Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New political party launched


WANTS A BETTER T&T: Harold Learmond-Criqui, third from left, political leader of Democratic Development Party (DDP), and other members at yesterday’s “soft launch” of the party at Kam Wah Restaurant, Maraval Road, Port of Spain. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

THE word “reset” is a verb that means “set again or differently”, according to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

Harold Learmond-Criqui, the leader of the country’s newest political party, the Democratic Development Party (DDP), wants the citizens of this country to join the DDP in its journey to “reset the intrinsic values and vision of our nation”.

The DDP yesterday had a “soft launch” of the party at the Kam Wah Restaurant, Maraval Road, Port of Spain.

“We are talking about this word reset, this word is a word that was shared with me by a young man when I asked him what do you want, what do you want for your future and he said ‘I want a reset’,” Learmond-Criqui said.

“Now reset may mean different things to different people but my understanding of looking at in the dictionary is that it is a complete start over, it is a cleaned slate and a start anew and I think that we are not too late to do that but if we carry on as we are going with business as usual, which I translate to be failure as usual, same old, same old we are not going to get there at all, we are going to keep going in circles,” he said.

After more than two decades overseas Learmond-Criqui said he was shocked when he returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 and realised nothing much had changed.

“There is a pervasiveness throughout the country of hopelessness, the next step after hopelessness is suicide and I got this from a clinical psychologist and we are committing societal suicide,” he said.

Learmond-Criquie said he turned down an offer to join the People’s National Movement (PNM) but joined the Congress of the People (COP).

He eventually became disillusioned by the COP. In 2012 Learmond-Criqui formed the DDP. He believes the DDP is the “best hope” for this country and he hopes citizens will rally behind its message.

He said the DDP is going after the “silent majority” the 50 per cent “who don’t support anybody but just want better governance”.

Learmond-Criqui said the DDP’s membership is growing everyday and there was a “spurt” following the assassination of Dana Seetahal SC. The party has chosen white as its colour.

Anyone interested is submitting “reset resolutions” can e-mail:resetddp@gmail.com