The Free National Movement Government had a come-to-reality opportunity over the weekend during a two-day conclave.
On both the first day, this past Friday when parliamentarians met at the FNM Headquarters in the capital island of New Providence; and the following day at the Holy Trinity Activity Centre, when the wider family of supporters attended, it was time to face up to the fullness of governance.
Sources informed that, as Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis had pointed out earlier in the week, it was an occasion for FNMs to get matters of concern “off their chests.” There were some rocky periods at the two sessions.
Firstly, regarding the parliamentarians, we have been told that a goodly number of them stood up and complained of a culture that was one-sided. There were concerns expressed that certain MPs have not been accommodated, in the least, on the employment end, through jobs for their constituencies.
In general, the MPs who voiced displeasure, worried about an imbalance in how the government decides on capital works and other economic opportunities in some of the areas. However, an oft embattled prime minister seems to find the moments to make the right statements which keep the disenchanted in the fold.
When he extended the hand of peace to all within the party, prior to the conclave, he made it clear that there would be an environment of comfort for those who wished to make complaints. It was a calming gesture that resulted in a productive two days, we understand.
Of the four Members of Parliament who went against the party stance on the resolution to lease the Town Center Mall for the general post office, two of them (Rev. Frederick McAlpine and Travis Robinson) reportedly came out of the conclave, no longer at odds with the party hierarchy.
It’s another story regarding Vaughn Miller and Reece Chipman, but Dr. Minnis is prepared to let time pass, in hopes that they would fall in line eventually with the government’s positions on national issues.
Based on what we have been told, along with the FNM’s post-conclave statement, the government party deserves at least an “eight” on a 1-10 scale of success. An honest reflection was the icing on the cake.
“The prime minister and party leader admitted that the party made mistakes. He noted that the FNM’s accomplishments were not being heard because of these mistakes, and because the party needed to improve its communications program.”
That acknowledgement is noteworthy and could be considered by some as an encouraging sign that a smoother process of governance is ahead, under Dr. Minnis and the FNM.