Posted by: nastylittletruths | May 3, 2010

What An MP Means To Me

Yesterday the two major opponents of this election presented eighty-two men and women seeking to represent you in parliament. If you know who the candidates are in your area, and if you happen to be home the one day in their respective term that you would actually see them walking your street, what would you like to say/ask that person?

We are generally a polite people (one of the reasons that Percy Villafana is so popular is that he did what most of us would like to do but don’t) so we don’t ‘rough up’ the people because we want those few precious seconds to get their attention to something that we want help with. And 90% of the time it’s a problem that your local government representative is responsible for.

It has been a source of frustration for me since my first campaign with the ONR in 1981 to the last one in 2007 with the COP. (I have sat this one out so far since I did not know who my prospective candidate was going to be). Our culture has been so interlocked with the maximum leader style that we cannot appreciate what government really means. The maximum leader themselves ‘big up’ themselves anyway so it’s a vicious cycle.

We elect a dictator in accordance with our constitution and then we complain… Our MPs don’t do what they are supposed to do because they are all tripping over each other to ingratiate themselves with the maximum leader and get a minister ‘wuk’. A minister cannot represent you properly in the House of Representatives! His focus is on other things (like flashing blue lights) and you are the least of his priorities – at least until the next election…

So when you get that precious 5 to 10 seconds with your candidate, ask him what ministerial portfolio he is looking forward to. If he/she plays coy and say it’s in the hands of the PM, say sorry, but you cannot get my vote – I want an MP to represent me in parliament and not a minister representing the interests of a government. That is what an MP means to me – someone who wants to represent me in the highest to court of the land – even if it means going against  the party line. One of the reasons I admire Keith Rowley even though I criticise him on other fronts.

I see KPB elaborating on her constitutional proposals to institute term limits to prime ministers and fixed election dates, but I would love to hear her position on no ministerial jobs for members of parliament. Let it work US style. The PM can appoint who he or she wants as managers and the MPs will keep them in line. Can I dare dream? Can you imagine how many of the power-hungry men and women will not put themselves up as candidates in a scenario like this?

Separate the sheep from the goats – ask yourself if Colm Imbert will want to be an MP? Ask any current minister of this current administration… And visit the parliament website and see how people can sit in that house and practically not speak at all, much less speak about your issues:

There are 17 MPs out of the 41 who have spoken less than 10 times in the last 2 1/2 years (Stanford Callender and Fitzgerald Jeffrey fought for last place at two times each) while six have spoken over 40 times…



  1. great observation…

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