Jack Warner the ultimate political game changer
I have not the slightest wish to rain on anybody’s political parade, but we need to consider the “pot holes” in the mad scramble for supremacy in the local politics of October 21, 2013. The game changer is without dispute the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and its astute leader, Mr Austin Jack Warner.
Like the vendor who sells umbrellas, the best sales are made in rainy season and he/she is king of the side walk. So, too, we have to consider that, rain or shine, Warner does not need an umbrella. Neither does Mr Warner need to “eat ah food”.
He is an integral component of the “eat ah food” political concept. If the scales appear not to be turning in his favour, Warner, as he has recently indicated, can withdraw every single one of his erstwhile aldermen and councillors and just “walk away’.
He has nothing to lose but a “political idea” that was not as marketable as anticipated. He is a businessman and a gambler who accepts that you have to pay “big money” in order to have huge returns. The “disappointment” factor is for those who have decided that it is worthwhile to join the ILP.
Warner has, without a tear in his eye, walked away from the UNC-led coalition and “cleansed himself” of its alleged wrong doings. The UNC, and in particular, its leader, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, will forever suffer a loss of face for standing, ill advisedly, in Warner’s corner. Trini politics is a game. The “big snake” on the political snakes and ladders board game, swallowed them whole. As said in local parlance “they look fuh dat”.
The beneficiaries of all these political high jinks, without doubt, remain we burgesses. We now understand the “why” and the “how” of Gopaul luck being different from Seepaul luck.
We will examine every offer being made. We will vote for whom we “feel” to vote for and get drunk if the choice is a mistake.
The persons who now serve as envoys of their countries will also more keenly appreciate that when its time to take up a posting elsewhere that they will miss Trinidad and Tobago. We do the best parties, the most riveting politics and are always dressed in our best, drinking the most expensive brews.
Trinidad and Tobago is our land and of this we are proud and glad, and we truthfully do not understand why some people must call us “bad”. Its nice over here. A bit on the hot side but its a veritable paradise.
May I take this opportunity to extend sincere good wishes to all contenders on October 21, 2013.