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Jul 16, 2015

Sedi Says P.U.P.s Are Not Strategic

Wilfred Elrington

The People’s United Party has reached the point where politically connected and politically disconnected pundits have started offering advice. Advice of that sort can generally be disregarded, but today U.D.P. politician, Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, offered his own advice. Elrington told News Five that he doesn’t get the sense that there is any real strategic thinking taking place within the leadership of the P.U.P.

 

Wilfred Elrington, U.D.P. Area Representative, Pickstock

“Most of it seems to be kneejerk reactions and an overwhelming reliance on the part of the P.U.P. on the media and hopefully social partners, hopefully the Chamber of Commerce, the Churches or the Courts…they are looking for everybody to do the job of the politician. The political party has its own job and they can’t properly look to the court to do that job or to the churches or the Chamber of Commerce or to the unions. Each of those organizations have their own constituents’ peculiar needs, peculiar objectives, which is different from that of a political party. A political party has to be properly organized and has to be able to influence the people on the ground. You have to be able to register your people, you have to be able to transfer your people and you have to treat them in such a way that they become favourably disposed towards you. I was very amazed when I went down to the election in Dangriga—and I said it to them—there were a number of tents and lots of people in these tents, everybody wearing party colors, but those people don’t vote. So I said to them, both sides, go out and get the voters. You’ll never win an election standing under the tent. When I passed, they shout artificial border and yo sell yo own Belize and like Guatemala; these kinds of frivolous and unhelpful comments. But that is not gonna cause the party to win. What the party needs to be doing is to have all those people who are shouting those useless slogans having to go from house to house and see if they can bring the voters. But the party is not doing that. The party is hoping that the social partners are going to get them across the threshold. I don’t think that is going to happen; that is my only comment on it. It would be good if they get back to basics, do the fundamentals: go into the constituency, register your people, transfer your people, talk to them, share the love, share their pain, share the passion, whatever it is and make them once more become endear to the party. And then they will have a strong party with a real chance of winning. Of course, they will have to resolve the issue of the leadership problem because everybody seems to want to be leader; nobody wants to follow. Well you have to have followers. So you have to resolve the leadership dilemma and then the financial dilemma too because with weak leadership, nobody will want to finance your operations.”

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