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Tenders are invited for the Supply and Delivery of Vehicles/Mechanical Equipment to the Trinidad and Tobago Fire
Service, Ministry of National Security as follows:
Item I - Three (3) Water Tankers (4x4)
Item 2 - Three (3) Water Trucks (4x6)
Item 3 - Seven (7) Ambulances
Item I - One (1) Emergency Tender (4x4)
Item 2 - One (1) Water Truck (4x6)
Item 3 - One (1) Aerial Ladder Platform Appliance
Item 4 - One (1) Water Tanker (4x6)
Tender documents can be collected during normal working hours at the Central Tenders Board's Office, 116 Frederick
Street, Port-of-Spain. Telephone No.1-868- 625-3565, Fax No.1-868-625-1809.
Any further technical information can be obtained during normal working hours from Mr. Marlon Smith, Brigade
Engineer (Ag.), Divisional Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Biljah Road, Chaguanas at Telephone
Numbers: 1-868-665-5719 or 1-868- 665-5781
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Tenders Box located in the lobby of the Board's Office not later than
Tenders will be opened publicly at the Board's Office shortly thereafter. The tenderer or an authorized representative
may be present at the opening.
Tenderers should note that the dimensions of the
of the Tenders Box are 37.5 cm x 5.5cm and as such, tenders
should be packaged accordingly.
be considered in any circumstances.
The Board does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The Central Tenders Board reserves the right to cancel the bidding process in its entirety or even partially, without
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April 28, 2015
Who really knows how one s political
views are formed? Is it inherent that some
care about social safety nets, the poor, peo-
ple in other countries---left-wingers---and
some care about themselves, money and
prudence---right-wingers---or is it learned?
Last week we discovered how many Brits
fall into each category and it was depressing.
I was raised one way but, like most of us
who inherit our parents values, I will never
know whether those values were already
innate within me.
I don t worship money or pay attention
to how much I am taxed. I don t get angry
if my taxes sometimes go to the idle as well
as the needy. What in me sees these things
as good and human while a right-winger
sees them as foolish and weak?
It is perhaps more interesting for political
scientists to study people whose views change
over time, or diverge from the beginning
from their families or social networks.
My mother was raised in a working-class
Bradford family by a hard-working mother
whose heart was loving but whose social
outlook was mean. My grandmother is a
conservative with a big and little C and she
loved Winston Churchill and Margaret
Thatcher. My mother hated Thatcher, is a
feminist and socialist in the Old Labour
I was born in the year Margaret Thatcher
took power in Britain. The social division
she produced was greater than in today s
Britain, despite us having another prime
minister who is unmoved by the conse-
quences of removing safety nets and under-
The Thatcher generation produced swathes
of voters who would vote for anything but
the Conservatives. They are still around
today but instead of being united behind
one party (the Labour party) the people "of the left"
are splintered into factions. This simply allows the
Conservatives to win, like they did at last Thursday s
general election. Eleven million voted for the Con-
servatives, 18 million voted for other parties. Fourteen
of the 18 million share left-wing views, but only 9
million marked the Labour box on the ballot paper.
Labour, if they are smart about the next election,
would take a leaf out of the UNC s book. Working
on the basis that it was impossible for the party alone
to win enough seats to form an outright majority, the
UNC shrewdly approached other parties (and not
even parties politically aligned) to stand on a part-
nership ticket that promised (though it ultimately
failed to deliver) pluralist politics in government.
Conversely, Labour denied until the bitter end that
it would work in any kind of coalition---particularly
with the Scottish National Party (SNP). Labour lost
all but one of its 40 seats in Scotland to the SNP,
safe Labour seats for a century and more, and lost
the election resoundingly.
In Trinidad, the politics of left and right have rarely
been a concern on a national scale. Though Eric
Williams "pragmatic socialism" focused on social
services and education and was funded by industries
and resources that balanced national ownership with
external investment and development, the driving
force of his People s National Movement was nation-
alism, not socialism.
The same nationalism---a unifying pride in an inde-
pendent, prosperous, multicultural country---still beats
strong in the heart of most Trinis even if, comically
and often toxically, the nation is split along racial
lines when it comes to elections.
The environment for a socialist movement that
might have split people on a traditional right-left axis
was never present in Trinidad and is still absent today.
Even though many Trinis are poor they don t hunger
for social reform and welfare. They are, trade unionists
excepted, happy with boom and bust and private
companies making fortunes. As individuals they aspire
to be rich.
"It s like John Steinbeck observed of America," a
Trini friend told me. "Socialism never took root there,
he said, because the poor don t see themselves as
poor, but temporarily inconvenienced millionaires."
Politics, he said, is not defined by class or ideology
in Trinidad, just blind ethnic tribalism.
"But also we were a British colony," he added.
"Something about that inured us against the socialist
revolution. So we exported our Marxists---CLR James,
Claudia Jones---they couldn t thrive here."
Nationalism in British politics has risen, in a sep-
"The Scottish lion has roared," said the SNP s
former leader Alex Salmond as he won one of 56 SNP
seats in the House of Commons.
In response, the English lion has woken up and is
beginning to snarl.
As well as a hardening of Middle England s con-
servative tendencies; the time honoured retreat to
the right this election threw up a much more uncertain
future. People from England s council estates and
country estates elected Cameron, an Eton-educated
aristocrat (the Queen s fifth cousin twice removed),
rather than Miliband, the Jewish socialist s son who
went to a North London state school. People from
Scotland elected neither.
Great disappointment brings radical change. Ed
Miliband is gone and Labour could elect the first
black leader of a British political party---the 36-year-
old half-Nigerian Londoner, Chuka Umunna.
Britain s Obama moment if it happens could bring
together fragmented regions and encourage the 30
per cent of non-voting Brits (mostly young people)
to get involved. All together now: Yes We Can.
Time for UK's Obama moment?
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