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Moore: Righteous victory for PNM

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

JUSTICE Minister Christlyn Moore has described the Tobago House of Assembly's (THA) election results as a "righteous victory" by the People's National Movement (PNM).

Moore is a member of the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) the political party that lost their four seats in the THA following the election results two Mondays ago.

The PNM recorded a clean sweep of the THA election, winning all 12 electoral districts.

Moore described it as a "trouncing".

"It would be remiss of me of course, not to begin this contribution by saying congratulations to the newly appointed bench of the Tobago House of Assembly," Moore said during her contribution to the Finance Bill 2013 in the Senate Wednesday night.

"It was a victory that came at the end of a long hard war. It was a victory that was earned fairly, it was a righteous victory and they deserve the congratulations," she said.

Moore however admonished the PNM not to "look down their noses" at the 11,000 Tobagonians who did not vote for them.

"It might be a good time to sound a warning Mr President. Bill Clinton, a former president of the United States, said recently in an address on the 9th of January to a crowd of his party supporters that they must not patronise the passionate supporters of their opponents by looking down their noses at them," Moore said.

"This is an admonition that bears repetition and it is relevant today in the THA context. This is not the time to patronise the passionate supporters of your opponents, some 11,000-plus of them, by looking down your noses at them," she said.

"The trouncing that it was resulted in an Assembly that has no opposition, this is a time for caution. This would be the wrong time to look down your nose at your opponents because you see Mr President these 11,000 people, who through no fault of their own, are left without a voice in the Tobago House of Assembly and have concerns that continue to resonate," Moore said.

Moore called for the THA and the central government to work in unison for the benefit of all citizens.

"The Government is eager and anxious and willing to ensure that the relationship between the islands is not divided even though the results of the election suggests that such a division exists," Moore said.

"There can be no division between the islands because the voice of 11,000 plus people must be heard and the relationship between the islands must be preserved," she said.

In the Lower House earlier this week Opposition Member of Parliament for Point Fortin Paula Gopee-Scoon accused the People's Partnership of embarking on a campaign for Trinidadians to boycott Tobago.

The move toward a paper-less Parliament took a significant step on Wednesday as all the Senators received their Apple iPads.

Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate Pennelope Beckles-Robinson thanked Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith for the provision of the tablet computer on behalf of all the senators.

The Finance Bill 2013 was eventually passed around 12:45 a.m. yesterday.

Senate has been adjourned to February 19 around 1.30 p.m. at Tower D, Waterfront Centre in Port of Spain.

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