...'Partnership quite clearly afraid'
Political scientist Dr Winford James has described the Government's paid programme Democracy Is Alive as an "extreme" response to the current political climate.
In an interview with TV6 yesterday, James said the People's Partnership was "quite clearly afraid".
"They are frightened and this is their reaction. Where is the evidence? Well part of the evidence is that they have bought out all the TV stations, that's one," he said.
James' statements found support with People's National Movement (PNM) public relations officer Faris Al-Rawi who accused the People's Partnership of attempting to "buy its way through every event and everything" with their paid, live simulcast programme on Wednesday night.
"It is also clear that their handlers have told them that media dominance is the key and they are attempting to buy that dominance with the purchase of prime time on all stations," he said in a telephone interview yesterday.
"The population needs to be concerned about who has that much money to give to the (United National Congress) UNC to spend on propaganda, especially in an economy as flat as this one. Nobody is investing in propaganda without a significant return" he said.
"They are beyond the point of no return and are having (through these programmes) a conversation with themselves. The manner in which they are behaving one would believe it is the silly season," he said.