Debate on social issues: Minister of National Security Peter Phillips beat Ken Baugh, JLP.
Peter Phillips wants to be in the Cabinet if the PNP wins; and he wants to replace Portia as leader of the PNP if the PNP loses. He had every incentive to perform and did so.
Ken Baugh was not a popular or effective Minister of Health in the 80’s, and recycling him for the 21st century was just a bad idea.
Debate on the economy: Audley Shaw, JLP, beat Minister of Finance Omar Davies.
How come ?
Audley Shaw knows his entire political career is at stake. He has no future in politics if the JLP loses the election and he loses his seat. He had every incentive to shine and he did.
Omar knows he is going to be replaced by Peter Bunting if the PNP wins, and if the PNP loses, he has no chance of winning the leadership. He had no incentive to win and he didn’t.
Debate between the leaders: Leader of the Opposition Golding beat Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
How come ?
He’s smarter and more articulate. He will have a tough time continuing in politics if the JLP loses this election. He was a gentleman and he showed his class, winning without making her a loser.
The Prime Minister went in to the debates to hold her own. She did. She believes that her supporters are (1) in a majority (2) don’t care about whether she can talk about stuff they don’t understand either…
What effect will the debates have, if any ?
Your guess is as good as mine…….
However, let’s whizz back to the U.S. elections of 2000 and 2004. George W. Bush (rich, educated, but not terribly smart) fought and won against two very smart and articulate Democrats, Al Gore and John Kerry. He used religion, and the fact that people liked him, to win. See any resemblance to our lady Prime Minister ?
Let’s just hope that if Portia wins she turns out to be better leader than George W. Bush has turned out to be…….
[posted with ecto]