She didn’t jump. She left CIP disappointed and downhearted at the sad decline of the Cook Islands Party. She did not leave to become the new opposition leader. Smiley is the Demo leader, Teina Stripes Bishop is leader of the CI One Party,
Rose has always said she would like to see the unification of the best of each party. The best people for the job would come together and work for the people under a nationally-elected PM from a majority of the population - not the majority of 160 people.
Under CIP, Rose was ignored and shoved to the backbenches, probably due to her being a woman.
It was CIP who paraded in the politically born again Albert Nicholas and gave him not one but two ministries and one of them was Internal Affairs. Abuse of women and children has shocking statistics and issues such as domestic violence are crying out for a woman’s attention and empathy.
No, Rose Brown is no vaka-jumper. She knows a sinking ship when she sees one and if it continues to be scuttled afloat in a similar manner to the Tiare Tiaporo for the same corrupt reasons, she has the honesty, integrity and loyalty to not want to be part of such skulduggery.
Rose did not leave the CIP to be the leader of the largest opposition party the Democratic Party, she is the Rose between two thorns.
Rose left because she had had enough, she left with her head held high, with the courage of her convictions.
She is the lone wolf a rebel with a cause.
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