Our very own sad soap opera
Precious media. Let me just say thank you for bringing me up-to-date information on my new, favourite soap opera—Trinidad Politics, Season 89.
I must say I watch as many live episodes as possible from all TV stations and I read as much follow-up information from the print media.
It is thoroughly entertaining and the media are always punctual in delivering big laughs, huge gasps and the occasional, “O please”. And they keep promising more, “next time,”—so you have to keep watching.
But as the final episode of this season approaches, I am driven to examine the interesting state our politics is in.
Term after term, people elect governments that give and take from us. What we vote for is not a person but an ideal. We vote for some dream about how we want our communities and villages to be, everything we would like to see and have.
Unfortunately, voting and hoping will not make normal men and women into supermen or Xenas.
The sad reality is that when politicians come into power, more often than not, the agenda of the people is hardly ever first.
So what’s left to vote for? Race? Least corrupt? Best at hiding corruption? Best at stage drama on platform? Most catchy campaign song?