A Penny for your thoughts

 Of late, there has been a slew of information being circulated about one of the most popular ex-ministers of the PNM (People’s National Movement), Pennelope Beckles-Robinson.

After some scrutiny, one could only suppose that anti-PNM persons would have us believe that Penny stands a chance of unseating Dr Keith Rowley when next the position of leader of the Opposition comes in 2014. 

As clever and as popular as she might be, just like in Chaguanas West, the burgesses of Arima need to face the fact that no one borough can speak for the rest of Trinidad and Tobago. We have gone past the “mama-one-child politics”. Political beauty, like any other kind of beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder.

The same reality must be faced by San Fernando East. We all love Patrick Manning to bits, but we need to be able to agree on how safe a so-called “safe seat” might be. We have to move with the times and agree not to jeopardise the future good fortunes of the PNM in 2015.

The UNC (United National Congress)-led coalition is facing the same dilemma. Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar is no longer as “politically beautiful” as in May 2010. They can no longer depend on the Prime Minister’s political beauty to achieve another overwhelming victory. As a female, it was interesting to see how far Persad-Bissessar had shattered the glass ceiling in Trinbago politics. The diminishing of the coalition in the eyes of the public will be put on her shoulders for believing in her own rhetoric.

The Prime Minister’s image on drinking cups and carrier bags can be considered a wasted public relations decision that compounds the fractures that have been exposed in the rest of the UNC tableware. It informs us that there is a slide in the appreciation of day-to-day reality. What next? Her visage on the famous yellow jerseys? Can her vision be compared to Nelson Mandela’s?

Everyone cannot win. It is good to have participated. Politicians on both sides of the political divide must ac­­cept a very old saying, “Confucius says, ‘What is to is, must is,’” and bow to the decisions of the man in the street. There will always be more of us than more of them.

The above quotation may be mine and has nothing to do with Confucius. It is another example of self praise that is destroying the political senses in Trinidad and Tobago.

Lynette Joseph

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