Disgruntled politicians now more vocal than ever
Please permit me a few lines to highlight an unprecedented course of disgruntled politicians in the history of our politics in Trinidad and Tobago.
Perhaps within our political landscape, we have noticed icons of political fervour come into government and leave sourly disturbed and disgruntled. The public were then comfortable with the habits of the rejected political figures forcing their two cents in every debate or decision made without them and the media giving them their two minutes of fame and say. All was fair in love and war.
However, with this new system of political warfare, disgruntled politicians of present are undoubtedly going beyond their means and reaching to limits that are not only disturbing to those in office, but their conduct is affecting the public adversely.
In terms of political debate, when we visit blogs, engage in Facebook discussions or take part in any social media networking, usually, we would expect discussions at the level of people talking about political trends and issues. At present, this is certainly not the case.
Topics are interjected by these unwanted, disgruntled politicians and we are subjected to their wrath, biased political views and constant personal attacks when we beg to differ on opinion. These politically dead persons preach and practise hate and scorn for those in office and attack other citizens when they talk in favour of their party of choice. They assume every single comment is about them.
Apart from cramping our space, these political rejects form cliques in their defence and are active and ready to hold public meetings to dissuade the public from their very political thoughts and rights.
Never in this country’s history of politics have so many past politicians been so malicious in their recourse or preached sermons of hate. One wonders if the personal attacks on members of Government, of recent, are linked with the disdain of these ex-ministers who are still actively fighting a losing battle against the Government of the day. As a result, the public is made aware through their clear messages, full of venom, spite and distastefulness.
Launching series of attacks must have restraint, limit and must be monitored. I fear if the actions and hate-politics of such ex-ministers and their affiliates are not controlled, it may escalate to the point of personal contact attacks, war and disorder. Perhaps a politically motivated war is in the brewing or maybe these disgruntled ex-politicians are initiating one.
It shows the degree of lowness on the path of those who once held public office. Their grievous acts of spreading lies, slander, manipulating the public with their “hearsay” and “they say” ploy, and gathering in groups to criticise religiously anything or anyone who has seemingly brought them to their dead ends should not be accommodated and, ideally, they should be put in their place by patrons as myself.
This market-like politics we have had the misfortune of witnessing, with the unique example of Mr Jack Warner vs the People’s Partnership Government. From Mr Warner’s disunity with the PP, a realm of political warfare is born. In his rallies, within his meetings and from his party supporters, much venom, hate and twisted ideologies of governance are being propagated. His idea of opposition by far is not as decent as the PNM (People’s National Movement).
He is perhaps forgetting he was once part of this very said Government and praised and worshiped them just a few months ago. This is the problem of ex-ministers. They fail to recognise they were once part of governance, and maintaining honour and respect should be a priority above their ulterior motives.