The resignation by Craig Cannonier was inevitable after the Sun published this story – I think this was the nail in the coffin.
Michael Dunkley takes over as Premier until the OBA party meets to decide who the next leader will be – and the odds are that it will be Mr Dunkley who has consistently polled well, better than Mr Cannonier.
The problem, though, is that to many it will look like the UBP is back in power. The old guard are still very much there and I don’t see a ‘new guard’ waiting in the wings to take positions of power.
The headline is a rhetorical question but will it resonate with the electorate, especially the swing voters? There is an onus on the ‘new’ OBA MPs to step up from the backbenches now and make some noise.
As for Mr Cannonier, well it was inevitable. He said nothing illegal has happened, but mud sticks and there was a bad smell about all this.
For the good of the party he had to go, and go well before the next election. It will be interesting to see how having a former Premier on the backbenches will work. It could still be a distraction for the Party.
The OBA has a lot of rebuilding to do now – as a party and as a viable election winning organization.
PS, does this mean that the official party investigation is over now?
UPDATE: I’ve taken a bit of a bashing on FB for raising this issue and not ‘letting it go’. But I think it is a perception issue that the OBA are going to have to overcome. The majority of Cabinet consists of former UBP MPs. Senate is different with Brangman/Fahy et al.
UPDATE: Told that both Scott and Richards are committed. If so, there is no chance of the OBA losing their Parliamentary majority.
SOME OTHER VIEWPOINTS: http://jonnystar.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/the-end-of-the-beginning-cannonier-resigns/