Public relations officer of the United National Congress (UNC) Rodney Charles said yesterday that Diego Martin North East MP Colm Imbert’s “hooligan behaviour” in the House of Representatives on Friday as he argued with House Speaker Wade Mark while the Speaker was on his feet is “another example of how the PNM and Keith Rowley expect to run things if, Heaven help us, they ever get into government.
In a statement yesterday, Charles said: “In a calculated attempt to divert attention from (Opposition Leader Dr Keith) Rowley’s greed in standing firm on his support for increased salaries and pensions even after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had second thoughts and put the brakes on it, Imbert tried to distract by going after (Sport Minister) Anil Roberts and the LifeSport programme making all manner of wild allegations that could only be stated under the protection of privilege enjoyed by legislators.”
The fact is that the prime minister demonstrated leadership where Rowley failed miserably, he said.
“While Kamla Persad-Bissessar listened to public opinion and sent the ‘offending’ pension bills to a Senate committee, Rowley and his MPs stood firm on it, finding every reason why they should get increased pay and pensions. That’s greed without principle.
“While Mrs Persad-Bissessar was paying attention to what the people were saying and responding by amending her political agenda, Rowley and his caucus were not only supporting the hefty pay raise out of greed, but insulting everyone who objected, calling them rats,” Charles stated.
“So Imbert, realising that Rowley and the PNM were losing political ground, came up with an irrelevant motion to censure Anil Roberts when Rowley and Imbert knew that their plan was irrelevant since the Prime Minister had already ordered an audit into the LifeSport programme,” he said.
Charles said: “Friday’s disruptive behaviour in the Lower House by Imbert is characteristic of Rowley’s PNM that has lost its way, with anger and acrimony taking the place of reasoned debate. Kamla is the direct opposite and she and her coalition are stronger for her fairness, adherence to due process and decisive leadership on issues.”