Blog: Courage, Cowardice or Despair
At a press conference on Saturday 1 September 2012 SAJ stated that the MSM must be prepared to go alone at the next general elections notwithstanding the remake because a misfortune (malheur) may occur at any time.
The MSM has never won an election alone unlike the Labour Party. Neither has the MMM for that matter. After the split in the MMM in 1983 the MSM won two elections in 1983 and 1987 with the support of the Labour Party of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the PMSD of Sir Gaëtan Duval. Yet this same SAJ is now heaping insults on SSR everywhere and he attempted to send Sir Gaëtan Duval to the gallows in 1989. In 1995 alone the MSM lost massively. In 1991 and 2000 it came to power with its traditional crutches, the MMM. But the most interesting feature took place in 2005 when the Labour Party alone defeated the MMM/MSM alliance. The myth that the MSM/MMM alliance would always be unbeatable exploded thus leaving both the MMM and the MSM in disarray until today. Both these parties are still figuring out how to win an election again. Remake or no remake? To destroy or be destroyed? That is the dilemma of both Paul Bérenger and SAJ.
The question may be asked why SAJ has referred to the possibility or high probability of going it alone at the next elections. Nobody in the MSM has denied that Showkally Soodhun met with Xavier Duval to renegotiate an alliance with Navin Ramgoolam. Is the MSM going through the backdoor to seek alternative allies in the event that the remake is unmade? It is a blunt fact that if the remake is off the fight will be between Paul Bérenger and Navin Ramgoolam and this is a risk that Paul Bérenger is not prepared to take given his successive defeats as the alternative prime minister in 1983 and 2005. Sticking to SAJ is no longer a guarantee of victory for an MMM/MSM alliance. Paul Bérenger is fully conscious of that in spite of that entire artificial bravado being shown by him and SAJ at meagrely attended gatherings and at press conferences.
When Paul Bérenger speaks of the courage of SAJ it is a big farce. Either SAJ is terribly scared that the remake may be derailed at any time and in a fit of bravery which is in fact a deep cowardice inside he is trying to provoke Paul Bérenger to stick to him. Or it is utter despair that the remake may be grounded. What if that happens? At the end of the day the public must be having a good laugh. All that remake stuff, all the twists in that remake, the total dearth of an alternative policy to the one being pursued by the present government, the total lack of any vision on economic policies in this difficult financial and economic climate, just paint the image of a cowardly SAJ who knows that he cannot face Navin Ramgoolam alone and a despair that finally power will not be within reach soon or never at all.
Surely when Paul Bérenger was saying that he was bowing down to the courage of SAJ it must have been a slip of the tongue and he meant cowardice or despair or both.
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