Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 22nd 2015 Contents PNM: HATE ROWLEY CAMPAIGN
The United National Congress (UNC)
has denied that use of tapes in its "No
Rowley" campaign, featuring former
prime minister Patrick Manning crit-
icising current People National Move-
ment (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley,
is a violation of Parliament s rules on
use of excerpts of proceedings.
UNC spokesman Vasant Bharath
responded to T&T Guardian questions
on the issue hours after the UNC
launched the drive at the Hyatt Regency,
Port-of-Spain, on Monday, unveiling
an anti-Rowley campaign for electronic,
print, billboard and Web purposes called
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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The campaign features posters of Rowley, accuses
the PNM of not having a plan on various issues and
repeats Rowley s taped comment, "I don t know" on
It also involves tapes of Manning in Parliament crit-
icising Rowley, from clips during 2008, soon after
Manning had fired Rowley from the PNM Cabinet.
Contacted on Parliament broadcast rules, Parliament
officials referred to Parliament s Standing Orders on
House of Representative rules for broadcasting (SO
This states that the House authorises broadcasting
of excerpts of its proceedings by radio and TV stations
in accordance with certain conditions.
This includes that "broadcast of excerpts shall be
used only for the purposes of fair and accurate reports
of proceedings and shall not be used for political party
advertising or election campaigning, satire, ridicule,
purposes of maliciously attacking someone s reputation
or character, or for commercial sponsorship or com-
UNC campaign manager Rodney Charles said the
tapes of Manning speaking had to have been in Par-
liament but he said it was in the public domain and
was obtained from YouTube.
Bharath said the UNC had been advised that no
transgressions regarding Parliament s Standing Orders
had been committed since the tapes had been in the
public domain for a very long time and had been used
on several occasions, including on radio, TV and print.
At the media briefing, Bharath and Charles said the
hard-hitting "No Rowley" campaign was not a personal
attack on Rowley but was based on facts.
Bharath said: "There are 49 days until the people
of T&T decide on who should form their next gov-
ernment and the choice before the electorate could
not be clearer.
"It s a choice between Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, who has delivered for the people of
T&T and who has the vision to lead the country to
prosperity, or Keith Rowley, an angry arrogant man
who has no plan and no vision for T&T s future.
"To emphasise the clarity and importance of the
choice T&T faces, today we launch a campaign that
will show why Keith Rowley is such a poor choice to
become our prime minister. The campaign will hold
Rowley to account on his actions, his words and
political record and it will make it clear he s not fit
to become prime minister."
"The campaign is hard hitting but it s also factual
and fair. It isn t based on what we have to say about
Keith Rowley, it s based entirely on Keith Rowley s
own words and the words of people who have worked
closely with him.
"All these words make it clear Keith Rowley is a
poor choice to become T&T s prime minister."
Charles said there have been challenges in getting
the PNM to identify its plans to the public and the
UNC would force the PNM to tell T&T this.
Bharath said the campaign was not funded by the
Government but by parties within UNC. Neither he
nor Charles could give the cost of the campaign,
including the overall cost, or identify financiers.
He said UNC would be happy to disclose that when
campaign finance reform laws were enacted. Asked
if the PNM disclosed its financiers if the UNC would
do same, Bharath said the UNC would examine dis-
Charles denied the campaign idea was that of UK
consultants but admitted UNC had consultants "from
all over" and took talent "from wherever it needed."
He couldn t give the consultants cost.
Charles, however, said Ross Advertising was not
part of the campaign "in a significant way," but this
had nothing to do with any "falling out."
Bharath said while Ross Advertising played a larger
part in previous years, work was now spread around
the advertising fraternity.
"We are not discarding anyone, we simply want to
get different views," Bharath said.
UNC launches anti-Rowley campaign
Posters depicting the UNC's "No Rowley campaign"
which were unveiled at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-
Spain on Monday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
The PNM subsequently issued a statement
in Rowley's name responding to the UNC's ad
campaign saying, the "UNC unmasking of
themselves at the Hyatt is simply the
unveiling and formalisation of an ongoing
personalised hate campaign which ought to
be wholly rejected by citizens. This is only
their latest investment which they believe
will substitute for accounting for their
disastrous record which they now seek to run
"What this country needs is a clean
campaign on ideas, issues and accountability.
The nation must reject this shameful type of
politics especially when it comes from people
who talk glibly about uniting the country
when all that they offer is hatred,
incompetence and divisiveness. This UNC
Government will be judged on their known
record and not on how much they hate Keith
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