Duck and run from Kamla
Once again Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has demonstrated her weakness as a leader by disappointing the vast majority of citizens, including her own supporters who were looking forward to the now-cancelled leaders debate.
The Prime Minister could try and spin this how she wants, to any right-thinking person, including those who support her and this Partnership Government, it was a clear case of duck and run if ever there was one.
If it is that the PM thought that Mr Ramadhar and the COP were treated unfairly when they were blanked by the Debates Commission (and rightly so) why did she not allow him to represent the Partnership in the first debate?
True leaders must also know when to decline. Not everything that is offered to you must be accepted, and I hope that this is not the pattern for members of the government.
The Debates Commission explained the reason for not allowing Mr Ramadhar to enter the debate as the leader of COP. My thinking is that he would have not been denied entering as a member of the Partnership in the first debate. For this reasons Mr Ramadhar should have refused the offer of the Prime Minister and instead encouraged her to participate in the debate, rather than to seek his own interest to enter the debate through the back door.
The citizens should have come first for what would have been a history-making event.
Mr Ramadhar continues to demonstrate that he is a perfect example of what leaders must not be.