Centreville MP Reece Chipman has “nothing to lose” after his resignation, Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine said yesterday.
McAlpine said those celebrating the resignation should reconsider for that very reason.
“He may not carry the title of FNM (Free National Movement) MP, but certainly his persona, his psyche, his views and his ideals will no doubt be the same and he can expand on them a little stronger and harder,” he said.
“Mr. Chipman is even in a better place than perhaps me and my other colleagues that you spoke about, because he had to be respectful, as we have differences with the party, we’re still respectful that we’re in the party. Mr. Chipman no longer has to worry about that. He can speak his mind with a clear conscience and he can do what he wants to do.
“To be honest, those in the party who will celebrate his exit should really take another look because it was better to have him in than to have it out. Anytime you have people who were in now on the outside, they have nothing to lose. Nothing to lose, and so it’s kill or be killed. May the best man win.”
McAlpine, who was among a group of MPs that opposed the government’s value-added tax (VAT) hike, said he supports Chipman’s decision and was not surprised by the announcement.
“I support Mr. Chipman,” he said.
“I think he is an honorable gentleman, and he has gone as far as he can go with regards to the Free National Movement. He has his reasons and quite frankly I understand his reasons, and I wish Mr. Chipman all the best with his future endeavors, and I support him 100 percent.”
He added, “I was not surprised by Mr. Chipman’s resignation. As a matter of fact, Mr. Chipman was most patient in doing this. I think at one point he perhaps wanted to do this even earlier, and so I wasn’t surprised.”
McAlpine said he plans to remain with the FNM for now to see if he can effect change from within the party.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but for now, I’m going to stay within my party because I’m trying to make changes within,” he said.
“I think I’m here to hold my party accountable and to continue to show them the error of their ways.
“I’m a preacher, so I guess I just believe in the fruit of the spirit, long suffering and patience, and so I will continue to strive and to go in that direction until I can go no longer.”
He added, “While we comply with the party’s philosophy, I don’t think people send us to the House of Assembly to become puppets and robots.”