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Devious and mischievous call by the PNPYO

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The recent ramblings by the PNPYO have brought into sharper focus how uniformed many are about the mainstream operations of the PNP. After listening to the YO's reason why Deputy General Secretary (DGS) Luther Buchanan should resign, it has become troubling that such serious allegations can be levelled against an individual without merit.

The trend is worrying and creates cause for concern. In light of these allegations, let me attempt to bring clarity to the information as misrepresented in the public domain by the PNPYO.

In 2006, Luther Buchanan became MP for Westmoreland Eastern and shortly thereafter vice-chairman for Region Six with direct responsibility for organising.

In the general election of 2007, Region Six outperformed most regions by wrestling Hanover Eastern from the JLP and later won two council seats (Hopewell and Chesterfield divisions) to gain control of the Hanover Parish Council.

In 2008, Buchanan joined the PNP secretariat as deputy general secretary in charge of organising as part of the team under the stellar leadership of Peter Bunting as general secretary. By 2011, the synergy and energy were evident within the PNP along with other variables such as messaging and unity. The party won the general election by a landslide victory. The effect was replicated in the local government elections in 2012.

When Paul Burke assumed responsibilities as general secretary, his management style was clearly different to that of his predecessor. His deputies seemed to have had less responsibilities; the operations appeared chaotic and less targeted. We all know the result, we lost the 2016 General Election and subsequently the local government elections.

The party has struggled to return to winning ways since then, having lost crucial seats including Portland Eastern earlier this month and St Mary South Eastern, even though we had two attractive candidates.

When there became a clear vacancy for the post of president, Buchanan stepped back as deputy general secretary to campaign for Peter Bunting. However, Bunting did not advance his bid for presidency and Buchanan returned to his post as deputy general secretary.

To my absolute knowledge he was never returned to the substantive post as “DGS with responsibility for organising”. Under the Peter Phillips-led PNP, he was given oversight for two constituencies only — Hanover Eastern and St James Southern.

Therefore, for him to be criticised as a non-performer and further call for his resignation is both devious and mischievous. The DGS is the only Member of Parliament in Westmoreland to have retained all his council seats in the last local government elections.

Based on these accomplishments since 2006 can the YO honestly say Buchanan is a non-performer?

The PNP, like no other party, should clearly understand the concept of “youthful exuberance” and we are heartened that the youth of the party are making valuable contributions to the processes within the party, but these contributions must be made based on truth and merit.

No one person can fix the problems within the PNP at this time. What is required is strong leadership to attack some of the very issues highlighted in the YO's 21-point document. The party needs the correct blend of leadership, youth and experience to tackle the issues at this time.

John Scarborough

scarborough876@gmail.com


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