Since A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) assumed office in 2015 with its partner, the Alliance For Change (AFC), it has not taken on board, a single recommendation proposed by the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a party that contributed to its electoral success.
Saying this at his party’s most recent press conference was Executive Member and political activist, Dr. David Hinds.
The columnist said, “There has not been enough consultation… We feel that contracting decision making to Cabinet is a mistake.”
The WPA Executive said that the party has noticed a recent shift in behavior. However small that shift might be, Dr. Hinds said it evokes a sense of hope that a change is going to come.
In giving an example of this “shift”, Dr. Hinds said that for the first time, a coalition delegation that included all of its partners had a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
When challenged by the media to say if this approach did not appear to be opportunistic in any way, the activist said, “Whether so or not, it is still the right thing to do…coalitions are very difficult to manage and the yardstick by which we measure outcomes will be different…”
In addition to this, Dr. Hinds noted that the WPA has signed on for a second time because it holds the view that chances are better as a coalition rather than a single party.
In the meantime, he noted that the party has been refreshing its ranks through several community meetings. In fact, he said that 18 have been held in the last few months and in one instance, 39 individuals signed up to join the party. He said, too, that nothing but goodwill for the party’s political views and policy positions have been discovered.