The move by former Public Service Minister Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute to re-engage with and support the leadership of the United Workers Party (UWP) is not unusual says Mary Isaac.
The Opposition Senator said it is a situation where Montoute may have been supporting other people who he would have preferred to have emerged as leader, but has now changed his stance.
“And there is nothing wrong with that. It was very democratic,” Isaac explained.
But now that Allen Chastanet has been re-elected leader of the party, the former UWP government minister may have thought it was necessary to support the leader.
“I believe the right and decent thing to do is throw your support behind the leader, and support him fully and that is what Spider is doing,” the UWP candidate remarked.
She continued: “There are many cases in the bible where people are forgiven.”
Isaac also used an idiom for the situation, “Politics makes strange bedfellows,” which means people who would normally dislike and avoid one another will work together if they think it is politically useful to do so.
Montoute is among several candidates endorsed by the party to contest the next general elections. He had resigned from the Senate in December, 2014 to allow Isaac to replace him.
The UWP member lost the Gros Islet seat in the last elections to Emma Hippolyte by a slim margin.