The political executioner strikes…again

By Raffique Shah
February 08, 2015

Raffique ShahI sense that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has cast her political fate to the wind, doing what she thinks she needs to with mere months to go before a general election. I suspect, too, that she no longer heeds her advisers, that she acts of her own accord, and will continue to do so for as long as she remains captain of the badly listing pirogue, the SS UNC-2.

Ample evidence of this don’t-give-a-damn posture was on show last week when she shocked everyone, including her cabal of ministers, by her wielding of a sharpened executioner’s sword, in the process decapitating friends and foes.

The nation expected Attorney General Anand Ramlogan to kneel at the altar of expediency and offer his neck to the PM. Based on what was in the public domain regarding a matter that’s before the court, Ramlogan was top of the list for decapitation. It was clear, however, that the sacrificial ram would not go solo, such was his standing in the PM’s herd.

Enter the garrulous Gary Griffith who thought that the ethics he learnt at Sandhurst were applicable in the den of iniquity that is the Cabinet. Protesting and bleating, and stunned by the aspersions cast at him by the PM, he barely felt the blade as his head rolled into the basket, joining Ramlogan’s.

Few would have been surprised up to that point. But on that fateful Night of the Long Knives, the PM had barely warmed up. Timothy Hamel-Smith, a bright and genial soul who offended no one, and who, by virtue of the position he held (President of the Senate) might otherwise be deemed sacrosanct, was summoned to the Kali-altar.

Like a lamb to the slaughter, Timothy meekly walked to the chopping block mumbling, “I guess I am expendable!” Chop! Timmy gone. As the population looked on in horror, many massaging their own necks to ensure they were still intact, the executioner shouted, “Emmanuel George!”

Huh? Mano? What he do, boy? The reticent career public servant and DJ of note was in a daze as he slow-marched to his death, almost as if he was attending his own funeral. Wham! Mano gone. People swore that the severed head chanted “ah is ah hooligan” as it settled next to the pre-deceased.

By then, because they were shocked by what was turning out to be wild bloodletting, other members of Cabinet went into the massage mode, such that you’d swear they suddenly contracted “stiff neck”. Suruj Rambachan loosened his tie and sweated profusely. Rudy Moonilal reached for what was barely there, mumbling something incoherently. In the chilled chambers of the Diplomatic Centre, men and women sweated.

Embau Moheni! The black brother thought he was hallucinating. His dashiki clung to his lithe frame, glued by sweat. But he put on a brave face: he knew he was being sacrificed to make way for another NJAC brother. Fist in the air, before he felt the blade, he shouted, “Power to Kamla!”

Rupert Griffith and Stacy Roopnarine almost lost control when the executioner bellowed their names. But they felt relieved in more ways than one when the PM smiled benignly, laid down the bloodied sword, and told them that they will live to be executed another day. They nodded their heads and managed to mutter, “Yes, Prime Minister.”

But the danse macabre was hardly over. Volunteers were actually queuing up to fill the breaches left by their dearly departed comrades. I know that fools rush in where angels fear to tread, but this show of power was morphing into a theatre of the absurd.

There was the genial Garvin Nicholas, be-suited and besotted, all eager to plunk down on the seat of Attorney General, still warm from Ramlogan. Garvin is somewhat a glutton for electoral punishment. Surely, I mused, he ought to realise that he was selected only to warm a chair as elections loom large on the horizon?

But stranger things have happened in the realm of politics. Before I could recover from the public bloodbath, there was my old friend and colleague, retired Brigadier Carl Alfonso, nattily dressed, exuding confidence as he marched with pride and precision to occupy the hottest seat in town, that of Minister of National Security.

What the Brig hopes to achieve in the few months he will be there, which our other military brethren (Brigadier John Sandy and Captain Griffith) failed to do, baffles me. But who knows? Carl is a wily old soldier and he may have some tricks up his sleeve that will baffle the criminals, if not their bodies, certainly their brains!

And at this stage in the tenure of Kamla’s administration, the twilight hours, so to speak, who gives a rat’s rectum what happens? I think the PM is working hard to put her ever-changing Government out of its misery, a kind of collective hara kiri, or worse, a revised version of the Jonestown pact.

Whatever happens between now and the elections, and what happens thereafter, Kamla will be best remembered for having recruited then decapitated the largest number of ministers and other senior officials in one five-year term.

Take a bow, Prime Minister—but be careful not to expose too much neck. That could be fatal.

31 Responses to “The political executioner strikes…again”


  • Calabar foundation $375,000 cheque, $2.7 million for 2 community centers repair nothing done. Toruba $1.2 billion spent and nobody can use it. Every PNM work project ran into millions of cost over runs. No Point Fortin hospital under PNM. Health care ran to the ground under PNM. No hospitals built. $50 million secret scholarship fund nobody charge for this, file hiding in the DPP not to prosecute folder. GTL $3.5 billion disappear. I could go on unfortunately Shah and his croonies see nothing wrong with the PNM record of waste, wickedness and gross mismanagement.

    • Mamoo. The topic is all about Kamla, “The political executioner ”

      Nothing to do with Old Mc Donald had a farm !

    • Thank you for your response Mr. Mamoo (de old Indian wise uncle, if you really are of East Indian descent)
      This blog reads like something out of McBeth or worse Othello. It validates Mr. Shah’s upper class education…

      I really think that this PM is learning and trying to build an alliance of trust. What you male specie fail to comprehend is that she is just like all of us…she has to pay back to the community, pay back to those that support her and write her own history (like every male politician is proudly allowed to do..).

      We live in a time of transparency and because of the internet, we have access to accurate information from legitimate sources…not someone’s Tobago grandmother or some elite tenured professor that resides in an imperialistic country and serves on major financial banking industries, who collects a multi million dollar paycheck at the end of the year for saying “yea.”

      I support this PM because she is progressive and attempting to make bold decisions. What has the PNM done for T&T? They love to hide behind the veil of conspiracy and self interest.
      I, like many of my expats, are poor humans that fell through the wide cracks that the PNM created from the Eric Williams days. This man was a puppet, a thief that buried small children’s dreams and suffocated the women’s movement by treating us like empty vessels. He was a sly and slick guy with they dark sun glasses that he wore even at night, afraid to look us in the eye.

      I think we need to coalition for democracy and not of self interest or else we will become another America. Balance and coexisting needs truth and honesty, not learned European poetry and rhetoric. We create our own culture as we evolve…the people of Trinidad and Tobago really need to wake up because change takes time and not a sunset every 45 minutes, as seen from earth’s atmosphere.

      Many of the writers in this blog were indoctrinated into the elite British mentality that encouraged political discourse that promoted division among race.

      Mr. Shah, you of all brown men in Trinidad need to take an unbiased look, get off the fence,stop meandering take a stand, or are you trying to solicit political favors for your future genealogical brood.

      Give our specie an opportunity.

      • “We live in a time of transparency and because of the internet, we have access to accurate information from legitimate sources…not someone’s Tobago grandmother or some elite tenured professor…”
        Indrani-indera-Gandhi

        Ain’t this something folks!This Chica spent what, some 3 or 4 months hibernating in her frigid,hombre devoid, bat-cave,only to come back on dis here ,Trini Center,Information Highway,and throw rocks at the image ,of a person ,close to de heart of yours truly.
        Is she attempting to incur my wrath,people?
        I thought we had a truce ,Sistaz, Indrani / Indera Gandhi?
        Didn’t I promise,that if you ‘stayed in your lane,’ ,and polish up your ,condescending/ disrespectful act,I won’t attack your parental – irresponsible, closet criminal Papa,and equally callous mama,who pack you ,and your 3 malnourished siblings, off to that cockroach infested,smelly, Richmond Hill, Zoo York den ,where your fat,tyrannical Berbice Auntie, and her lecherous husband,terrorized ‘you allze,’ to within an inch of a mental asylum?
        I personally don’t give a hoot as to your opinions of tenured Professors,your misguided views re de accuracy of internet information sources,or worst yet ,your penchant for keeping your fangs locked on to the rear end, of your Siparia Queen Kamla,even as she stink of de joint/drag T&T along ,towards that unwholesome part of ,Failed State status.
        “I  support this PM because she is progressive and attempting to make bold decisions. ”
        Sistaz II-G
        I personally did not take umbrage to your claim ,that you was enamored with your Trini, Hindustani PM,solely because she is an Indian ,just like you are.
        As to your new depictions now however, let’s simply state for de record, dat your PM, won’t recognize “Progressive,” or “bold,”if they both were to rise up from de ground, and smack her in the face.
        Tell you what Sistaz Indrani / Indera-Gandhi, you and dem well placed ,unmentionable cyber clowns ,can talk ,until dem Caroni Water Buffalos come home,but one thing for sure ,won’t ever occur here in my land ,and what’s that you ask? I’ll tell you. De Guyanarization of T&T will never be allowed to take place!
        Hopefully, for your sake ,those obvious cyber auditioning,you were indulging in , went well,as time is running out. A new PM,and party,would be in charge of this country,seeking to rectify the ship of state/clean up de UNC dominant,PP mess, left behind by political neophyte Kamla, and her anti transparency ,socio-economic /political goons.
        What does that mean for you and kind?
        Well, there would be better screening ,to ensure no unqualified,fake expert bozo,and previous party hacks, slip through the cracks.

        No,and quit behaving like de dog with de bone,for your specie had their full opportunity ,and si,it lasted all of five years.
        Now it’s time for ‘you allze,’ to head back to de political wilderness, my naive chica.
        You know the saying, ‘fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, then I am the idiot! ‘
        Trust me, when I say, these Trini voters,for your information, aren’t idiots.
        What time is it? De Tobago Wajang time!
        I luv dis land ,y tu?

        • Hard facts for small islanders to digest.

          Birth Name: Tatyana Marisol Ali

          Date of Birth: January 24, 1979

          Birth Place: Long Island, New York, USA

          Ethnicity: Afro-Panamanian, Trini Indian

          Tatyana Ali is an American actress/singer. She is famous for playing Ashley Banks on the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Her father, Sheriff Ali, is of East Indian ancestry, from Trinidad and Tobago. Her mother, Sonia, is of Afro-Panamanian heritage.

          Panamanians are made up of predominantly mixed Amerindian and Spanish ethnicities, otherwise referred to as Mestizo. Ali’s mother is said to be of West Indian heritage, according to last.fm.

          Ali speaks Spanish fluently, and some Hindi.

          __._,_.___

          • So tell us Royal Trini,where de hell did this girl learn Hindi? Let me guess,a weed smoking Hari Krishna If you naively believe ,that this chica,ran around Hollywood, and America boasting about being a water down African, like Barrack Hussain Obama, with South Asian blood in her veins,then you are certainly more delusional, than I could imagine.
            The yardstick, by which these tribally confused ,self loathing creatures ,judge themselves, has nada to do with Brown ,Black ,red ,or yellow skin.
            Translation -white dominant majority,Euro massa has done an incredible job on them.

      • What eminates from Shah’s writings is an implicit fear of offending his PNM cohorts and he is guilty of this every time he presents his cowardly pieces….very unbecoming of a professed soldier or is it anarchist?

  • Tell you what Mamoo! I give you a chance to tell us how much the PPP has wasted fro 2010 to now and I’m sure your calculator would run out of space before you finish. Nuff said!

    • The PNM left this nation with over $30 billion in debt through their wanton reckless out of control spendamania habits. Petrotrin alone racked up $10 billion in debt…thanks to wGTL.

      The PP is far better at managing the economy. They have put more money into the heritage and stabilization fund and yet gave people more than any other administration. That is the truth. Like it or not.

  • For PNM apologist Kian. I highlight the PNM record of waste mismanagement and cost over run. The PP has not had any cost over run.

    Building work on the Shaw Park Cultural Complex began in 2006, and was originally scheduled to be completed in June 2011. The original budget for the project was $196 million; it is now estimated to have cost a whopping $634 million. The main contractor is Yorke Structures Limited, with NIPDEC as project manager. The Scarborough Hospital cost $700 million that is about $7 million per bed, it is a 100 bed hospital. It cost an additional $130 million to complete. The grand total for this boondoggle $830 million and the UNC had to come and complete it. Took over 10 years to build.

    Toruba was suppose to cost $275 million, the final cost will be $1.1 billion.
    WGTL
    Petrotrin funded cost overruns to the tune of US$190.4 million. “In the end, the actual construction cost to date of this unfinished plant is US$400 million compared with an initial project cost in 2007 of US$160 million. Around $3.5 billion TT flush down the toilet.

    Chaguanas Corporation Administrative Complex—$10 million over-budget and 24 months’ delay; Chancery Lane—$300 million overrun, 24 months’ delay; Government campus, Legal Affairs Towers—$300 million over-budget and 18 months’ delay; International Waterfront—$1.3 billion over-budget and six months’ delay; Minister of Education Towers—$300 million over budget, 20 months’ delay; NAPA (PoS)—$234 million over-budget and 12 months overdue; NAPA (San Fernando)—$238 million over-budget and 30 months overdue; Beverly Hills—$106 million over-budget and 65 months’ delay; Brian Lara Stadium—$275 million final cost $1.2 billion. the Diplomatic Centre at the Prime Minister’s residence—$700 million over-budget and 5 months overdue. The last official figure given for the Diplomatic Centre was, however, $200 million.

    • Like I said Mamoo, use your calculator and check PPP waste. I notice that you continue with PNM what happen, you fraid to start counting PPP waste?

  • Yeah Mamoo, please tell us which hospital was started and completed since 2010. I am sure that someone got educated with that $50 million secret scholarship fund. So now tell us who got educated or even charged for the $34 million Life Sport giveaway. Don’t forget to comment on wickedness and mismanagement in what I call Revenge Governance, in less than five years.

  • “In politics there is no incentive to tell the truth”(Andrew Coyne..Nov’2014)Permit me to state:that I am non-partisan.Since the spring of 1968 my residency in Canada began,and on “four occasions I have cast a ballot” Prior to my arrival in Canada once (1966)I voted for (God rest his soul)Dr.Winston (a.k.a “silver tongue”)Mahabir.

    Nonetheless,my enjoyment and analysis of politicians continues.Politics is a “game” played amongst intellectuals with the masses as the pawn.(most,all,some)Some politicians are compulsive liars.Usually,these are not back benchers.Others are primarily used to support the Government’s position in the house “vote” to support a bill etc.

    Are there any records of the Opposition (democracy)in which they vocally support the Government in any given situation? Please enlighten me with regards to the present administration.”Power corrupts” and it manifests itself in the recent removal of the Attorney General and two of his colleagues. (to be continued)

    • I have to concur

    • Bang on! Vote of conscience vs towing the line. Then there is the focus of some individuals to remove others for their effort in getting a task done as opposed to addressing concerns and issues (on behalf of the pawns) reflective of collective responsibility.

      True, Winston Mahabir had a silver tongue and so was Lionel Seukeran. Remember what happened in the southland of T&T during a political meeting as to the villagers addressing Lionel?

      Is’nt it amazing that the bullets were lodged at the entry point of the opposition caucus room (not government) in Ottawa during the firefight at Parliament Hill?

      • You know folks,I hate to beat a dead horse ,but let me ,nevertheless ,do so, otra vez.
        I was fortunate ,to be nurtured under de wonderful hands, of de wisest woman, that ever lived, in my late, extremely wise, Tobago Granny, and she would often say to yours truly, as she lamented some idiotic -confusing /incomprehensible diatribe, by an egomaniacal -pompus, braying donkey-“plain talk ,bad manners!”
        Hey Trini Royal, please ,quit torturing us with your opaque discourses! Not all of us studied Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Othello.
        What exactly, are you attempting to say,my country hating Piasano? Is it that we should give your Kamla led ,UNC dominant PP another chance ,since they made such a drastic turn around of our nation’s fortunes ,in 5 years ,so much so ,that we are now equivalent to Ottawa Canada?
        Silver tongue Winston Mahabir/Seukeran? Don’t make me laugh! Call our boy John Agitation name,and I’ll think you are serious.
        Vote of conscience vs towing the line? Enough already!
        Luv Humanity people!

      • A very tragic affair in Ottawa.I wrote a brief continuum to my original article,and for some in-explicable reason;I am unable to “submit”..”truth always surfaces”

        • Happened to me a couple of times as well with some responses on different topics.

          • Quit whining, you cyber cretins. It happens to all of us at some time. Get over it.
            Knowing you Royal Trini, you probably was on one of your typical, brown ,neo triumphalist, anti African folks -troligian campaigns.
            As for that creature Swordfish?Good griefs ,and if I have to read another of his useless babble ,on how long ,he migrated to Canada ,I am going to throw up. No Mas Swordfish!!We get it.You so adore Canada ,so much so, that you purchased 50 acres of land, in Newfoundland, to be buried,when you die.
            Country hating bums!

      • Ooops! A scary affair Trini in the Canadian house of commons…..please “jog” my memory about the villagers and Lionel…merci/thanks

        • Lionel Seukeran lived at Ruth Av. San-F’do and was canvassing in Debe during the 50s (same era as Roy Joseph). Lionel had an American car which characterized him (by the way his daughter is married to Lenny Saith). During that night whilst he was at the microphone the villagers got a heaping amount of ‘gobar’ and packed it on the back seat of his car, then they came back in the area of the microphone and started heckling him. They said to him is just wha yur talking, and yur go find in the in the car. In a nutshell, what is the queen’s English to the elite is bull shit to others.

          • It was the much admired ,Chicago log cabin,slave owner – lawyer,and later assassinated American President, Abby Lincoln, who once said-and I paraphrase -“I do not care who my grandfather was, I am more concern, about what his grandson is going to be.”
            Oh and by the way,he was murdered simply because it was perceived by White racists countrymen, that he was some stupid ‘Niggaz lover,’whose aims were to help slaves acquire their freedom, thus forcing the country into a divisive civil war,pitting Southern plantation owners,against their equally evil Northern Industrial counterparts.
            The reality was that Lincoln sole aim was to keep American united.

            Pray someone,anyone ,tell me if you can ,what exactly is this clueless revisionist -Royal Trini’s point,in regurgitating his disgusting anecdote?
            What I find most amusing, is the fact that he ,that country hating, self loathing ,national ingrate in Chief,VS Naipaul, and similar European wannabee,unpatriotic bums,masquerading as learned, sophisticated blokes ,on dis here Trini Center ,information Highway,prefer to lay blame on Afro Trini folks ,for all the well documented ,historical social maladies ,that negatively impacted their people,while exonerating their much adored, White ,conniving ,divide and rule British Massa. Pathetic ,ain’t it?
            Hey buddy,please get it in your twisted head,that this is 2015,and it’s time ,you and kind ,start looking in de mirror.
            For de record ,our T&T ,got to thus present state -good ,& bad- due to the efforts of all our peoples-be they ex descendants of resilient Slaves, indentured laborers, or grand pickanees of colonial slave Massas.
            It will take all such peoples,together with our much maligned, 110,000 illegal immigrants, that seeped through the border cracks ,of our island paradise, to continue that mammoth task of moving our underachieving country forward.
            Quit this idiotic, doom and gloom,finger pointing ,negative mantra,and start using your time ,to lay out some win/win suggestions ,that can bolster positive change.
            No one cares about your long dead heroes!
            Hopefully you can detect ,that I too ain’t care about dead heroes.
            Well….,I take dat back ,for my extremely wise, wise Tobago Granny, as ‘you alze’ can glean by now, ,is a special case,si?
            Stay tuned for my memoir -a book in tribute. ‘Socrates Sister,Buddha son.’
            Long live the Republic of T&T!

          • Swordfish, you asked for the refreshing of Lionel and this was addressed. I also do have vivid memories of Winston Mahabir and his lucid speeches. I will always pay respect to my elders especially those from home who always extend class and values regardless of race, creed and religion.

  • http://m.guardian.co.tt/news/2015-02-10/manning%E2%80%99s-reign-ends

    Yep,and on de more important political front. ..Tobago’s own,in Papa Niza, strikes ,again ,which makes de winner,ummmmmm… The Right Honorable MP for Westmooorings-and we can throw in (just for argument sake) Diego Martin-Dr.Keith Rowley.
    Hey folks ,looks like de Mason Hall kid, is on a roll,and ain’t that the truth?
    Here is a list of his recent accomplishments,with the help of course Papa N :-
    1.Oil prices fell drastically, inhibiting Her Madjesstrick Queen Kamla, from dishing out,pre election goodies,to gullible potential voters,and the usual life time ,neo tribal party hacks.
    2.The two PNM troublemakers ,in fake Christian -Sando Geologist Manning, and de Afro Arima Carib -do nada of consequence -Penelope ,are now history,as we like to say on the streets.
    3.Once enamored ,co-opted media agents,and lofty folks, who benefited from the PP treasury raids, are now jumping off de bandwagon.
    Hey folks , as ‘you allze’ know, yours truly, like to idly boast,of having the wisest Granny in de world ,a la Tobago Granny, but ,’me think,’ dat the savvy Auntie K, had one such Granny as well-based on some of her more skillful pre election moves ,even in the face of imminent, ship wrecking danger.
    danger.
    One of the most potent quotes, my Grandmother would extend to yours truly, was -“never cut your nose to spoil your face ,”and what a poignant gem indeed!
    There are those who have demanded de Siparia Queen Kamla, should remove oil/gas subsidies, in light of falling oil prices ,but she wisely,refuse to comply to their request.
    Pay close attention also,to the folks she kicked off her PP camp,as opposed to those she kept. As Ex Senator Hamil Smith said,”I am expendable.”
    Well, so were all the others.
    Suraj Rambachan,a high end carbal chieftain, and worst yet, a dismal political failure, is still there.
    Dr Goopiesing, a fake anti genocide advocate,has done nada ,but muck up the education ministry, re his obsession with handing out tribal ,state paid scholarships, is still here.
    There are those typical ,Afro eat ah fooders, and COP self serving bozos ,who would blindly bow at the UNC alter, and tout the virtues of Queen Kamla, irrespective of her government missteps, faux pas, and not too closeted criminality, but again,who is checking,or really care?
    The fact remains, that she won’t touch dem with a 10ft pole,even though ‘they stink up de political joint,’
    Hang in there Auntie K. 45%of de population loves you,while 45% despise you,so dat ain’t half bad ,is it?
    Long live the Republic of T&T!
    I luv dis land, Y tu?
    Excellent article, as usual Uncle Shah!

  • , “and what happens thereafter, Kamla will be best remembered for having recruited then decapitated the largest number of ministers and other senior officials in one five-year”-Shah

    The PM has dealt with the longest set of misfits and dismissed them summarily for crossing over into no man’s land. Some of them achieved international noteriety such as the big tief Mr. Warner. A man who used Ministry of Works letterhead to solicit funds from beneficiaries of contracts telling them to give generously to his Christmas fund. The money being sent to an account with his name if I recall correctly. For awhile he was untouchable.As soon as his office was cleared Dr. Rowley embraced him. The same Dr. Rowley who called for his removal no less than 22 times in Parliament.

    The Prime Minister learned well from Manning and Panday. Both men moved or demoted but never dismissed. She understood that corruption is a cancer and must be quickly removed to protect the body politic. As such her currently level of ministers remain untainted by the scandals that plagued previous administrations.

    Over to Rowley where clear evidence documented shows that materials for building the Scarborough Hospital was redirected to Landate. He stole from the public purse. His second in command Ms. MacDonald received a cheque of $275,000 for her Calabar Foundation, also a contract was given out to the tune of $2.7 million for repairs to 2 community centers, no repair was done.

    Al Rawi was the lawyer who negotiated a contract for his family building at 1 Alexandra Place to the tune of $54 millon per year in rent. This was done just before the 2010 election. The building remains unused… Stands to reason if the PNM head is sick the body will be no different. Leadership certainly not by example.

    PNM apologist Kian and Neal only see corruption outside the PNM. To them the head is not corrupt nor can it be corrupted despite clear evidence of corruption and corrupt practices by the leader of the PNM, the Chief Whip and their PRO. Kian and Neil has set the bar so low for the PNM leadeship that if it goes any lower there will be no bar…

    • Mamoo, judging by what you allow yourself to believe and print in cyber space is evidence of your inability to be honest, truthful, coherent and articulate. Before responding, there is something I wish to make clear. I have never entered a PNM office, spoken with a PNM official, know what the PNM laws and bye-laws are or sympathized with PNM thinking. Judging by my brother Neal’s writing it is obvious that, like myself he is a free thinker and a freelancer. When people are party affiliated, schooled, informed and financed as you are, it becomes very obvious because they become twisted in reasoning in order to satisfy party behavior. I can assure that no PNM OFFICIAL of party member know me or recognize me. What Neal and myself stand for is truth, honesty, integrity and ethics and try to interject that behavior in public life. Your writings fall short in these qualities and I’m willing to address them as we go along:
      1. “The PM has dealt with the longest set of misfits and dismissed them summarily for crossing over into no man’s land. Some of them achieved international noteriety such as the big tief Mr. Warner.”
      It is ungratefulness on your part to label the man who single-handedly propelled your party into power as a ‘misfit’. Whilst I’m diametrically opposed to the politics Jack Warner played to get the UNC in power, there is no doubt that without his vision and tactics, people like you would not have had the opportunity to gleefully boast about Kamla. What good leaders do is recognize talent and choose their inner circle and cabinet based on that knowledge. The fact that Kamla has had so much turmoil and turnover is not her mettle, but lack of ability to recognize good quality in people.

      2. ” She understood that corruption is a cancer and must be quickly removed to protect the body politic. As such her currently level of ministers remain untainted by the scandals that plagued previous administrations.”

      Look at her history, she only understand corruption in her administration when the public demands that she does something about it. If the public don’t tell her, she pushes the issue under a rug. Again, a sign of weak leadership.
      3. “Over to Rowley where clear evidence documented shows that materials for building the Scarborough Hospital was redirected to Landate. He stole from the public purse. His second in command Ms.”
      Again Mamoo…..talk…talk….talk…if there was/is evidence of Dr. Rowley’s culpability in Landate or any kind of hanky-panky, you and I know that Anand, Kamla, Vasant, Sat, Gopeesingh and company would waste not time in bringing the matter to UNC ‘justice’. You seem to forget, the Uff commission had already investigated the housing issue with Dr. Rowley and found no culpability. The latest attempt by Kamla to revisit the issue has found less than enthusiasm in another commission investigation. As a matter of fact, so called ‘witness’ make themselves unavailable to waste their time with committee hearings into the matter.
      4. “PNM apologist Kian and Neal only see corruption outside the PNM.”
      If there is anybody who is supposed to know about corruption is Kamla, Anand and yourself. We hear a lot about how ‘popular’ Kamla is. If popularity is a key to being elected, how come she is so reluctant to take advantage of her ‘popularity’ and call election while she is ‘riding’ high on that popularity?. The fact that Neal and IO do not share that view is because we know that under this administration everybody have a price. It is obvious who believes the ‘popularity’ and who don’t. It not those who believe that Kamla is concerned about, it is those who do not believe that cowes her into reluctancy of pulling the election date from her bosom.
      In conclusion, we are very concerned that her strategy of ‘hiding’ the behavior of Anand Ramlogan, whilst at the same time trumpeting the ethical behavior of Gary Griffith and David West means that she understands corruption well enough to try to stear away from her own culpability in that respect. The woman is cunning, evil, crafty and wily in her efforts to look ‘good’ for the next election. So, when the election comes nearer there will be enough to show that she is inept and a waste of time as a leader.

      • 1. “The PM has dealt with the longest set of misfits and dismissed them summarily for crossing over into no man’s land. Some of them achieved international noteriety such as the big tief Mr. Warner.”
        It is ungratefulness on your part to label the man who single-handedly propelled your party into power as a ‘misfit’. Whilst I’m diametrically opposed to the politics Jack Warner played to get the UNC in power, there is no doubt that without his vision and tactics, people like you would not have had the opportunity to gleefully boast about Kamla. What good leaders do is recognize talent and choose their inner circle and cabinet based on that knowledge. The fact that Kamla has had so much turmoil and turnover is not her mettle, but lack of ability to recognize good quality in people.
        In response.
        Kamla defended Jack as much as she could until she had to cut him loose. Oddly Rowley accused Jack of all those things you mention and then warmly received him into the Opposition benches. Don’t you find that strange Kian.???

        2. ” She understood that corruption is a cancer and must be quickly removed to protect the body politic. As such her currently level of ministers remain untainted by the scandals that plagued previous administrations.”

        Look at her history, she only understand corruption in her administration when the public demands that she does something about it. If the public don’t tell her, she pushes the issue under a rug. Again, a sign of weak leadership.

        Response:
        She is accountable to the public unlike all PNM leaders who just ignored the public.

        3. “Over to Rowley where clear evidence documented shows that materials for building the Scarborough Hospital was redirected to Landate. He stole from the public purse. His second in command Ms.”
        Again Mamoo…..talk…talk….talk…if there was/is evidence of Dr. Rowley’s culpability in Landate or any kind of hanky-panky, you and I know that Anand, Kamla, Vasant, Sat, Gopeesingh and company would waste not time in bringing the matter to UNC ‘justice’. You seem to forget, the Uff commission had already investigated the housing issue with Dr. Rowley and found no culpability. The latest attempt by Kamla to revisit the issue has found less than enthusiasm in another commission investigation. As a matter of fact, so called ‘witness’ make themselves unavailable to waste their time with committee hearings into the matter.

        Response:

        Go and read the report. Isn’t it odf a 100 bed hospital in Tobago cost over $700 millon.

        4. “PNM apologist Kian and Neal only see corruption outside the PNM.”
        If there is anybody who is supposed to know about corruption is Kamla, Anand and yourself. We hear a lot about how ‘popular’ Kamla is. If popularity is a key to being elected, how come she is so reluctant to take advantage of her ‘popularity’ and call election while she is ‘riding’ high on
        Response:
        You prove my point corruption “only exist” in the PP.

  • The gall of dis bumbling Trologian ,and worst yet,neo-tribal party hack,as he tried ,but failed to ‘flip de script,’by casting ,over de top aspersions,on progressive patriots ,such as Cuz Kian ,and Voice of reason/ ‘Global Humanist Neal!’
    Pray someone, anyone, explain to yours truly,how one can be a “PNM political apologist,” yet publicly show his utter contempt, for one of it’s stalwarts,in pathetic,self serving -fake Christian/Black -poor folks despising/Tobago hating,PNM Everready Bunny-bozo,Patrick Manning?
    Well,…..I take that back,since the original,ridiculous label,emanated from the craw of ….who else,but de Mayaro,lifetime drunkard-Mamboo?
    Poor,psychologically traumatized fellow,is obviously limited,in de education department,as he,unlike most other Trini kids,in his time,only went to school,during de August vacation,when the no toilet,rickety,Mayaro primary school,was close,and ain’t dat a sick tragedy?
    Let’s wish him,his out of her element /clueless PM,and party,well,(but not at de polls)hmmmmm?
    Long live the Republic of T&T!

  • how many politicians…past and present have purchased multi-million dollar property in other countries…
    I bet more PNM folks have invested and purchased properties in foreign countries..esp. NYC,London, Holland…etc. Can’t wait to see what Erica Williams owns in the sunshine state of Florida, or those PP that claim to be for the people..own in NYC
    I have also noticed that this here Trini site has some interesting facts about the history of racism…sadly it traces it back to India. Did racism originate in India? You folks need to get your facts and science correct. Racism and socio-economic class differentiation are distinct and somewhat separate…

    Stop thinking like the neo tribogian,
    Trinidad will not end up like Guyana but with some great planning it will become just like Nigeria where the dumb becomes dumber and the greedy become self proclaim gods…unless the poor get some gobur (sp) and throw it on the self-proclaimed gods of economic prosperity…

  • Don’t be an “ignoramous”Oca Seamongrel,as we like to say on de streets .Led by National Divider in Chief Basdeo,and his -“dis is our time”-protégé ,in political neophyte Kamla,de great grand pickanees of your ancestors ,have held political sway, in this once envied country ,for only two terms,and thanks,oh AfroBuddhaSunGod ,for dat.
    Using any method for comparative analysis ,they the ungrateful members of your tribe , have done-in true cultural fashion- more to tarnish race relations ,and worst yet, indulged in some of the most blatant forms of corruption imaginable ,in the history of the entire region/Commonwealth.
    Well…let me temper that,for there is of course,..ummmmm that ghastly ,hell hole ,of Chedi-Janet-Jagdeo-Ramoutar- Guyana,which we will hopefully never emulate.
    The sad reality is that Africans who have allegedly held power in T&T ,during the other 45 years,of our fledgling, Twin island Republic, had with few exception,ignored their own,while pandering to the other,in their quest to hold on to power.

    Racism is an alien concept,when it comes to African people globally Oca. History would show ,that your tribal folks ,have always thrived ,anywhere Africans are the dominant majority.
    Don’t take my word for it.Go do your research,and for the record,that Ugandan savage, IDi Dada Amin ,was an aberration, but pay close attention, for if your leaders, keep pushing de symbolic buttons, one never knows ,where once such might emerge.
    Don’t get it twisted( ,and for pete ..sorry Bridgelal sake ,)quit slurping on Kamla’s fake spiritual ,neo- racist – extremely close -spiritual adviser -Sat Maraj ,Koolaid,for you never know ,what it might be laced with….hmmmmmmmm?
    Hey folks,maybe I am a sick/psychologically twisted bastard,for I get such sadistic pleasure, in exposing these delusional cretins.
    I am always fascinated ,when tribalist ,Country hating bozos, try to flip the script( as we say 9n de streets)and erroneously ,characterize others ,with names ,that are best suited for themselves.
    The only Afro Trinis ,these bums will adore ,either have 500 million de the bank,possess 600 acres ,of prime real estate,or are willing to roll over ,and play dead ,when their self serving elites ,engage in their power forays.
    Sorry Oca,for our ‘don’t give a darm, if Good Friday falls on a Monday’folks,are waking up to ‘you allze,’diabolical machinations,and are saying ,no mas.
    Unfortunately for backwater thinking folks like your self,(both young,and even old) neo progressive members of de tribe ,are also giving the middle finger, to a petty destructive thinking, as regurgitated by you,and kind,and so ,are attempting to build bridges ,across the fast expanding social divide.
    Sing with me Oca Seamongrel…Luv Humanity,& say no to tribalism!
    Failure so to do, can have dire consequences. Trust me on that,as I have been in the global trenches, and saw the results of depraved souls, treatment of the other – especially when they are poor,and the resultant fall outs/’blowbacks.’
    Long live the Republic of T&T!

  • As we become more informed on what goes on in our government, it becomes obvious that what we are noticing is the continued deterioration of the machinations of process and orderly conduct on the part of those entrusted with powers to conduct our business the way it was meant to be. These high officials, who hold prestigious positions to uphold the dignity of office and run matters according to law, have in fact run matters for personal gains and self gratification in recent years. The latest revelations about missing high court files that were found in the offices of Anand Ramlogan’s favorite PRIVATE attorney, Gerald Ramdeen is a case in point. Court files are NOT personal documents nor are they information that anyone, including court employees should be tampering with, without due cause. It can also be said that, without proper jurisdictionally approved notice, such files should NOT be laying around outside of the confidential chambers of the Court’s filing rooms. So, with that in mind, even more troubling is the Chief Justice’s casual comments, relating to the misplaced files, that the police has dealt with the matter. His nonchalance has attracted even more curiosity because of the high regards placed on such information. One cannot help but wonder what is happening to our democracy where ALL the different branches of government have failed miserably. The government, being that of the Judiciary, Executive and Parliamentary, can hardly be described as a place where the common man feels that that the business of state is functioning well. When the President falls prey to questions of greed and ill-gotten gains – that is worrisome. When the Chief Justice cannot give a reasonable explanation of files missing from his chambers – that is worrisome. When the Speaker of the House uses the authority of the HIGH COURT to prevent debate in the house – that is worrisome. When the Prime Minister is asking the Leader of the Opposition to tell her first, of private legal matters he is involved with before agreeing to her recommendation for head of the PCA (she is NOT the Queen) – that is worrisome. When the Finance Minister and Governor of the Central Bank cannot come straight and tell the population (honestly) how the U.S dollars flow in the country – that is worrisome. When there is an Attorney General whose sole purpose is to serve the Prime Minister and to hell with the rest of the country – that is worrisome. Moonlit stated that Rowley is the fabricator of the emails that were placed in Parliament last year. Well, with the essence of all the matters played out in front of our eyes and the issues spoken about in the emails, one would have to contend that Moonilal either has high regard for Dr. Rowley’s dictionary skills or the behavior of high officials in the government are playing the roles Rowley read about in the emails. Knowing Moonilal as we do, we do not expect him to be complimenting Dr. Rowley on his skills as a fictional writer. So, one has to assume that the characters of the email fame might just be too true to mention. Most observers believe that with the deteriorating confidence with each of these branches and the frivolity with which they function, it might be inevitable to allow the people an opportunity to determine, whether we want continuance of this crowd or Whether we want to elect someone else with a new mandate. There have always been concerns why the Chief Justice remains quiet and aloof in the face of so many cases judicial excesses and experimentations. As the chief interpreter of the law and procedural matters, he never venture into the public domain to opine validity or irrelevance to situations like Section 34, emailgate, prisongate, run-offs etc etc. In a confused state of lawlessness on the part of high officials and government overreach, one might want to believe that the chief law interpreter (CJ) might want to intervene at times to set the record straight, but, not so with our CJ, he remains aloof even when his name is mentioned in the emailgate, the parliament and critical files actually missing from the court chambers. In most countries, these are treasonable conduct but not so here. Left unattended and allowed to remain speculative in the public domain is reckless and could hinder confidence in the CJ. He should come out boldly and let us know where the law stands these matters. In conclusion, most people believe that the truth is REALLY hard to come by from almost ALL of the high officials that dictate to us. Not to take notice of all this is to be brain dead. So, since most would like to have a proper functioning democracy, lets get over with and CALL elections NOW.

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