Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 28th 2014 Contents Both Basdeo and Rampersad
agree that despite all the
quagmire created by the firing of
former government ministers
Chandresh Sharma and Glenn
Ramadharsingh, the resignation
of Anil Roberts and the unresolved
mess of the Lifesport Programme,
nothing negative stuck to the Peo-
ple s Partnership.
These, along with the bitter con-
frontations over the Constitution
(Amendment) Bill that was subse-
quently passed, were among several
major issues that rocked the coun-
try during the past year.
"According to the published polls,
the People s Partnership has not
taken any major hits in spite of
those major issues," Basdeo said.
Rampersad felt the same.
She said that the government s
termination of ministers did not
seem related to any impending
"That has been the trend and
pattern since 2010 if you recall,"
"I do not think that the upcom-
ing elections or the belief that elec-
tions is expected to be announced
within the next eight months influ-
enced those decisions because other
ministers were fired from office
from very early on," Rampersad
Basdeo also believed that the PP s
actions were not influenced by the
"Since 2010 there was an eye on
2015 and that elections, so I don t
think that that was anything geared
specifically as an election strategy,"
Basdeo, though, felt that it was
2013 more than 2014 which set the
stage for the upcoming general
"Yes, 2014 is the forerunner for
the upcoming elections. I think
both parties are putting their house
in order," he said.
The analysts also believe that the
major slips made by the Govern-
ment were really of their own doing
and not mis-steps found and high-
lighted by the Opposition.
"I call them forced errors," Bas-
He was referring specifically to
the mis-steps by Sharma, Ramad-
harsingh and Roberts.
"They made the mistakes them-
selves and brought the conse-
quences upon themselves," he said.
"Yes, the PNM would have cap-
italised on the errors but much of
it was their own errors," she said.
"None of the so-called scandals
of 2014 seemed to negatively
impact on the People s Partnership
as they remain neck and neck with
the PNM in the tracking polls,"
"The tracking polls, you have to
remember though, is a snapshot in
time. There are so many things that
could happen which could have an
impact and change the outcome
right before elections," she said.
PNM for the win?
This upcoming general election
will also be the first time PNM
leader Dr Keith Rowley will make
a run for the prime ministerial post.
While political analysts believe
that Rowley has "cemented" him-
self as party leader, they question
whether his actions have hurt his
"I think the polls have pointed
at the fact that Rowley has not
made that great a headway," Ram-
"I think the PNM actions were
being seen as a little overdone and
you can see from the polls that it
has impacted very little," she said.
"His (Rowley) strategy should be
to temper the attacks," she said.
Rampersad noted that Rowley s
"hullabulloo" over the emailgate
scenario may have hurt him and
the PNM more than it hurt the
Rampersad did not say whether
this was because the matter
remained unresolved and investi-
gations were suspended until Feb-
ruary 20, 2015, when international
search engine Google Inc is set to
respond to queries by the Integrity
"I believe it has backfired. It
came across as much ado about
nothing and was actually a big blow
to the PNM and its credibility, as
it seems that the leader made a lot
of noise over nothing," she said.
Rampersad also warned that both
parties needed to beef up their
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