Why does their loyalty to Bernard Coard and to each other remain unimpaired?
She quotes Bernard Coard's self-criticism in his Summary Analysis of the October 1983 Catastrophe that "the greatest mistake that the entire leadership of the NJM made during our party crisis in September/October 1983 was our failure to even think of, not to mention submit to, the Assemblies, all the facts (and factors) affecting our internal party crisis, and lean on the people in such organized, structured fora, as the basis for resolving our grave difficulties." (p.87) Puri takes this as a belated partial endorsement of her own views, but is it?
He reminds us that the crisis was long in the making--Bernard Coard had resigned from the Central Committee from 1982 and was only very reluctantly persuaded to return in September 1983--tired, writes Scott, of being portrayed as "the hatchet man" (p.
The attempt by Maurice to reopen the joint-leadership issue on return from Cuba and the spreading of a rumor that Coard was seeking to assassinate him is narrated, as is the decision of Bishop to lead the crowd to the Fort.
(14) Rita Joseph, Claudette Pitt, Tessa Stroude and other women of the NWO executive shared Phyllis Coard's view.
Bernard Coard (Deputy Prime Minister of the People's Revolutionary Government and a member of the Central Committee) gives an explanation as to why this was the case.
In May 1982, Phyllis Coard, as chair of the Women's Committee of the NJM, noted the complaints of her colleagues and wrote a letter to the Political Bureau.
relative to what they are capable of (Phyllis Coard 1982).
Joint leader-ship was an attempt to combine Bishop's and Coard's strengths.
Phyllis Coard, as the only female on the Central Committee, agreed with the idea "not only for a short term, but on the long term basis".
She expressed her shock to hear his position and his unwillingness in practice to accept the Central Committee's decision on joint leadership, and reminded him that in the years before the revolution, he had always singled out Coard for praise for his hard work, energy and foresight.
He allegedly spread a rumour that Phyllis and Bernard Coard were trying to kill him, and was placed under house arrest.