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Warner’s unity appeal mind-boggling
Politics, it is said, makes strange bedfellows but the proverbial olive branch being offered by the Independent Liberal Party to the ruling People’s Partnership coalition has gone beyond the realm of strangeness. It is simply mind-boggling. For those who came in late which can be really just a few, the formation of the ILP was the ultimate result of the falling out between Jack Warner, who was a top dog in the coalition regime having acted as Prime Minister on several occasions and Minister of National Security, and the PP’s leadership.
The subsequent events including the formation of the ILP were fraught with unparalleled acrimony on the local political scenario which culminated in the opposition People’s National Movement slipping in through this crack and winning last week’s local government election (LGE). A natural occurrence of fragmentation among parties opposed to the PNM which everyone knows will always cause the PNM to win national elections through the splitting of the votes.
There’s no way anyone I think felt that a patching up of the bad blood between both parties could ever be on the cards given the nature of the political differences and the vicious war of words which the nation thoroughly abhorred. So that when Warner on Monday afternoon during a walkabout in the St Joseph constituency in the campaign for the by-election for that seat, made his astonishing announcement, it came like a bolt of lightning from the heavens above.
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