For a quick start-up third party the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) managed to field a full slate of candidates in 2012, faring relatively well at the general election.
The party garnered sufficient votes to contribute to the defeat of a number of Free National Movement (FNM) candidates, though the DNA factor was not the main reason for the FNM’s loss. The loss of the youth and the female vote, both of which the PLP won, also played a major role in the FNM’s defeat.
Despite its relative success the DNA failed to live up to its hype and grand ambition. Party Leader Branville McCartney did not win re-election as the MP for Bamboo Town, which had not sent a PLP to the House of Assembly for some time before its 2012 win because of the split in the opposition vote.
Had McCartney restrained his frenzied self-centeredness and remained in the FNM he would have handily won Bamboo Town, and might have been in contention for Leader of the Opposition, poised potentially to become Prime Minister.
How he bungled his golden chance is an object lesson in poor judgment and intemperance. It is a tale of confusing foolhardiness with reckless risk-taking.