With all the drama going on over at the United Bermuda Party at the moment, why hasn't the leader of the country, their main political opponent, taken the opportunity to kick them while they're down? After all, we've all seen what happens when the boot is on the other foot.

In his first comments on the issue, Dr. Brown states quite simply: "Because it's wrong to gloat. It's wrong to celebrate the opponent's discomfort. To capitalize on it is one thing, but to publicly talk about it is not something a gentleman does."

The statement is said half-jokingly, but it speaks to his confidence in the strength of his own position and party. "We're moderately strong and getting stronger by the day," he said. "We are quietly confident that the UBP will not win the next election."

Doesn't he find it ironic though that a few weeks ago he was the one being chastised for talking about the origins of the UBP in the House of Assembly and now its own members are coming out saying never mind the past, everything he was alluding to is still happening today? Yes and no, he replies.

"There's a certain amount of irony and there's just the plain truth," he said. "My knowledge of the UBP did not come solely through reading the newspaper. My mother was a Member of Parliament for the UBP.

"My aunt was the first female minister in the country under the UBP. I listened to them as they licked their wounds and as I've said before, my mother predicted that this kind of thing would continue to happen in the UBP until they confronted the issue of racism."

His mother, in particular, suffered the slings and arrows of being a black politician in the UBP. "My mother was one of the people who formed the black caucus within the UBP and she was bypassed at the next election as a candidate. She believed to her death that it was because of her role in forming the caucus. That was 30 years ago."

So why not take advantage and call an election?

"If elections were called solely on the basis on the condition of the opponent, then obviously the election would have been called, but there are other factors to take into account. Our preparation is not complete."

That said, he adds: "If we called the election today, we would win. If we called it tomorrow, we would win. If we call it in 2008, we will win. I'm confident."