New party bluesA new party was launched yesterday with a celebration. Eighty lawmakers who broke off from the Uri Party and five lawmakers from the Democratic Party joined the new group, which makes it the second largest party in the National Assembly.
Contrary to its slogan for grand unification, it further divided the ruling parties. During negotiations to produce a new party, for instance, exclusion took precedence over integration.
We wonder why a new party that only confuses citizens has to be formed at all. A party is an organization through which those who share ideas and policies hope to gain power. However, the principles and regulations of the new party nearly duplicate those of the Uri Party. If they were to do that, why did they cancel their membership to the Uri Party?
A party’s principles and regulations should be fathomed for years or at least months, but the new party’s leaders only took three or four days to complete them. Those people destroy, divide and produce disposable parties because what matters to them is not ideas or policies but power.
No matter the consequences to the national administration, they collapse parties and change names when elections come near. They seem to believe they shall be pardoned for what they did yesterday if they make a new party.
The new party assembles those who played integral roles in the current administration but dropped out of it without taking responsibility; those who for 14 years have been lawmakers and provincial heads thanks to the aid of the Grand National Party, which they have now fled; and those who have worked for the government but pretend to be a new civil force.
They can say nothing if they are pejoratively called a melting pot. They did not even select their party representative democratically and they continued a dogfight right up until the day they launched the new party, never agreeing. So what kind of solidarity can they speak of?
More troubles are ahead for the new party. The so-called Grand Unification Democratic New Party will have only instigated division and strife. More importantly, in order to be successful, they must collectively back a presidential candidate.
It is doubtful whether a party that began as a coalition of numerous interest groups will be able to effectively resolve such issues. Another issue that may arise is power sharing among the different groups when it comes time to allocate party ranks and files.