Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 26th 2013 Contents such a shock and sent a shock
wave internationally, then he must
pay the ultimate price.
He must explain to his own sup-
porters whether his sense of judg-
ment and thinking is one that they
can trust in light of his aspirations
to become prime minister.
If we should come off the e-
mail bacchanal for the time being:
so far in your term you have
attracted a kind of media atten-
tion arguably unlike any of your
predecessors. Why do controver-
sies follow you?
(A slight chuckle) If you go back
to the last three administrations
you will see that this office is really
a hot seat. Former attorney general
and president of T&T, the late Sir
Ellis Clarke, pulled me aside and
told me it was the most difficult
job that he had undertaken during
his distinguished public service
career, describing it as a hot seat.
He gave me a hug and wished
me best of luck in it.
What has been the biggest dis-
appointment for you in this
office...the verbal attacks?
(A heavy sigh and rubbing the
fingers on his hands) My greatest
disappointment is the fact that it
is a thankless act of public service.
I left my private service when I
did so with good intention trying
to effect change at the highest level
from within the Parliament. I did
not realise the politics would have
been so burdensome.
Your most pleasant moment?
It is to see the level of appre-
ciation and gratitude when I walk
the streets to see these people, the
silent majority, who appreciate
what I do in terms of the fight
against crime and improving the
quality of life for all citizens.
On a more personal note, sec-
tions of the media have been car-
rying stories of you buying up
properties in Maraval, tinged with
Those things---you know, you
don t mind when you make a sac-
rifice and you assume a risk per-
sonally, but it obviously hurts
when your family becomes entan-
gled and exposed.
But I have worked hard and
invested wisely to make myself
some money and yes, I bought two
properties, one of them which I
made the final payment one month
after I became AG.
I have no difficulty to comply
if I am called upon to account,
and everything has been disclosed
to the Integrity Commission.
Senator Ramlogan, the three-
year stewardship of the People s
Partnership has been marked by
several missteps and what-have-
you which might have had the
effect of distracting from the pos-
itive achievements of the regime.
What sort of guarantee can you
give that these situations can be
minimised within the next two
(A deep breath) The Government
has learnt from its mistakes; we
are not perfect, we are only human
and we understand that these two
years would be a very testing time,
and will define the Government s
tenure and it may very well be
make or break.
But we are very confident that
having stabilised the economy by
addressing those three major
inherited problems of Clico, out-
standing public-sector wage nego-
tiations and the massive legal claim
from the construction sector, we
are now in a position to actually
implement the programmes that
were in the pipeline.
Finally, do you have aspirations
of furthering your political
Nobody knows what lies behind
the door, but I can tell you that I
enjoyed working for Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar over
the last three years. I admire her
astute leadership and also share
her vision for the country.
I am not wedded to politics. This
has been a useful adventure and
a wonderful hobby, but my first
and major passion remains the law,
and one day I will want to return
to practice, because I miss the cut
and thrust of the court.
May 26, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
The Government has
learnt from its
mistakes; we are not
perfect, we are only
human and we
understand that these
two years would be a
very testing time, and
will define the
and it may very well be
make or break.
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Former national security minister Jack Warner stands among supporters during the celebrations.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar holds hands with her husband, Dr Gregory Bissessar, as they wave to supporters during the People's Partnership's third anniversary celebrations at Mid
Centre Mall, Chaguanas, on Friday night. PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The next two years a very testing time---AG
Make or break for PP
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