Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Warner: I regret what happened in May 2010

 INDEPENDENT Liberal Party leader, Jack Warner apologised on Thursday night for, “the wrongs imposed on this country in May 2010.”  He added,  “I will have to correct the wrongs if it is the last thing I do before I go to my grave.”

Warner along with Movement for Social Justice leader, David Abdulah and former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence-Maharaj spoke to reporters following a, “tell all,” meeting hosted by, Barrington “Skippy” Thomas who was the former adviser to sacked minister of the people Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh. Earlier the meeting had been disrupted by a group with placards. 

They were seemingly in support of the Government as they objected to Skippy’s statements about the Government and the Prime Minister.

Warner said, “I am just sorry because Basdeo Panday warned me about her you know,” as he referred to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

In a news release yesterday Warner commented on Thomas’ meeting stating, “although the incident was more than what I expected and was very alarming, I held my ground and I listened to Mr Barrington “Skippy” Thomas address. 

“Having heard him it is quite clear that the mob was sent to the proceedings to disrupt the proceedings for fear of what Mr Thomas would disclose to the public. Also, it is my opinion that they were only able to do what they did because of the absence of law enforcement officers. 

“Had there been officers present they could not conduct themselves in the manner they especially did. It is also informative to note that, at the end of the meeting, I saw the members of the mob assembled in a corner and being paid by a coordinator of the Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) whose name I have.”

The Express attempted to contact Minister of Works and Infrastructure Dr Suruj Rambachan whose portfolio includes URP but the calls went unanswered.

Maharaj too blamed the Government for the presence of the mob.

David Abdulah said, “When people can’t win a debate by their ideas then they have to resort to a kind of mob behaviour and quite clearly this Government has lost legitimacy and cannot present its ideas. Imagine two days ago the Prime Minister launched a national conversation namely listenership to lead and tonight they are not prepared to listen so they can’t lead and it’s a very sad thing when ordinary people get manipulated and used in this way for the interest of the cabal and a few others. It is a sign that this Government has collapsed.”