Let’s vote high-performing MPs back in

Dear Editor,

I hope that you are doing exceptionally well.

Could you please allow me some of your valuable space in your prestigious newspaper to share some of my thoughts on the next general election in 2022.

There is a lot of noise in the marketplace in the country today about the upcoming general election, especially since the governing party, the Free National Movement (FNM), recently held a town meeting and the prime minster admitted that the meeting was the launch of his re-election political campaign.

After a close scrutiny of the governing party, I have come to the conclusion that if the FNM should lose the general election, a number of standout members of Parliament in its ranks should be returned to the halls of Parliament.

Realistically, in The Bahamas when there is a sweep by a particular party in the election, even the good and performing MPs are sent home packing.

I believe that we need to find a way to reward good representation at the ballot box.

The all-or-nothing strategy has not benefitted the Bahamian people even in the way they would want.

The irony is that they have the power to ensure more caring and robust representation by keeping those who really have the people at heart.

The wave voting, while it is their right, has left the Parliament and the country void of those men and women who remained true to the cause of advancing the lives of Bahamians but whose political fate was unjustly determined by their association with a national party and admittedly by their own constituents, not their representation of the people.

I personally can think of two standout MPs in the persons of Shanendon Cartwright in St. Barnabas and Elsworth Johnson in Yamacraw.

These men have worked tirelessly on behalf of their constituents.

I am of the view that you should vote for the best person who earned your vote and who deserves re-election and you will get a better Parliament.

The argument is also that more of those persons will be among your future leaders because they will be in the pool that both parties will pick from.

The people have had to choose who both parties elevate as leaders from a caucus of winners.

Oftentimes, the best people to lead have been wiped out not because they didn’t deserve re-election but rather because of the feelings about the national party.

In our posture of reverence to party politics, we have diluted our own pool of would-be leaders.

Until we buck and suppress our dire need for what has become politically clannish, we will continue to deprive ourselves of our best and brightest.

And so we need to move this conversation onto the main political platform in the country.

A young man like Cartwright should be allowed to continue the awesome work that he has been doing in his constituency and nationally.

He seems to have been born with great political instincts.

If he continues on this path, he would be a force to reckon with for the leadership of his party and the country.

One thing I know for sure is that he will have my vote and generous support.


– John Peter Smith, disgruntled PLP

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