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Time for the real vision forward

A NEW administration was installed shortly after the May 2010 general election—swept into office partly on the strength of its leader’s charisma, partly on the strength of its election manifesto, partly on the strength of widespread disgust toward the People’s National Movement (PNM). More than midway into its first term, it’s yet to put across what Trinidad and Tobago is expected to be like when 2015 or 2020 arrives.

Into the void the PNM has rushed, sensing and stirring an undertow of uneasiness which, unless the PNM is checked, may well sufficiently to submerge the vast political capital the Partnership had when it was given the reins. Why?

No individual, family, community or country has ever moved forward without a guiding vision— where the individual, family, community or country has no solid concept of its destination, stagnation, aimlessness or regression becomes the order of the day.

Since everyone seems convinced we are meandering, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a vision—it simply means no one has outlined, in a nutshell, a picture which everyone can understand and grasp with virtual ease.

The arts of politics and government are not passive things— they’re thoroughly proactive. The picture-painting exercise can’t be left hanging! Start painting now! How?

Politics is about power. Government is about directing politics so that power may be applied to the benefit of the governed. According to the type of governance, power is suitably directed.

Trinidad and Tobago being a democracy, government power is not to be used to satisfy minority concerns at the expense of the majority’s. It is the majority who put the People’s Partnership into government.

That majority must primarily benefit from governmental action or else the Partnership will be deemed a failure by many who voted for it in 2010. It’s the nature of a democracy for things to operate that way. Right?

Ayodele Chieng

Petit Bourg

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