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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 10, 2013
If Jack Warner is selected by the UNC
to fight the by-election for the
Chaguanas West seat without com-
prehensively clearing his name of the
damning allegations of fraud and misap-
propriation of Fifa monies, it will be the
beginning of the end of the UNC and
the Partnership Government.
The non-aligned voters in the East-
West corridor will not endorse expedi-
ency and popularity over morality in
public affairs and good governance.
It is a fact that Mr Warner was an
efficient and competent MP and minis-
ter of government who served the con-
stituents of Chaguanas West as no other
has in the history of party politics in
His invaluable assistance moulded the
UNC into an efficient election machine
which led the Partnership to capture the
reins of government. And this he did
with his blood, sweat, tears and money.
But at this point, he is more of a liabili-
ty than an asset to the UNC and the
In any event, it does not matter
whom the UNC selects to contest
Chaguanas West; this is UNC heartland,
and as such the selected candidate is
guaranteed to win the seat. Thus if Mr
Warner contests as an independent can-
didate against the chosen UNC candi-
date, he would be defeated comprehen-
sively and may even lose his deposit.
But Mr Warner is smarter than that.
By now it has dawned upon him that he
cannot be selected and will not be
selected by the UNC and as an inde-
pendent candidate he is doomed. He is
quite aware that the very people whom
he assisted will vote party and not indi-
He is quite aware that the con-
stituents of Chaguanas West know that
he needs government resources to deliv-
er the political goods and services and if
he is not a member of the Cabinet, or
at least a UNC MP, he will be crippled
and thus be unable to be of great assis-
tance to them as he was in the past.
Most of all, he is quite aware that the
UNC constitution demands that he be
expelled from the party if he contests
against the UNC candidate.
But Mr Warner, with legal opinions in
hand from his local and English attor-
neys, will face the UNC screening com-
mittee. Dr Suruj Rambachan should not
be on the panel to screen him because
the average man on the street would
form the opinion, and rightly so, that
Rambachan would not be objective and
dispassionate in evaluating the facts and
circumstances of his suitability as a can-
Mr Warner had openly and shame-
lessly revealed to the entire population
that he had conspired with former
prime minister Patrick Manning and
Colm Imbert to obtain the support of
the PNM counsellors to defeat Ram-
bachan s quest to be re-elected Mayor
of Chaguanas. And Jack recently stated
on TV that Rambachan is the "most
vindictive man he knows" (what irony).
And he alluded that he is a racist.
Thus justice and fair play demand that
Rambachan must step down from the
UNC screening committee.
It is also my humble opinion that the
Prime Minister must indicate to the
UNC screening committee why, at this
point, it is sagacious not to have Mr
Warner in her Cabinet, and why as
political leader of the UNC she is of the
view that Mr Warner at this juncture
should not hold the position of chair-
man of the party she leads. And it is of
no moment whether Mr Warner volun-
tarily resigned from these positions or
whether in her own deliberate judge-
ment she demanded that he tender his
If the allegations of fraud and misap-
propriations of Fifa monies, among
other things, remain substantially intact,
Jack is politically crippled for the fol-
i) he will not be selected to contest
the by-election on a UNC ticket
ii) if he goes up as an independent
against the UNC candidate, he would be
expelled from the party and be political-
ly dead, never ever to rise again
iii) as an independent he will be beat-
en comprehensively; and if by some sort
of voodoo magic from Haiti he wins the
by-election, he would be an impotent
MP outside of the Cabinet and thus
unable to perform the miracles of repre-
sentation to Chaguanas West as he once
So it does not matter what political
manoeuvres Mr Warner engages in; he
cannot regain his seat in Parliament. But
if he plays his cards right in the all-
fools game of politics and he is eventu-
ally cleared of the Fifa allegations, he
could bounce back into the political
arena, but never again in the Parliament.
He is forever doomed with his political
baggage, but may be able to remain in
the political arena/game, unless he
allows his political enemies to hang his
Warner must understand that all he
has in his hand in this game is two
pieces of trump---low and Jack.
Gillian Lucky returns next week.
Kudos to GML
Kudos to the management of the Guardian
Media Ltd for making two important decisions
within the past two weeks---having Marlene Davis'
new column, Language Matters, in the Sunday
Guardian and airing Ian Alleyne's Crime Watch on
Ms Davis and Mr Alleyne are both exceptional in
their respoective fields. The former checks the
wrongs that people write and the latter rights
wrongs and keeps people in check.
Open manholes a
danger to everyone
Walking on the pavement on the south side of
Majuba Cross Road, Petit Valley is very dangerous.
I counted 15 manhole covers missing leaving these
big holes open for anyone to fall into. These covers
did not go missing overnight but have been miss-
ing for months. I hope the covers will be replaced
and bolted down before someone gets hurt.
I contributed to the National Insurance system
during my working career. On becoming 60 years
of age in 2008, I filed my retirement claim at the
San Fernando Service Centre.
Would you believe to date, after five years, my
claim has not been determined? I was paid two
small interim amounts and left to scrunt. I made
over 690 contributions and am entitled to much
more money than that.
I have made numerous visits to the San Fer-
nando Office. I even went to head office and all I
am told is that they are investigating.
Editor, I paid my hard-earned contributions and
now that I am entitled and need my benefit, I can-
not get it. Can you please help?
Edan Neziam Ghany
END OF UNC IF JACK
SELECTED TO CONTEST It's Your Write
Hard to get NIS benefits
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