Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 3rd 2013 Contents There is no denying that former
Cabinet minister and Chaguanas
West MP Jack Warner enjoys great
popularity among the masses, as
was evidenced by the large crowd
that attended his meeting last
Thursday when he explained his
version of the events that led to his
resignation as a minister and chair-
man of the UNC.
Before his public declaration,
many speculated that Warner would
not be bold enough to relinquish his
seat, as this, in their view, was the
only means of ensuring his political
As true testimony of his desire to
get a fresh mandate from the people
who elected him into office, Warner,
at the end of his address, stated to
his constituents that his resignation
would be forwarded to the Speaker
of the House at the parliamentary
sitting the next day.
With that said, the political hat-
trick was complete, with Warner
giving up all three of his powerful
At the time of writing, the UNC
executive is scheduled to meet to
discuss the matter of the selection
of its candidate for the up-coming
by-election, but based on public
utterances by senior party stalwarts,
it seems unlikely that Warner will
get the nod from his party as the
And while the decision to distance
the Government from Warner may
be the only option available to the
UNC, it does not mean that the
man who was once, and for many
still is, considered a political giant
will go down without a fight.
For some, the rapid acceptance of
the Warner resignation as a Cabinet
member, thereby denying the
request by Warner to give it effect
when he made the announcement
at the Friday sitting of Parliament,
was nothing short of a box in the
face to an individual who was once
believed to be the puppet master of
the Prime Minister.
Whether there was any truth to
this belief, the action of the Prime
Minister has certainly put this issue
to rest. The honourable lady is no
one s puppet and if ever she was,
the strings are permanently cut.
However, many observers have
opined that the Warner resignations
should not be lightly dismissed by
his former political colleagues, some
of whom appear to be happy with
the sudden turn of events.
Those who are ecstatic believe
that the Jack factor is no longer a
matter of concern, but they ought
to be mindful that what goes
around, comes around and what eh
meet yuh, ent pass yuh.
There have been several examples
in which the worst political enemies
have become the best of friends and
the best political friends have
become the worst political enemies.
What is clear, however, is that the
worst political enemies are those
that come from within the ranks---
whether they belong to a cabal or
Who would have thought that the
great Warner, who has assisted
thousands in his capacity as a
Member of Parliament, both in
Opposition and in Government,
would find himself in such a politi-
cal mess, with people who once
hugged him closely now distancing
themselves with a ten-foot pole?
Of course, those who are sea-
soned politicians would not be sur-
prised by the ever-changing and
unstable political landscape because
in the game of politics, any mark
can play. But Warner has always
held himself to be a close ally of
the Prime Minister, from her early
days when she defeated the mighty
Basdeo Panday as political leader of
the UNC and her historic election
as the first female Prime Minister.
Warner has for some time been
the subject of allegations with
respect to football matters as it
relates to his role as the vice presi-
dent of Fifa and the president of
Concacaf, yet the Prime Minister
never saw it fit before now to take
the drastic action of removing
Warner from her Cabinet.
In fact, the Prime Minister
appointed Warner on several occa-
sions to act in her position when
she was abroad and she also gave
him the hot but prestigious Min-
istry of National Security.
For such a twist of fate to have
occurred---literally moving Warner
from hero to zero---suggests that the
Prime Minister is privy to informa-
tion that has forced her to act in
such a decisive manner.
With all that has transpired since
the announcement and submission
of his resignations, it is obvious that
parties and individuals have been
blindsided, with each affected entity
denying the intensity of the injury
caused by this major political blow.
The partnership has had its fair
share of political fractures but many
predict that the Jack crack will not
be easily mended.
The UNC comprises a few politi-
cal veterans who can give the prop-
er advice in this latest political sce-
nario, but whether such people have
the ear of the Prime Minister is an
entirely different matter.
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FROM HERO TO ZERO OWTU head calls on McLeod: Leave
Partnership and return to labour fold
You would be a fool to leave a position in the government where
you can have some measure of influence to effect policy change
favourable to workers. Let Roget and co continue to be rabble rousers.
Workers need both.
Injections to plump up skin
could be harmful
Absolutely! Recently, in the United States the FDA sent out letters
to doctors warning of counterfeit Botox. I have also read a story of in-
correctly combined fillers that caused terrible damage. It is important
to understand that just because a cosmetic procedure is common,
even normalised, there can be risks. I urge patients to research not
only their surgeon but also the facility the procedure is to be per-
Duprey, Monteil no show, Upsets Colman
$2,000? That's chewing gum money for these people.
Intolerable failure of ministries on flooding
Not until one understands that in order to alleviate the flooding
problems, there has to be coordination with different agencies, eg T&C
planning which approves these housing without proper infrastructure
in place and with no adherence to environmental issues. Do you see
Trinis dumping garbage in canals, rivers, etc. Until all Trinis take that
little pride in our environment, we would see cleaner drainage and less
debris in our river flow.
ODPM looks to better flood management
Maybe the politicians will stop playing politics with people lives and
do what is good for the country and not themselves.
Lucky wants more teeth in PCA Act
Good job, Ms Lucky. Keep increasing the awareness of the public to
their rights and keep putting pressure on these wrongdoings in our
Managing director of Lloyd Best Institute:
Reform needed in campaign financing
Certainly but not without a carefully thought-out process that en-
sures strict adherence; then again just how trinis operate.
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