Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seeneevassen Was Fierce Opponent of PR

About sixty years ago -- according to Chit Dhukira's Experiments in Democracy -- the Labour Party, Sookdeo Bissoondoyal and other progressive individuals were dead against proportional presentation as proposed by the Secretary of State for the colonies. There was even a "Down with PR" campaign in the Mauritius Times. And the main speaker of the LP inside and outside of the legislature was none other than Renganaden Seeneevassen. The executive committee of Labour even expelled one Philippe Rozemont -- Guy's brother -- after he voted for PR. Isn't that interesting?

It gets even better when you learn that there was a by-election in 1956 after Guy Rozemont passed away and the campaign revolved around PR. Which the Labour Party won.

Now, isn't that funny that these days the current leader of the LP is promoting PR? Still believing he is a Labourite or a socialist?

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