Wanted — party to walk the talk
THE year 2014 will be the year before the magical year of 2015. That will be the only purpose of being 2014. All will be revealed with the naming of aspirants wishing to secure the position of Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. It will not be a female. Mrs Persad-Bissessar, still loved by many, appears not to have the physical or intellectual strength to face another five years in office. Perhaps, intellectual strength should really be read as ‘losing the will to fight’ another political battle.
No other female will enjoy the popularity that brought Mrs Persad-Bissessar into office in 2010. The PNM could only be beaten by a combination of several political entities. Mrs Persad-Bissessar was in the right place at the right time. This was a one-off event that can never be replicated. The stars will never line up in that magical formation in the foreseeable years.
It was once believed that the newest of the political parties, the ILP, was a serious contender. It remains a ‘was’ because there is no future for a political party with one strong individual ruling the party. Its leader, formidable as he is, lacks the ability to sway a large enough slice of the populace to win a clear victory.
Further to saying that our next Prime Minister will not be of the female gender, it is too soon to name names that are not already riding the communications waves. The year 2014 will be the year that the various contenders will have to come out and sell themselves to the voting public. We need to go beyond the flags, the moko jumbies and the highly paid stage entertainers. We want to see a realistic manifesto with achievable gains.
What we will want to anticipate for 2014 is concrete ideas to slow if not completely solve the runaway crime problem. Who is going to show us a feasible plan to stimulate the economy? Whether we discover trillions of barrels of more oil is debatable. All the oil is still under water. We still need to develop and diversify our economy.
The nation is now looking for the political party that will convince us that they can walk the talk. To date the fight would appear to be between the old PNM and the old UNC. The diluting of these two parties will ensure defeat at the polls. 2014 is not the year to develop political factions — 2014 is show time.