Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 31st 2015 Contents This campaign has already been financed by myself
largely and friends and supporters around me. This
is a Tobago campaign, and we refuse to accept big
money from big business outside of Tobago.
Have you been offered big money?
I would not use the word offered, but I have been
propositioned and that is a different word. Tobago
needs to defend Tobago, and all the resources to run
a campaigning here are within Tobago, so I frown
upon anyone who has to come to Trinidad to get
money to run a campaign there.
You have not given me as yet the estimated cost
of your campaign?
I have no budget. In my campaign the most expen-
sive item will be jerseys because everyone wants a
jersey, and people are donating jerseys.
You said you have no budget?
No. No. The budget is with the people, whatever
the people decide what the budget is that is what
the budget is going to be. I already have volunteers
coming to me.
You don t you have to at least feed them with
some kind of a snack and so on?
Mr Raphael, feed them, how? Tobago people are
not hungry you know, we are a people with pride.
Can your volunteers be sustained just with pride?
No. No. Politics is not about feeding people, politics
is about the ideals, your policies, whether people are
turned on or turned off by them, or it just doesn t
matter to them. We try to turn people on with our
vision for Tobago, with passion...
Mr Duke, what s your vision for Tobago?
(Slight indignation with arms spread wide apart)
Look here, Mr Raphael, you want all of that in just
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Duke: We don't want money from big
businesses in Trinidad to campaign
From Page A10
one interview? You have to give me
another interview where you would get
more meat on the proposals I have for
winning my seat. Anyway, let me give
you the long and short of that answer.
The short first---It is that everybody in
Tobago must become involved in the
decision making process; housewives,
attendants, taxi drivers, scavengers,
doctors, lawyers, public servants.
The long answer---I want Tobago to
be the economic hub of the Caribbean
such as the case with Singapore, by
involving people in decision making
which I call participatory consultation.
Surely, Mr Duke, the cultural atti-
tude of Singaporeans and Tobagonians
are not exactly the same and...
Your words, Clevon, have betrayed
you. It shows you have not spent any
time at all in Tobago studying its people
and so on...
That is incorrect, I have spent con-
siderable time since 1980, at regular
intervals, in the sister island. And why
are you making that allegation?
(With a straight face) You were prob-
ably skylarking, loitering, and certainly
not with the people...
Mr Duke, you cannot truthfully say
I have not worked with Tobagonians.
Mr Raphael, this is final, I feel you
spent time skylarking there, and there
is something called Tobago pride which
overrides a person s intelligence and
Mr Duke, we will not get anywhere
debating what I did or what I did not
do in Tobago, but moving on...The
fact that you are running as an inde-
pendent means that you or Tobago-
nians are not satisfied with the two
major parties---UNC/PP and the PNM.
Have these parties been treating Toba-
go with an uneven hand?
I am saying to you that people are
born at different times to achieve certain
things; Henry Ford was born to create
the motor vehicle.
Mr Duke, is that the question?
(Ignoring Raphael and raising his
voice) Are you saying Pharaoh was irrel-
Mr Duke, is that the question?
Mr Raphael, I am saying I was born
for this time, I am here for this time.
What happened in the past was the
past, those leaders did what they could
have done and this is why I am here.
In all that they have delivered, we are
still not where we should have been.
There should be no need for national
housing in Tobago. In a small island
like that, there should be no health
crisis in Tobago. Tobago with a pop-
ulation of 60,000 people should have
its own education system where we
could export education, there should
be no illiteracy, there should be nobody
living under the poverty line in Toba-
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