They raised campaigns in the past that were based on similar songs and similar slogans. The Big Deal and the Real Deal versions of the Christopher Martin song about how ‘he is very, very important’ was perhaps one of the most humorous aspects of the rivalry between UDP’s John Saldivar and Patrick Faber. And while we can’t remember which one was the real or the big deal, the UDP is expecting both candidates to convince the party delegates which one would give them a better deal as the Party Leader when Prime Minister Barrow eventually retires. We asked the area representative for the Pickstock Division who he supported and he said it’s always good to love who loves you and he doesn’t need to sweat fever like the other politicians.
Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “I’ve seen them out on the stump and I thought that it was such a wonderful display of democracy to see how spirited and active they are and how they are going to the people because, in the final analysis, it’s the people who are going to determine whether they even get elected much less get in any higher position than that. So I commend them for the energy they are putting into it, the lone sight of the energy that they are putting into it is getting me tired. I couldn’t think of that but I commend both of them for the energy they are putting into the process and I get the sense that John and Patrick have long been friends and that this rivalry for the leadership will not influence their relationship one way or the other. Other politicians well you call sweat fever, but I don’t think in the final analysis it’s going to have any real influence on the party and on their relationship, I think they are going to emerge from it stronger.”
Reporter: Is it your understanding that there is anybody else who would want to seek leadership in the UDP?
Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “There is some suggestion that there is a particular dark horse indeed. I don’t want to call names because I haven’t gotten any confirmation on that but your sense is as good as mine. Apparently, there is a third person there who is causing some measure of consternation but that again is good. If you want to be the leader you’ll have to be a cut above the rest and I think having to compete for leadership is a good thing rather than a bad thing.”
Reporter: Who would you give your support to if we see Minister Faber or Minister Saldivar?
Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “I have no difficulty with respect to that. I give the one who has paid most attention to Pickstock. It’s the Pickstock people who elect me and they know who they are and I have not been hesitant about that. I believe you must love who love you, reciprocity so I will give my support to the one who has over the years been good to my people, who have in turn been good to me that is very simple to me.”
Reporter: So who has been good and loving Pickstock?
Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Oh ….. talk to the Pickstock people.”
You heard the Area Representative speak of a dark horse that may also want to make it a three horse race to the finish line. Sources inside the UDP told Love News that there is a group allegedly pushing for the untested Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte to join Patrick Faber and John Saldivar in the race for the leadership position.