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Anand's narrow agenda *LINK*

By Clarence Rambharat
Story Updated: Oct 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM ECT

The local government elections are now over. During the campaign the AG revealed details of confidential information to which his office has access. He likely diminished the public's expectation that the State still holds an individual's privacy inviolable. In all of it, the PM, a defender of constitutional privacy in 2010, stood behind her AG, proclaimed him the "best man for the job" and yesterday watched her Partnership lose more ground.

Despite all the low-life campaigns the country has endured, the line between political picong and constitutional privacy remains as wide as the Caroni River. The AG did not stumble over this line in dealing with ILP deputy political leader Anna Deonarine-Rampersad. He strutted over it, armed with information deliberately accessed and packaged for political theatre. He embedded elements of money, greed and murder. And ultimately, he delivered a sobering reminder that, in the hands of the wrong person, power, access and information can be transformed into tools of political survival and personal ambition. Yesterday, voters took note.


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