These new measures were taken at the party’s annual Caucus, held at its Basseterre headquarters, involving over 200 delegates and other officials from the 8 constituencies on St. Kitts.
New Chairman of PAM, Mr. De Lara McClure Taylor, said that his vision for the future of the party is affixed to the revitalization of the organization, through a comprehensive overhaul of the internal structure and operations.
Taylor said that, “The thought is that with a stronger internal mechanism and with a stronger foundation of the party, you would be better able to move forward and project a better image, as you proceed to deal with the public, or the nation at large.”
He said that the party understands that it first has to work on its organs of functionality, so that whenever there is an election, we would be better able to manage the process.
The work ahead, explained Chairman Taylor, involves the development of strategies on how best to compete in an election, how to organize the constituencies, how to organize the different units and groups, and have all our structural requirements in place, so that whenever the polls are due, we can better compete and be successful.
“As the new Chairman, my vision, or what I hope to do, is to be in touch with as many members and friends of the party and the different units, so that we can include and incorporate and embrace all ideas, as diverse as they may be, to gain consensus for our programs, policies and strategies.”
“I hope to find ways to provide the opportunities for the experienced members of the party, who in the past were involved in the election process. I hope for us as an Executive and a party, to benefit from their expertise, knowledge and skills ….learning about the things they did to win elections back then…..when PAM was in power. It is important for us to learn how they ran campaigns back then…..what they did to be successful.”
The Chairman was firm in his conviction, that though the party has to utilize all new and modern technologies, systems, strategies and approaches, in the modern world of politics, we must never lose sight of the intrinsic value of the experience and knowledge of our stalwart operatives who have many years of experience in the trenches of the battlefield of politics and electioneering.
Taylor said that “There is room for the voices and contributions of those with the institutional memory of the party, on how they ran campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s. We can get ideas from the people who were around long time ago. Yes, we have some changes, some new people are coming, but even though we have change, we still need some measure of continuity.”
You need the continuity to reach back, to pull from the best talents and to learn about some of the policy issues that have worked. It is this intelligence that would best shape the modern approach for the future.
“One of the things I would like to see, is more discussion on policy matters….more content driven things…on subjects like health care, education, environmental reform, cost of living, and financial matters. I want us, as a party in general, to discuss these things to better influence and develop the agenda of the party, so that even though PAM may not be in power, we are able to discuss and help shape the national agenda in all areas of our country’s development.”