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Rowley missed chance to 'rise'

HILTON Sandy's sad, stupid and shocking "Calcutta ship" statement should not mask the many errors the People's Partnership made in the THA election campaign. If they know what's good for them they would face up to their shortcomings fast.

On the other hand Keith Rowley missed a golden opportunity to elevate himself and the PNM above tribal politics.

Dr Rowley should have insisted on Sandy's removal as a candidate and followed that up by publicly facing up to our history of ethnic politics. He should have done a Trinidad and Tobago equivalent of Barack Obama's 2008 speech on race in America. He should have stood up and given us an account of the traditions and habits, much of them based on fear and ignorance, that drive voting patterns on all sides of T&T's ethnic divide.

In doing so he would have risen above Sandy, Manning, Sat Maharaj and the rest of them and maybe, just maybe, the PNM would have risen along with him.

Errol Anthony

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