Much to the chagrin of Lorne, Bousquet is hard on the ground in Choiseul rallying
forces. Over the weekend, Bousquet was at large
trekking the constituency and touching base either through direct personal contact
or making calls to key political stakeholders. Admittedly, his characteristic
campaign strength has always been his ability to easily navigate what is
believed to be a geographically difficult constituency and this weekend he did
so with some effect. Perhaps, it is this strength that has earned him a fair personal
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However, all is not well with him in the Team
Chastanet camp. At the constituency level, a caretaker team appointed
to monitor and make recommendations to the party leader, has largely ignored
him. Unconfirmed sources have revealed that no less than half a dozen options (minus
Bousquet) has been considered - and he is not happy with that status quo.
What is Bousquet up to? Immediately following
the November 2011 Poll, he indicated on national radio and TV that he was
finished with politics. However, in a subsequent discourse with the writer of
this article, he indicated that he was equally prepared to give “national
service” to his country if he were called upon to do so again!
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If we have any inkling of who the real Bousquet
is, then we should know that to him, “ambivalence means consent”! Bousquet has apparently
made up his mind to run again; and amidst all the fray and dissensus that has characterized
the selection process in Choiseul, he may well be the only viable candidate in
a contest with Lorne. In the pursuit of his goals, Bousquet is known to be the
sort of person that may not be able to hit the ceiling but he will not lie down
on the floor and complain.
Bousquet is acutely aware that Choiseul is in
the tossup category; but I’m sure he is equally aware that the electoral
outcome is not matter of fact. Traditionally, Choiseul has tended to lean
towards Labour but the paradox is it has also tended to lean towards Bousquet!
Choiseul’s idiosyncratic voting behavior in
recent history is not altogether inexplicable; it is partly based on Newton’s
Third law of “action-reaction”, that is, to every action, there is an equal and
opposite reaction! It is also partly based on the “missing-in-action” phenomenon
of fly-by-night parliamentary representatives who invariably disappear from the
constituency after they have won the seat. This phenomenon has resulted in the
creation of a political void which soon becomes filled with disenchantment,
disillusionment and disaffection!
This game is likely to continue until the
voters perceive a measure of reciprocity has been restored.
Notwithstanding all of the above, the
sequence of events in Choiseul may not have resulted in a major sea change in political
allegiance; however, at the moment, indications are the UWP may be savouring a slight
advantage; but the seat is equally winnable by either side.
The pattern in Choiseul for the past three
General Elections appeared to be 50/50 with a slight advantage (49/48) in
favour of Labour. The 3% swing vote, which
fell within the margin of error, invariably determined the final outcome of the
If we minus 1% disenchanted voters and add
the 3% swing, then theoretically, UWP is expected to be leading 52/48. In
addition, if the recent tradition of changing parliamentary rep every election
holds, then the UWP is expected to win Choiseul/Saltibus; however, the
situation is not linear.
Whereas the SLP camp has lost its frontline
campaign team, the UWP is divided and in disarray. Given the complex nature and
sequence of events surrounding Bousquet, his endorsement is likely to pose
insurmountable challenges to his party. If Bousquet were smart, he would
perhaps take the very advice he offered to his colleague Richard Frederick for
while his may be in contention to win the Choiseul seat, he may equally cost
the UWP the elections. Indeed, Richard because of his base and national
following may be a much bigger asset to the UWP than Bousquet.
Meanwhile, Choiseul is caught up between the devil and a deep blue sea of Souccouyan representation. Despite Bousquet’s
magnetic personality and his uncanny ability to trek the Choiseul constituency,
he has to be included in the category of a Souccouyan representative.
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