Tuesday, January 16, 2018

COP needs to fall in line

PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar was correct when she revealed that there are enemies outside and inside her Government. Apparently, the wannabe politicians do not understand the meaning of "coalition government". It does not mean individual responsibility but collective responsibility.

How does one explain the opinions of newly minted chairman of the COP, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, and the ever mercurial leader, Prakash Ramadhar. Their opinions should be discussed behind closed doors. Do not tell me that you are an equal partner in a coalition and you are free to express your opinion. This sort of thinking is symptomatic of a backward country.

A case in point is England. It has a coalition government with leaders, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. As a regular viewer of BBC and CNN, I have never seen or heard deputy prime minister Nick Clegg openly criticise David Cameron, the prime minister, on any issue of governance or foreign affairs.

Here in my beloved republic the COP is constantly trying to contradict the Government with their myopic view that they have an independent voice in the Partnership. This might be true, but let that voice be heard behind closed doors. We the electorate do not need to know your counterargument on issues. This creates an appearance of division in the Partnership. Stop it.

John Jessamy