A mockery of democratic principles
In my view, the credibility of the T&T Debates Commission has been seriously compromised by its decision to exclude the Congress of the People (COP) from the debates for the local government elections.
After holding initial exchanges with the COP there must have been a reasonable expectation by the COP to be part of the debate.
This decision makes a mockery of democratic principles, particularly when the MSJ is part of the debate, but the COP is excluded.
Rules and regulations are there to serve the interest of democratic principles and justice, and such rules ring hollow and become restrictive when there can be no flexibility and willingness to adapt to circumstances. The commission stated that rules can be reconsidered at a future time. This demonstrates the hard-headedness of the commission’s leadership. Why can these rules not be modified now to suit prevailing circumstances?
Many of us recognise the distinct and progressive character of the COP, and that party’s exclusion will deny the voting public the full range of views on which to make valid decisions. Many people will suspect ulterior motives by hegemonic forces in stifling the COP’s viewpoint, but I’m not as yet ready to consider whether this action is not a well designed tactic to diminish the COP as a viable option.