The Farley factor

By Paolo Kernahan
December 09, 2021 –

Farley AugustineTHE PNM’S rout at the hands of the fledgling People’s Democratic Patriots (PDP) in Monday’s THA elections came as quite a shock to many. The incumbent went from a six-six tie in the January poll to a 14-one annihilation.

On paper, this shouldn’t have happened. The THA was under the thrall of the PNM for more than two decades. The party prosecuted a blitzkrieg advertising campaign affording it near-ubiquity across the media. The Prime Minister is Tobagonian and freely lent his incandescent fear and fervour to the campaign.

And the challenger? The PDP is Watson Duke’s political gambit; a firebrand union man and all-round polarising figure with questions hovering over his head like the sword of Damocles. This party is just about six years old, yet it relegated the grand old PNM to what looks like a coffee stain on the electoral map of Tobago.
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