It is upsetting to see the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco) once again complaining about parity with the Chutney Soca Monarch and the quantum of the prize money. This perennial whining about which group gets what has become the tradition, as each interest group tries to carve out a portion of the Carnival to suit its financial interest, first and foremost.
These Carnival mercenaries who try to plunder the Carnival as they try to make as much money as they can get up on the eve of the celebration and threaten to shut it down, to disfigure the mas and to deprive the nation of the festivity and revelry.
So whether it’s Tuco, the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago or Raymond Ramnarine, it’s all about the money. Imagine singing a calypso and winning $1 million. If Tuco is not satisfied with this, then it is no better than the senior official who says he can’t raise a family on a proposed salary of $50,000 per month. I don’t know why Tuco doesn’t follow George Singh and William Munro and fund the extra $1 million if it cares so much about calypso.
Maybe it’s time to privatise the Carnival: divest it in blocks to the interest groups and let them fund it from gate receipts, endorsements and royalties. This would ensure each group gets the return they work for. Quite frankly, I would not give Mister Shak $1 million for “Bois”, as this is evidence some so-called calypsoes are just vicious and vindictive political attacks.