Cudjoe’s Indian Time Ah Come Part 1
By Sat Maharaj – December 02, 2010
When my friend Prof Selwyn Cudjoe invited me to deliver the feature address at the launch of his latest publication, Indian Time Ah Come In Trinidad and Tobago, my first response was that this was a set-up. Was Selwyn attempting to portray Sat Maharaj and Indians in general as a group glorifying in the political success of the People’s Partnership in a boastful way?
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By Raffique Shah
September 11, 2010
LET us be realistic about this burning issue of the minimum wage: no employer who is worthy of being called an entrepreneur pays anyone in his establishment $9 an hour. Put another way, no worker worth his or her sweat, however desperate she may be, would work for eight hours to take home $72. He would be better off hustling on the sidewalk, picking pockets, or robbing others of their valuables.
Continue reading ‘Minimum Wage, Maximum Farce’
By Dana Seetahal
Karen Nunez-Tesheira and PM Patrick Manning
August 27, 2010 – trinidadexpress.com
It is now three months since the People’s Partnership won the general election and, understandably, the focus has been on how it is performing and whether it is capable of keeping its election promises. My take is still that it is too early to make any real assessment as the Government is still settling in; six months might be a more reasonable time. Meanwhile, I believe this is a good time to look back and assess why the last Government lost power. There might be lessons there that could prove useful to not only the current Government but anyone in politics.
Continue reading ‘Where are they now?’
By Raffique Shah
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Minister of Works & Transport Jack Warner, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Minister of Public Utilities Emmanuel George and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the People's Partnership's Victory Celebration - June, 18, 2010
August 01, 2010
THE People’s Partnership has stamped its authority to govern the country over the next five years by convincingly winning two elections in as many months. Now, its leadership must be sensitive to the high expectations among a polls-drunk populace that was summoned to vote in six elections in ten years. The new Government faces the onerous task of governing a nation that can at times be overly demanding, somewhat fickle, and quick to condemn.
Continue reading ‘Big win, bigger expectations’
By Dr. Selwyn R Cudjoe
July 30, 2010
Forgive me if I do not feel as jaded about the PNM as so many commentators do.
The PNM is down but it is not out. However, the infighting that we are beginning to see certainly does not help. While it is true that the PNM has reached its nadir, in time it would begin to assert itself and continue to be an important national presence. It would not necessarily do so as it did before and with the same force but whatever happens it will remain relevant to our society’s political aspirations. In times such as these we are quick to draw conclusions about the fate of political parties and social groupings without understanding that history must be viewed as a process rather than a static phenomenon. We draw the wrong conclusion if we look only at the results of the last general and local government elections and conclude that the PNM is done. In fact, the recent performance of the PNM should not allow one to conclude that it has no future in this society nor that the People’s Partnership remains an implacable force of nature.
Continue reading ‘Rising from Rock Bottom’
July 28, 2010
PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Jack Warner
Chamber congratulates PM Kamla and Partnership
Kamla: T&T must not go back to old days
T&T must never go back to the days of the “old corrupt, arrogant, self-serving politics of the past,” says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Absent PNM MPs affected Diego results
Significantly two of the three MPs, Diego Martin North East MP and former Works Minister Colm Imbert who was also an aspirant to the PNM political leadership and Amery Browne were absent from the local government election campaign.
Continue reading ‘PP Trumps PNM in Local Govt Poll’
By Selwyn Ryan
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
June 27, 2010 – trinidadexpress.com
Two years ago, Ken Valley expressed the view that Patrick Manning had done some good things for Trinidad and Tobago, and that the People’s National Movement (PNM) ought to protect his legacy. ’If we leave him as political leader, he’ll continue to slide…I have an obligation towards the PNM and Trinidad. If we don’t intervene, the PNM will lose the next election.’ Mr Valley may have been a better prophet than Rev Pena.
Continue reading ‘Great is the PNM. But will it prevail?’
By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
PM of Australia Ms. Julia Gillard (Photo: Adam Carr) and
PM of Trinidad & Tobago Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar
June 27, 2010
Recent political events in T&T and Australia have brought to the fore the stark reality that there has to be something magical and/or lucky in number 24—Queen.
On 24 January 2010, United National Congress (UNC) supporters voted Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar as the new political leader of the UNC.
Continue reading ‘T&T and Australia — Lesson No. 24 — Queen: Comparative Analysis’
By Dr. Selwyn R Cudjoe
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner and leader of government business Roodal Moonila share a laugh in Parliament - June 25, 2010
June 26, 2010
For all intents and purposes, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar pulled a master stroke when she announced that she would hold the next local government elections on July 26.
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By Stephen Kangal
June 22, 2010
The sober question that my favourite T&T electorate must address dispassionately is whether in the face of the sordid and blemished history/culture of widespread, pervasive, repeated corruption, vandalisation and pillaging of the public purse it can ever put God out of its mind and elect the PNM to mis-govern and bleed this country again?
Continue reading ‘Should the PNM Govern Us Again?’