Saturday, February 17, 2018

Off with a red card

 We have all progressed to the crucial political semi-finals. Victory in the general election of 2015 depends on the strategy employed by the various coaches. The United National Congress (UNC) (we need to stop thinking of it as a viable coalition, as it is now all about self) and the People’s National Movement (PNM) are both into struggling for the ball after the expected draw.

So, let us examine the UNC strategy. The rumours of unrest in the country can be best described as despicable. This is a poorly thought-out strategy that can lead to own goals. Like the deliberate anti-Government placards that were on display in front of Parliament on Friday, May 23, the placard fiasco allegedly was a heinous attempt to trip up the PNM before it gets hold of the political ball.

The PNM has been running with the ball since the various political victories in 2013. In the mad scramble to get the ball back into UNC hands, all manner of allegedly underhand moves can be seen.

The Partnership (UNC), desperate for a couple goals, has brought on its finest players who reside over in foreign. A man from the United Nations and a favourite from the High Commission in London. No names need to be called, as these illustrious political players are preceded by their good name.

The Partnership is now resorting to promises that cannot be kept (25,000 houses will be built by 2015) and continues upgrading its heartland, Chaguanas, even as work on the reclamation of east Port of Spain is a figment of the imagination of the Ministry of Planning.

But what of the Opposition PNM? Scenting victory in 2015, the PNM need to get a hold of the people who are goaded into burning tyres and projecting an image the Afro-Trinbagonian is unruly. They need to understand you have to politically eat rice, flour and water and, in local parlance, “hold strain”. The electorate are already aware, since 2013, the political bite in the shoulder they have been given will be punished by sending the UNC-led Partnership off with a red card. The genuine poor have been left “under-governed and hungry”.

Importantly, two Partnership Government players who seemed able to deliver have fallen on their own swords. The Minister of Sport and the Minister of Labour may have to be taken off the side that is presented in 2015. The first for allegedly flouting the rules of the game, and the other for being painfully slow with his moves. He has become most unpopular among the labour/union fraternity and, realistically, will not be worth the enormity of his political transfer fees. 

Surely, the truth shall set us free.

Lynette Joseph

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