It was long rumoured that former Premier Reuben T Meade, upon his resignation from active politics, left his Movement for Change and Prosperity Party (MCAP) on Montserrat, in limbo, with no obvious Leader endorsed by the former Premier Meade.
The talking points also lingered that within MCAP, despite the displays of seeming unity on the outside, there were brewing internal conflicts amongst certain members jockeying for Leadership of the party.
Today, exclusive news has reached the Editorial Desk of MNI Alive Media, which we have cross-checked and verified as being factual, that Senior MCAP Member, and one-time party Chairman Peter D. A Queeley has resigned from the party.
Is Mr Queeley's resignation a signal that the internal conflicts within MCAP have reached boiling point, and the party's fragmentation is now in motion?
The party earlier this year already was struck a blow when young politician, Jermaine Wade, was expelled from the party amidst a very public falling out with his long time mentor, former Premier Meade.
Meade, prior to the by-election in January chose to endorse Dr Sammy Joseph. This decision, coupled with contradicting accounts of the advice R T. Meade gave to Wade that night on his verandah, prior to Wade going on ZJB's morning show the following day and laying bare his discontent with MCAP and Meade having chosen Dr Sammy over him to contest the January by-election, has seen MCAP limping along wondering who exactly will lead come elections 2019.
With Mr Queeley out of the fray the questions that begs from MNI Alive's perspective are:
1) Will Mr Queeley now go and form his own alliance with Wade, and perhaps bring back Meade from retirement with a new party for 2019?
2) Will Dr Sammy and Easton Taylor-Farrell have a spat over who should now lead MCAP?
3) Can Dr Sammy now see himself entering the 2019 contest under an MCAP banner?
4) Will Reuben T Meade come from retirement to save the MCAP Party?
5) Or will silent, but behind the scenes operator Roslyn Cassell-Sealy jump back into the political fray to rescue the Party that was her's to begin with, before Meade took leadership from her back in 2009?
The full text of Mr Queeley's resignation letter has been obtained by MNI Alive Media and is shared below:
Dear MCAP Members
Please be advised of my decision to immediately END my association with the Movement For Change and Prosperity (MCAP) and by extension the Viewpoint Radio Programme.
In recent times I have become very disenchanted and disillusioned with certain aspects of the current MCAP Leadership. I have therefore decided that it is not in my best interest to burn my bridges personally or professionally with anyone within the MCAP Party. Additionally, I have no desire to create or to be accused of creating division and strife within the MCAP Party.
In 1994 as a youngster I secured a national scholarship under the then NPP now MCAP setup to travel overseas and further my education and training in the field of economics and to return and make a contribution in the Development Unit. I was denied that opportunity given the onset of the volcanic crisis. However, I continued to sharpen and enhance my skills in the area of economics to include studying and training at the highest level internationally to include the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute.
However, I did finally return to Montserrat in 2012 with the sole purpose of making a positive contribution to my country in the area of Macro Economic Management, Government Fiscal Affairs Management and Financial Services Management which is my area of expertise.
I fully intend to continue to make such a contribution to my beloved Montserrat in the various ways and opportunities that may arise in the future despite my departure from MCAP.
I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the many MCAP Members who have welcomed me with open arms and their positive words of wisdom over the last few years. Special thanks to the forever Hon. Reuben T Meade and Mr Austin Howe for their personal support and the many deep, thoughtful and spirited discussions.
I wish the MCAP Party and the MCAP Family every success for the future.