Monthly Archive for May, 2010

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The old order changeth

LEFT: David Abdullah of the Movement for Social Justice, Congress of the People (COP) political leader Winston Dookeran, Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) leader Ashworth Jack, United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) political leader Makandal Daaga, and chairman of the Movement for Social Justice Errol McLeod.

The People's Partnership

By George Alleyne
May 26, 2010 – newsday.co.tt

Monday’s General Election which, according to preliminary results, has seen the People’s Partnership win 29 of the 41 seats of the House of Representatives and in the process wrest power from the People’s National Movement has paved the way for changes to be made to the country’s Constitution.
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Manning: I accept defeat

Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning

By Carol Matroo and Joanne Briggs
Tuesday, May 25 2010

Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning said he will take full responsibility for the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) loss to the People’s Partnership in yesterday’s General Election.
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Congratulations to the New Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Prime Minister Elect Kamla Persad-Bissessar

The latest tally is 29 seats to the People’s Partnership and 12 seats to the PNM. The People’s National Movement has officially lost the Election. The Political Leader Patrick Manning has conceded defeat to the People’s Partnership.
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Election Day 2010 Updates: Open Thread

Election Day 2010: Two Voters in Maraval

Election Day 2010: Two Voters in Maraval

Voters lined up from as early as 5:30 AM at a polling station in Maraval. Here two of the early voters showed off their stained fingers at 6:15 AM.
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Which party are you supporting in this election and why?

Election 2010: Open Thread

How do you think people should vote?
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Political cocktail: the sacred and the profane

PM Patrick Manning and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

PNM Patrick Manning vs UNC Kamla Persad-Bissessar

By Raffique Shah
May 23, 2010

I AM told by people who have witnessed election campaigns in other Caribbean countries that ours are not unique in their curious blend of the sacred and the profane. I regret not having experiences like theirs so I can make comparisons. I doubt, though, that elections platforms in any other country can rival ours when it comes to hypocrisy, contradictions and shamelessness.
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Time For Change

PM Patrick Manning and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

PNM Patrick Manning vs UNC Kamla Persad-Bissessar

By Ras Tyehimba
May 22, 2010

I am convinced that for the good of the country the present Manning-led PNM administration needs to go. To this end, I agree with the points expressed in this article, Election 2010: An Opportunity for Change.

My view is simple – the present Manning-led government is just too arrogant, dishonest and squandering to be rewarded with another term in office. The corruption under the PNM invokes memories of the infamous John O’Halloran, and in my view, surpasses that of the UNC while they were in office. The Manning-led government has presided over mass squandermania while expecting the public to pay for their excesses through such initiatives as the Property Tax Bill.
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No New Property Tax

Karen Nunez-Tesheira and PM Patrick Manning

Karen Nunez-Tesheira and PM Patrick Manning

THE EDITOR: I acknowledge that taxes must be paid and sometimes increased in order to maintain and develop the society. Any government could point to all they ‘did for the people’ with our taxes and natural resources dollars, but I am sure if people scrutinize the projects we would find corruption as the underlying reason they bought into many ideas or chose certain companies to work with. Ever so often, a case will get the attention of the wider public.
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Cutting Corners Mister Project Manager?

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

THE EDITOR: The following quote was reported in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper on 17th May, 2010, and it has been attributed to the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago:

“Prime Minister Patrick Manning last night conceded that State enterprise Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) may have ‘cut corners’ in order to deliver on its mandate. Manning also stated that the governance model with UDeCOTT and other special purpose and state enterprises ‘require improvements.’ He said such companies ‘cut corners all the time,’ but that this was done in order to get around bureaucracy and to meet the demands placed on them.”
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Swaratsingh Still a Priest

Kennedy Swaratsingh

Kennedy Swaratsingh

By Andre Bagoo
Friday, May 21 2010 – newsday.co.tt

ROMAN CATHOLIC Archbishop Edward Gilbert yesterday said Kennedy Swaratsingh, the PNM candidate for St Joseph in Monday’s General Election, is still a priest of the RC Church. It was widely thought that Swaratsingh was an ex-priest since he entered public life three years ago.

In an interview with Newsday, the head of the local Catholic Church further revealed that Swaratsingh was suspended under Church law after he got married in a civil ceremony.
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