“Our political machinery has broken down badly and that’s why we are where we are today… we will have to climb Mount Everest to get back to where we were,” Kellier told delegates at the party’s Regional Executive Council of Region Six meeting at John Rollins Success Primary School in Rose Hall, St James.
“The blame game is not going to get us anywhere. If we intend to rescue the party going forward to the parish council elections, it is going to be a Herculean task, believe me. The result of the last [general] election is the best canvass you can have, and the most accurate one, so that is what we will have to use to work ourselves out of the hole,” he argued.
“Going forward is not going to be easy… we are in a state of flux, we are all about power, personal power, and personal aggrandisement and one-upmanship, that is what we are about. We are no longer a cohesive force that can deliver the knockout punch to the opposition and can spread the word of hope and progress to the people,” he said.
Kellier, a PNP vice-president since 2006, has been member of parliament for St James Southern since 1989, used the opportunity to advise delegates that he would not be seeking re-election at the party’s annual conference in September, and endorsed the candidacy of Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western Wykeham McNeill.
He told the meeting that, despite his decision not to seek re-election as a vice-president, he is prepared to assist with the reorganisation of the party in the region.
“We have to be baptised again. we need a refresher so that we can ‘wheel and come again’ in the true sense, because you should not take this Labour Party in power lightly. If you take them lightly, you are making a very serious mistake,” he stressed.
He urged the delegates, however, not to give up hope, stressing that there is now need for them to go out in the various communities and spread the party’s message. “Get back out there and you will reap the rewards down the road. It is going to be hard, pain-staking work, but if you decide your mind to do it, you will overcome,” Kellier said.
The party’s Region Six encompasses the parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland in which there are 10 parliamentary seats and 38 parish council divisions. In the February 25 General Election the then ruling PNP lost three of the eight seats it had held during the 2011 national polls, two of which were lost in the parish of St James.
The PNP also has control of the three parish councils in Region Six, accounting for 33 of the sitting councillors.