HISTORY – 84TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK : Why The Labour Party descended into infighting (1950s)

It was during Guy Rozemont’s tenure of the Labour party leadership that dissenting voices within the party began to be raised. Even during his lifetime, it seemed, at some point, Anquetil kept a distance from Rozemont, for, according to Dr Maurice Curé, Rozemont was forbidden by an ailing Anquetil on his deathbed, to come at his home to see him. Riven by factionalism and clashes of personalities, the party descended into infighting to the point that Dr Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, a new adherent, considered “the situation as grave”.

He wrote in Advance newspaper in 1952 that “it is clear that there must be a reorganization of the Labour party…..”. Yet, in a large measure, the very appearance of Ramgoolam on the Labour scene, though seen in a sheep’s clothing was detected as a “loup dans la bergerie” by some who cried wolf. That presence was decried in harsh terms most notably by Dr Maurice Curé and Dr Edgar Millien.