Mr. Commissiong’s comments in today’s paper outline exactly why the disbanding of the UBP would change the scope of Bermuda’s political future.
While the end of the UBP might seem like a dream scenario for hard-core PLP-ers, Mr. Commissiong forecasts a new political landscape spells dangers for his own party.
"Prior to 1998, it was only the threat of continued Anglo-white domination of the political process which kept the then-opposition party together; and post 1998, it is only the threat of renewed Anglo-political domination, as represented by the white-dominated UBP, which continues to provide the adhesive to party unity."
Once that threat is smashed issues of political philosophy and ideology, largely unresolved in the PLP will need to be addressed, said Mr. Commissiong, leading to an issues-based political environment.
As Mr. Commissiong suggests, the UBP is the glue that holds the PLP together causing real issues to fall to the wayside. It is a situation unlikely to change as long as the older generations still live and the UBP holds considerable political power. The question then becomes whether the UBP can make the greatest sacrifice of all and put the betterment of Bermuda for all Bermudians ahead of the betterment of the party?