Everything surrounds BCP, the fine gossip which naturally will be followed by some murmurs of ‘she is a bicycle’, If you know what I mean. BCP, now we are told, will not have an elective congress in 2013. This is sensible because after all its election year and all sane political parties would not want to engage in internal tussles that may see them lose votes.
It is a move BDP has piloted. Therein lies the problem. It is that sort of curse that comes with being taken serious. Like when you are known to be a great person; responsible and usually a moral reference point for others. When you stumble, it appears as though what you have done is something other human beings never do. For the BCP, this curse of fortune has been self inflicted.
They were loudest when BDP chose to compromise. They branded it a surprising turn of events that has stifled democracy. For them, not having elections at a congress was the death knell on intra-party democracy. They branded BDP as not an example to all others only for this rumour mill to start up now. If the rumours are true, then the BCP has just learnt from Domkrag how to do that which they bitterly opposed and demonized. Unless it is a bad thing only if others do it. Right?
Well, the BCP must face up to this. They are currently the party most associated with stability. Their critics always say they are only stable because they are a small party that has no internal competition for positions. Is this true? Well, not electing to avoid conflicts may then prove the BNF faithful right when they shout every time that stability in the BCP is but like a rehearsed cameo. It is not the natural order of things but an artificial product of public relations stunts.
As well, the BNF faithfull’s criticism that BCP is a ‘mono thought’ kind of party where dissenting/differing voices are discouraged and stifled may just gather some momentum and justification. So, having declared themselves the guardian of political morals from corruption to intra-party democracy the BCP must live up to the lofty scales they have set. They made the bed and must lie on it. If they do not, well then they are as hypocritical as they all come.
Compromising as I have said before is a perfectly acceptable way of managing political conflict. Political conflict is and will always exist in every organization. It’s management at times entails compromising and not electing. The BCP has rejected this avenue though and must come out and tell us why it is such a good thing when they do it; if they do it as we are told they will that is.
If out of depth, they must find a way to cajole others not to fight bitter battles. We want to see how they fare especially in 2013 when they would have grown even more. Let the games begin ladies and gentlemen in lime! Are you that fragile? Is your under belly that soft and your bubble that susceptible to bursting? Well, what you do with your congress next year will answer these questions. For goodness sake, I hope you live up to the standards you have set for others to follow. If not, then those who write ‘there is still no alternative’ may just be proven right, once more.