Mr Howai, don't become just another politician
The dismissal of Fyard Hosein and his junior, David Quamina, in the Clico Commission of Enquiry has displaced the Section 34 debacle from the front pages; in the absence of any explanation I believe this seemingly irrational action by Minister of Finance Larry Howai was a deliberate action to distract the public from the Section 34 issue — but it won't be for long.
My first exposure to the politics of distraction was under Eric Williams when on the same day that some damaging information was to make headlines, he announced a plan to change all the names of Woodbrook streets. The newspapers carried all the reasons for dropping the names Kitchener, Buller, Baden-Powell, etc, with their "colonial" connotation — which enraged residents.
But Mr Howai's action raises the question in the public mind about whether he joined the Partnership to be a politician or a technocrat; I cannot contemplate the sober banker on his own initiative, changing the ministry's attorneys at the last minute — to embrace Jairam and the COP's Toney — an absurdity demonstrated by their refusal of the briefs.
I had hoped for a measure of independence from Mr Howai — collective responsibility notwithstanding — but without offering any justification the public will believe that he acted on instructions in changing the Clico attorneys.
Unless he begins to demonstrate some independent thought and actions his value to the Partnership will diminish. Kamla already has a huge cabinet — many there to "eat ah food".
Larry doh need dat!
Michael J Williams