Monday, February 19, 2018

Different mix

For once our Prime Minister is wrong, when she said at a meeting in Gasparillo that “since more than 51 per cent of votes is required to earn a majority, an MP would require more than the ethnic vote to win a seat”, since, as she further stated, “this country’s population comprises of 35.4 per cent East Indians, 34.2 per cent Africans” and the rest comprising other ethnic groups.

What the Prime Minister failed to recognise, perhaps an oversight, is the ethnic mix in each constituency is far different from what she gave as the general population composition. As we are all aware, this ratio will differ as we go north and south of the Caroni River. As David Rudder once sang, “How we vote is not how we party”, unfortunately.

Gregory Cockburn

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