Manning must explain

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Calder Hart and Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Newsday Editorial
Tuesday, May 4 2010

PRIME Minister Patrick Manning’s remarks about letting the Udecott “chips fall where they may” strikes us as platitudinous at best and as a cynical cop-out at worst.

Yes, it is true that the Government held the Uff Commission of Inquiry into Udecott and then laid the full, uncut report, in Parliament, as said by Manning, but his remarks at the PNM rally on Sunday at Woodford Square really sidestepped several matters. Quite simply, Manning failed to explain his relationship with former Udecott head, Calder Hart.

While the Uff Report clearly criticises the actions of Calder Hart, the simple fact is that Hart did not appoint himself as head of Udecott (along with directing the TT Mortgage Finance Company, Home Mortgage Bank and National Insurance Board), but rather he sat with the full blessing of Manning. In fact, even after Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley complained about Udecott’s non-accountability under himself as line Minister, Manning’s response was simply to fire Rowley on the dubious grounds of “wajank” behaviour, rather than to rein in Udecott..

Manning must explain.
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3 Responses to “Manning must explain”


  • Isn’t it somewhat strange that Mr. Manning is now batting in the _Panday’s corner? Recently he said that the UNC had shown no respect for Mr. Panday as founder of the Party. He went on to quote
    Mr. Panday’ remarks about the “vindictiveness” shown in not selecting his daughter, Mickela as a candidate.Now he is saying that Kamla is not Prime Ministerial material otherwise she would have chosen Mickela to represent Couva North.Isn’t he showing some form of bias about replacing Mr Panday with his daughter? It is my firm opinion that he is just trying to create confusion among UNC supporters and he must explain why he did not select Penny.

  • As a visitor to your Country I am only a spectator. They say that every Country has the Government it deserves!
    I sincerely beleive TnT deserves a better Government than it has at present. How can a small Nation with a Population of 1.3 million People and Oil and natural Gas plentiful have such a high poverty rate (just look at Sealots for example), watershortage, bad roads, etc. The list is endless. Your Government has robbed you bigtime!You the Voter can change that.
    I sincerely hope that the People of TnT have the courage for a necessary change!

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