Bracing for a big three-party battle
Politics in sweet T&T continues to entertain the citizenry and not necessarily in a positive light.
The fourth Cabinet reshuffle in three years has just concluded and I have to agree with both the Opposition Leader and the interim leader of the ILP, but let me use the current youthful parlance to describe this reshuffle— “a hot mess”!
Why would you bring in inexperienced personnel to lead ministries when your government’s performance—at least in the eyes of the population and political gurus, and election results (Tobago and Chaguanas West)—is questionable at least and non-existent at worst? Why would a Prime Minister do such a thing?
At least I give her credit for leaving Dr Fuad Khan to continue trying his best with Health and the main players stayed in key ministries.
It is hoped Gary Griffith could finally bring something to national security, just tell him to stop speaking so quickly—we want to understand what you are saying, Sir.
Oh, and I guess Rodger Samuel has finished his praying and fasting, he got a ministry—politically speaking as well.
Local government election is fast approaching, with the new legislation possibly passed by the time this is printed with respect to how alderman and mayors will or should be elected.
The PNM and the ILP have already signalled their intention to contest all 14 corporations.
Here’s the entertaining bit—up comes the COP with its continued attempt to be seen and heard and regarded as an equal partner in the government and demands, yes demands, the right to contest seven of the 14 corporations.
To use the COP’s chairman’s words: “There will be no sharing of seats with the UNC, we demand full corporations.”
Now where has the COP been for the past three-six months? Has it realised it has lost the respect of key supporters by staying and aligning itself to the Partnership?
Has the COP lost all of its political senses? Has it not realised Panday’s description of it is more apt than ever now as many have already shovelled the last political dirt on top of its political grave?
Come on COP, wake up or resurrect, and revive yourself—on your own—if you are to have any say or worth to the population in the next general election.
Exciting times ahead, I say, we have three major political parties, and I do not include the COP in this whole number group. It is about half a political party now, let me start again, we have three-and-half major political parties, bringing the sun, the balisier, greenery and whatever the COP keeps bringing to us.
The year 2015 should be interesting or horrible, either way, we in T&T like it so, I guess.