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"Boysie, we party (UNC) looking
like we in danger in this elec-
tion, corruption after corruption
and nepotism allegations weighing down
we government so I have a diabolical
plot to turn things around.
"First thing, ah go make this into a
presidential election because we Queen
"smelling like ah rose," forget bout all
the bacchanal and the tiefing and ting.
And we putting the Queen up against
a "commoner" who ah lot of people
don t like; we have stories on him that
go make him look like de devil self and
the brown-skin middle class, who don t
belong to we party, go vote for we."
"Here s the plot; and it ent no All
"They say the Commoner like woman
bad, bad. We go send ah 17-year old
Indian gyul to wine on him in the band;
that will be the set-up. Yuh know how
that go offend some people. It will
make him into a man who like 17-year
olds. Keep in mind that age, "17," as the
"Next step, bring ah no-confidence
motion against the Commoner in the
"Why the Parliament Glasses-man,
that s a hallowed place as they say yuh
cyah get on bad in they?"
"No Boysie, they have what they call
"privilege" in they that means you say
anything against anyone "no police ent
see." So we could mauvais langue him
free-sheet, and in any case we could
always "apologise" from one side ah we
"Inside there is "Tobago Love" in
action, because we have a woman name
Charlotte who go play she self on the
Commoner and nobody could say that
is ah UNC versus Tobago thing.
"Charlotte go buss mark after mark in
the House; and hear the kinda rake she
go drop on them. "Once upon ah time
ah meet ah old man in ah village in
Tobago who tell me that a young girl
went to ah coalspit to carry food for she
fadder, the fadder wasn t there so she
fadder friend eat de food and rape she."
"But Glasses-boy, how Charlotte
could go into this big Parliament where
yuh suppose to bring facts not nancy
story and say "ah old man give meh ...
"Boysie, it go be "gloves-off on de
Commoner," mark my word that is the
permission we will get."
"Boysie boy, the long and short of
Charlotte s story is that de father of the
Commoner was a rapist and that he
followed his father and he himself
became a rapist, with a specialty of
wining on 17-year olds."
"But Glasses-man, how Charlotte go
justify that theory: because de father
was ah rapist, de son is ah rapist?"
"Well Boysie, ah don t know if you
know, but Charlotte is ah bush psychol-
ogist who uses to teach psychology."
"She have papers?"
"No, but she go expound on she the-
ory and say when ah man rape ah
woman and she carry de child, that
child bound to be a rapist and he go be
always angry. She go be quoting from
Freud and Jung and other big pappy
"Don t worry, ah tell yuh ahready
Parliament is ah bacchanal place; look
ah big man in de law, ah senior counsel,
say so in black and white in de papers.
"When them people who ent in my
party or the other big party hear the
bacchanal, they go reject ah raper man
as their prime minister and my Queen
will get back she wuk to relax and say
"I was not advised."
"But Glasses, the Queen is ah proper
lady she ent go like that and people go
say she ent get up and stop Charlotte
from saying them thing."
"Bredder man we plan everything; the
Queen will absent herself from the
chamber when Charlotte talking so she
could say she did not know what was
going down and then she go say she
accept the apology from Charlotte.
"Meantime, when people licking up
the Commoner, the Queen could call
the election fast, fast and in two-twos
meh party inside for another five years
and so all ah we investors jumping up;
is 300 billion and more involved yuh
know and ah saving men from jail too."
"Well Glasses, ah see yuh plot fail
bad, bad; the Commoner and he party
walk out even before Charlotte buss de
mark. And the medias an dem focus
dey story on the walk out and how
Charlotte scandalise the living and the
dead, and now they have a tape from
the mother and the son and she say she
ent get rape, she did like the Commoner
"Boysie ah did not think dem fellas
had the "intellectual capacity," head nah,
to pull a stunt like that. But ah have to
blame we colleagues who was supposed
to get de woman swearing that she was
raped by the Commoner, them two
things went against meh plot; but I ent
"But Glasses, dey go throw Charlotte
under de bus?"
"Nah they cyah do dat, that big
Tobago woman go pull them under the
bus with she."
For two reasons, T&T never witnessed a general
election where all outgoing MPs were returned
to Parliament---either some didn't re-enter the race
or some went at it but got blanked by voters. In
2015, the trend will continue. Some incumbent MPs
will lose (out).
On the PNM side, candidate selection is all but
complete. Quite a few incumbents got dumped. The
People's Partnership (PP) is yet to agree on how
constituencies will be shared. Nonetheless, a fresh
face will be sworn in as MP in D'Abadie/O'Meara.
The PP outfit accomplished much under Kamla
Persad-Bissessar's oversight. It doesn't automati-
cally mean PP will have an easy time arriving at the
winning candidate mix. Unfortunately, several of its
MPs have fallen into the twin-pronged pitfall which
took out many in times gone by---as soon as they
got in, they forgot who brought them to the dance,
or became too big for their shoes.
In short, they didn't stay in campaign mode after
the election was over. They forgot a fundamental
rule---to regain elected office, incumbents must op-
erate as if everything they do impact the outcome
of tomorrow's election. For, indeed, it does.
MPs who grasp that concept never switch off
their campaign mode. They move heaven and earth
to ensure all who went out to bring it home for
them are happy from day one. They understand
that these people had legitimate hopes which moti-
vated them to drop everything and go out to cam-
paign for their candidate or party of choice.
What are these hopes? It boils down to respect.
At the very least, when people join a campaign
team, they expect to be able to influence what goes
on in their community if their choice gets in. Along
the same lines, they anticipate meaningful and
timely responses from their MPs when community
concerns are raised.
None of these aspirations materialise when MPs
wilfully distance themselves from their campaign
team on attaining office. The MP could be a worka-
holic, voters just wouldn't care.
The few PP MPs who kept in close touch with
their 2010 supporters throughout the last five years
and made them feel appreciated will most likely get
the nod in 2015, if they wish to throw their hat in
the ring again.
This is one election where incumbents who
treated friendly constituents with disdain won't be
able to hang on to anyone's dress tails. The day of
the crapaud MP is numbered.
However, 24 hours is a long time in politics.
Richard Wm Thomas
Five Rivers, Arouca
'THE PLOT FAIL BAD, BAD'
MPs must remain
in campaign mode
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