No, Mr Volney, people won't forget
Please allow me to respond briefly with a No! to the statement by the Hon Herbert Volney, Minister of Justice, that the people of Trinidad and Tobago will soon forget the issues surrounding the proclamation of certain sections of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.
The majority of the voting community voted out the People's National Movement (PNM) in the last national elections because they were promised a new political character of governance by the United National Congress (UNC)-led coalition. This included an end to corruption and violent crime.
As such, even the trade union movement, the defenders and promoters of a better quality of life for the "little" people, joined with the UNC and other minority organisations under the Fyzabad Declaration to form the People's Partnership to remove the PNM.
Since the People's Partnership assumed power I have observed amateurish governance, acceleration of corruption and violent crime, lowering of the "little" people standard of living, no fundamental changes in the agriculture sector, and an upsurge in claims of racism.
It is as though there is a competition by the Government to embrace and better the negative aspects of the PNM which the people rejected.
They continue to make reference that the PNM used to do that as justification for unsavoury actions and decisions.
No! Minister Volney, people are not suffering from amnesia, they are watching, observing and have somewhat come to the conclusion that they have been betrayed, and waiting to act.
The departure of the Movement for Social Justice from the partnership, and the constant rumblings within the Congress of the People (COP) on pertinent issues of governance, are signs that the present political climate is becoming untenable.
The mood on the ground across the divide seems to suggest the birth of the new political dimension, that will not include the UNC in a leadership position of governance.