Two poisoned chalices?

By Peter O’Connor
September 06, 2015 – newsday.co.tt

PNM vs UNCImagine that you were very thirsty and in front of you were two glasses, each containing a clear, cool liquid. But you know from bitter experience that one glass contains vinegar and the other has brine. Do you sip from one because you feel that it is less bitter than the other? Or do you alternate, and sometimes sip vinegar and other times try the brine? Or maybe, having been fooled by both, leave them there and keep moving wearily on, hoping to find water elsewhere? But the two poisoned chalices remain there, waiting to fool new thirsty people.

The truth is that your apathy in leaving them there makes you complicit in their continued existence.

And helps them to stay, essentially supporting each other.

Because somehow, we have not yet learned how to put a glass of clear, cool water and remove the vinegar and brine. So we walk on, and leave the poisoned chalices as the only option for other thirsty travellers? But what if, instead of drinking what we did not want, or just walking by, we poured the brine and vinegar into the searing hot sand? It is your right to vote tomorrow for the candidate or the party of your choice. But it is also your right to decide not to vote for any of the choices. Not to drink that poison again.

No one who is drinking the poison can condemn you for rejecting it. Especially those who drink what they believe is the least worse option, deluded into thinking that they must drink one or the other. You can walk on if you want. That is your choice, a choice not to drink, to just pass by.
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6 Responses to “Two poisoned chalices?”


  • Perception is reality, how are we to be perceived as politically mature people in the eyes of the international community? Of recent the people of Greece had the opportunity to vote and they have more to be disgruntled about than us yet there was no call for the electorate to submit spoiled ballots.

    I am aware of what despair and frustration can cause at times to express the negative, however we must express our political awareness and consciousness at all times, remembering there are avenues whereby we can get the government at the time to hear us.

  • White trinis also had their fill over the years off the sweat and labor of blacks -PRODUCTION, TOLERANCE BEAUCOUP, BEAUCOUP.etc. Meanwhile we,the mixed peoples, were just as educated but never had the skin color to match theirs and theirs were our bosses with false papers etc. Then came the bourge black idiots who played the same games and with that the maximum leaders e.g. Eric Williams, A.N. Robinson, and Patrick Manning. Then the Indian maximum forces came as in Basdeo Panday and now Kamla Bessessor and played the very same games. And Then Kamla put some icing on her cake by giving two louses our once called Trinity Award. I sat next to Errol who bought a black laurel with my union money against our wishes. Errol who the GREAT GEORGE WEEKS trained and failed us. When I was medically boarded (NO DOUBT A TARGET FOR DEATH BECAUSE I KNEW OF OF 70 MILLION US STOLEN BY, ISH – NORTHERN CONSTRUCTION AND PANDAY, FROM THE TRINGEN 11 PROJECT TO FORM THE UNC AFTER CLUB 88 in 1989) We never had anything of value coming from them. And then came SECTION 34. You connect the dots. They beg me to come back in the 70s from Canada to be a patriot and develop my engineering in Point Lisas and when the racism and injustice from the blacks and whites was doled out to me I got really fed up. Someone should ask Errol about how he compromised the INJURY CLAUSE IN THE YARA STAFF CONTRACTS and then ASK IVOR ARCHIE why his justice system allowed the Norwegians to get away with perjury in my CIVIL matter of 2008-10. So Mr O’Connor you could talk all your crap as Trinidad was never a place where each would find an equal place. People ask me about Rowley who I came to know through one of his campaign managers in the 90s. He was young then and ambitious but to me he was grass roots…perhaps a little too aggressive but someone I am NOW willing to vote for. This is for my country even when I was forced out. I will always love my country and I am willing to die for it unlike many who are only there for self. I was never a PNM but Kamla had her chance which she wasted. She failed miserably. And she has no honour. To put very simply …anybody who fires over 20 Ministers in under 4 years of power to do whatever she wants has a huge problem. Her apology re Resmi was not good enough for me. I am no fool fool and unlike most Trinis I fear no one but GOD. I want someone to get those blasted Norwegians who took my youth away from me out of Trinidad. They are nothing but KLU KLUX KLAN operating in my country.

  • …The People suffering… while Shat Maraj blocking black children from attending Tunapuna Primary Hindu School, …and while the Hospital Buildings have no Medical Staff and People have to wait for years to get a medical appointment,……. and while Crime is rampant… the PP blocking black students from attending UWI Mt Hope Medical School and denying them GATE assistance to study Medicine at UWI Mona, and St Georges University. The PP blocking black students from studying Law at UWI Hugh Wooding and denying them GATE assistance to study Law at UWI Cave Hill.

    ..The PP is so much of an epidemic of nastiness contaminating what is left of decent society…that I can’t wait to ram the stamp with the X into the ballot sheet, right next to the PNM Balisier symbol …and to shove my arm into the ink right up to my elbow…. IS TIME TO FIRE KAMLIAR !.

  • We sometimes in life have to settle for the lesser of two evils.
    There is no where in the world do I know where the system is perfect, not do I know where a system exists where you are offer milk and honey for tea, breakfast and dinner. In Trinidad and Tobago our system of governance is far from perfect. As a matter of fact, my opponents will readily that I am a PNM. Far from it, I am apolitical but reality demands that I stand for something. We have to make a decision based on what is presented to us. What we have is the PNM and the UNC. Given it’s excesses and dictatorial tendencies, there is no way I can support or be in tune with the UNC. Therefore the only alternative that we have is the PNM. Their policies are principled and they have shown time and again that they are capable 0f managing the economy of this country very well. Not to express a choice is the same as voting for the UNC, therefore I must as a matter of urgency vote for the best that is offered to us – the PNM.

  • THE PNM MUST KNOW BY NOW THAT THIS IS THIER VERY LAST CHANCE TO REALLY HELP BLACK OR NON WHITE PEOPLE TRINIS MAKE IT. THE WHITE FRENCH CREOLE WANTED ALL FOR THEMSELVES. AND THE OTHER WHITE WANNA BEES TAUGHT THEY WERE SUPERIOR TO US. AFTER THE 2010 GENERAL ELECTIONS THE UNC CLAN TOLD THIS COUNTRY – WE TIME NOW. IN 1996 UNC TOLD ITS PEOPLE WHAT THEY STOLE IN 30 YEARS THEY WILL STEAL IN LESS THAN 5 AND THEY DID JUST THAT. IT WAS ALL ABOUT EATING A FOOD FINANCIED BY OUR TAX MONIES. NOW I HOPE THAT DR. ROWLEY UNDERSTANDS THAT IF HE WINS HE CAN (YES HE CAN) TAKE OUR GREAT COUNTRY FORWARD FOR 60% OF THE NATION WILL BE ROUTING FOR HIM. I KNOW THEY-KAMLIARS HAVE PLANS TO STEAL THIS ELECTION BUT GOD WILL HAVE THE LAST SAY AND WILL SAVE US AS ALWAYS. TOMORROW I TRUST GOD WILL FREE OUR PEOPLE FROM YET ANOTHER FORM OF SLAVERY IN T&T. AND I CAN PUT TO REST THE MORE THINGS CHANGE: THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME. DR. ROWLEY WORK WITH ALL AH WE TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAVE AND GREAT TO COME BACK TO.

  • The PNM is the poison chalice Peter is talking about. Their handlers make sure they give their supporters a little piece of the pie or no pie in Laventille case.

    Here is their record:
    This is what the PNM left the PP to deal with:
    Here are some examples:
    CLICO $25 BILLION
    Ministry of Housing $8 BILLION
    WASA $4 BILLION
    Outstanding VAT $2 BILLION
    Owed Contractors $2 BILLION
    Loan for Waterfront $2.7 BILLION
    Outstanding Fuel Subsidy $6 BILLION
    Loan for Tarouba Stadium $500 MILLION
    Loan for RACKET RAIL $500 MILLION
    Outstanding Wage Negotiations $9 BILLION

    Udecott debt 7.7 BILLION
    Almost $60 BILLION in outstanding debts and that’s just a fraction, so when PNM and the so-called economists asking where the money going, they must speak the TRUTH.

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