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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley leads a group of supporters from his party, the People's National Movement, as they join
the anti-government march through the streets of Port-of-Spain which was organised by the labour movement yesterday.
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LEADING FROM THE FRONT
If I see the back of Jack
Warner after July 29, I will not
shed any tears, bitter or other-
wise, but I'm objective enough to
appreciate the work he has done
in his constituency, lambaste him
where he didn't (has anyone
driven through Warren Road in
the last three years?) and laud
him for being the only politician
who knows how to connect with
his constituents instead of pay-
ing lip service about "the people."
More importantly, however, is
the opportunity Chaguanas West
has to show the rest of sheep in
this country who blindly vote for
party and lame-duck representa-
tion and disregard quality of can-
didate and his/her ability to
champion issues that directly af-
No one has ever come this
close, and if Chaguanas West
doesn't reflect carefully and
choose a different path for all of
us to follow, then I don't see it
ever happening in my lifetime.
While everyone sees the chal-
lenge Jack has thrown down
against his party and the so-
called cabal in Government, Ch-
aguanas West has to also see
and take careful note of the chal-
lenge he has given them to think
and act differently. This by-elec-
tion is a watershed moment in
our electoral history and more
important than the actual candi-
dates themselves and the parties
that support them.
Fearing that an independent
candidate cannot get anything as
opposed to an "MP in govern-
ment" is irrelevant. A government
MP falls under a parliamentary
whip and has to toe the line in
what the executive believes to be
more important to them. No con-
sideration is made with regard to
the harsh realities constituents
face and representation becomes
the "backbencher." Heaven help
you if your MP has achieved the
dream of being a minister and
their elevation to that post is via
the Lower House.
Can you imagine Jack Warner,
or any MP, showing up at a gov-
ernment office with an 80-year-
old constituent on his arm and
demanding a real answer as to
why he/she cannot get the serv-
ice they are supposed to provide
instead of misdirection?
I'm sure you can, but then
you'll have to catch your MP be-
tween flights on "urgent govern-
Show us the way Chaguanas
West. Your decision on July 29
will resonate for years, no matter
what it is.
By-election a watershed
moment in T&T electoral history
One always knows when elections are in the air. The
would-be's, would-like-to-be and have-beens start to
come out of their insecure corners and seek to persuade
citizens into believing that they have the country at
And now with both the Chaguanas West by-election
and soon, local government election due, up pops Dr
Kirk Meighoo and his Democratic National Assembly
(DNA) party, coming out of what seemed like political
oblivion to contest the Chaguanas West by-election.
The question has to be asked, "Is Dr Meighoo really
serious?" The last time we heard or saw him was in the
2010 elections and before that some time in 2008. At
that time he also told us that "he was not ready to say
who the executive members of his DNA were," and now
the same old tune is being sung. Could this be the start
of game-show politics, or is he waiting for a partner to
"Let's make a deal?"
With the Chaguanas West by-election to be held on
July 29, Dr Meighoo is yet to measure his support but is
"quietly preparing for the 2015 general election," as he
sees his DNA party as representative of a new era of
politics and for all "who are fed up of the bacchanal and
confusion and corruption and the old era."
"A new era of politics," where did I hear that before?
Perhaps Dr Meighoo should consider a bye-bye election
Is Dr Meighoo
It has become evident that our culture is one of thiev-
ery, nepotism and corruption. This is not a decision that
I have come to accept easily, but our history since 1962
proves that we as a people are not only corrupt, but it
has become accepted.
Our slide into this started with Eric Williams who
turned a blind eye when corruption started to manifest
itself. This was only the beginning and over the years it
has become widespread and quite acceptable.
I know there are lots of people who speak out against
it, but they only speak out about it until they have the
chance to get into power, then all fall down.
If anybody had the time or inclination to go back and
look at corruption over the last 50 years they will under-
stand. As an example, we had the gas station racket,
DC9 racket and the Tesoro racket. These were just
groundwork for the corruption which brings us to this
We are now in a totally corrupt culture where, in
spite of all the platitudes and old talk, nobody, in all of
the 50 years, has made a jail. We have even sung and
danced to the calypsoes about Panama and have, of
course, drunk plenty rum, but to jail anyone, my only
suggestion is don't hold your breadth.
Gordon Dalla Costa
Nobody gets jailed
I have been badly bitten by my neighbour's pit bull.
The damage was not just physical but emotional and
psychological as well. I now have torn ligaments and
muscles, along with bruised arteries. Now imprisoned in
my couch for 6 months I often wonder if I would ever
feel safe to ever leave my home again for any simple er-
rand that so many other people take for granted.
This kind of injustice must never be left to recur at
the expense of anyone else's health and wellbeing. Dog
owners must be held responsible for any damage their
pet does after all, these animals are by nature, quite ter-
ritorial and will attack if they feel threatened.
Dog owners must
be held responsible
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