electorate is saying
The members of the hierarchy of the United National Congress and the Congress of the People may only awake from their delusory state over the causes and consequences of their dismal showing in the local government elections on the morning after defeat in the general election; and so much too late to make a difference to the future of those parties.
The reality of facing the admonishing fingers of the electorate in a general election has begun to occupy the thinking of the PM, she claiming that notwithstanding the licking of the local poll, she and her party, the UNC—as she could not be referring to a non-existent People’s Partnership—will win the national poll. Psychoanalysts would probably conclude that the patients are suffering from political paranoia and schizophrenia to explain the delusional behaviour mixed with periods of reality.
My amateur psychoanalysis apart, the fact is that while the PM and her cabal realise what is at stake, she (they) cannot fully contemplate the political reality of having been badly demolished in all three elections so far held in 2013 while facing another possible defeat in the St Joseph by-election of next Monday and what that means for them.
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