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This is an interesting question. Some time
ago, judging from reports in the media, I
had formed the impression that Christlyn
Moore, leader of the Tobago Forwards, following
the massive rejection of the TOP in the 2013
Tobago House of Assembly elections, seemed to
have thought that The Forwards would have been
the logical successor of the TOP as "partner" in
Tobago in the UNC-led coalition.
Indeed, in support, she even referred to her
personal professional relationship with the Prime
Minister. Matters seem to have been complicated
by the "carryings-on" of Minister of Tobago
Development, Dr Delmond Baker, who saw him-
self as neither fish nor fowl, being unable to
make up his mind as to whether he was TOP or
However, Dr Baker s problem was solved for
him by his expulsion from the TOP and the
announcement by Moore of her candidacy for
Baker s Tobago West seat.
Now that Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, whose
political clout must have suffered tremendously
over the past few months, has been given the
boot as its candidate by the TOP, this exacer-
bates even further the splintering of the anti-
What seems clear is that unless there be an
uncharacteristic shift in the pattern of voting in
Tobago, the PNM has had it made.
I noticed that one pollster has said that the
two Tobago seats will be "critical" in determining
which party will be forming the next govern-
ment. Judging from political developments in
Tobago, he could very well place the two Tobago
seats snuggly into the slot of the PNM.
Is he therefore implying that the PNM will win
the general election?
Errol OC Cupid
Ihave a question to the President of the Bankers Asso-
ciation, Darryl White, who is advising us that prime
lending rates are on the rise and he also wants to know
why were the rates so low for so long.
I want to know why deposit interest rates were so
low for so long and if you are planning to raise those as
the prime lending rate rises?
Neil R de Montrichard
Iwent to the International Panorama on Sunday. Fan-
tastic! I had to leave at 6 pm; only ten of the 24 bands
had performed up to that time. I turned on my televi-
sion to view the balance of performances.
Not to be. Only American soaps and other foreign
content on all local channels. Unbelievable!
Do the programmers at our TV stations have no
sense of pride in our local culture? Shame on you all.
Dr David Salinger
Ireally wonder who came up with the
stuff in the People's Partnership's mani-
festo. The very first "goodie" I heard was
the Prime Minister saying if elected they
would supply laptops to each first-time,
first-year university student. That was it,
I changed the channel.
What I would like to ask the PM is
which university student she knows that
doesn't own a laptop? What is the pur-
pose of this measure? I am wondering
what thought went into preparing their
They have already given laptops to
SEA students and after the first year
most of those machines were useless
because of the speed and quality. Not to
mention the amount of wasted time
these kids spend on social media.
So what would happen to all the
money university students used previ-
ously to acquire their laptops? I think I
have it figured out. They would now use
it in the in-house bar that they are now
going to reopen on campus because it
appears that the Government lost a
whole lot of the money by students
going off campus and liming.
Laptops for university students? Really?
An excavator removes sargassum seaweed from the shoreline near Magdalena Grand Hotel in Lowlands, Tobago, on Sunday. The
Tobago House of Assembly has committed an initial $3 million to assist in clean-up efforts along the beaches in Tobago.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Real question is why are deposit
interest rates so low, so long?
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