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Cautiously optimistic is how a posi-
tive-thinking citizen like myself
may want to rate the political sce-
nario in which T&T has now found
The pessimistic among us may
choose to say it is a ball of confusion.
The anti-PP crowd, particularly the
PNM devotees are in anticipatory glee
counting down the days or perhaps
months, for the imminent collapse of
the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administra-
tion, as is being predicted by their
leader Keith Rowley.
Oh, and how can we forget the new
kid on the block, the Independent Lib-
eral Party also known as the Green
Party, which sprung to life overnight in
the heart of Chaguanas last weekend?
I am sure that others have their own
spin or take on this dynamic or even
quite unexpected state of the republic s
I am sure, too, no one could quite
have foreseen this situation although
critics of the PP regime launched a
vigorous attack on the future or the
lack of it, of the ruling coalition almost
the day after May 24, 2010, when the
administration took office.
One expected the parliamentary
opposition to, of course, lead this
charge since its sole purpose is to wrest
office from the ruling party through
Although the PP has been beset with
one "crisis" after another, most of
them triggered by the outbursts by its
frontline ministers, if we are to be hon-
est with each other nobody truly
believed it would have reached this
Although there were signs of cracks
in the coalition with the first voluntary
resignation of one of its members, the
Movement or Social Justice representa-
tive David Abdulah, most of us thought
Kamla Persad-Bissessar was truly doing
a great job of holding the team togeth-
er.And to some extent she has been
successful in cracking the whip when it
was necessary to keep some of these
worrisome men in check.
And then entered the Jack Warner
factor which threatened to possibly
derail her government with incessant
allegations against him which have
never been proven in a court of law.
And the consequential clamour for
her to get rid of the minister deemed
to be the most productive in her cabi-
net, apart from being one of the PP s
To make a long story very short, the
situation has escalated to the point
where the Chaguanas West by-election
has to be fought in which Warner is
seeking "revalidation" from his former
He is coming up against five candi-
dates the main ones being the UNC s
Khadijah Ameen and the PNM s
While some, such as political ana-
lysts, are jostling to see who could
come up with all sorts of theories on
what the by-election would mean for
the protagonists, more so the PP
administration, I think it is much too
early to make any intelligent forecast
one way or the other.
There is too much at stake in this
epic battle and its ferocity is being
gauged by the fact that the poll has
taken the form of a general election.
According to one of my friends who
has a keen eye on the country s poli-
tics: "You wouldn t believe this is a by-
election, they are getting on as if it is a
general election. Look nah boy, this is a
Another thing that is certain about
the outcome of this poll which is
bound to have some kind of impact on
the forthcoming local government elec-
tion later this year and the general
election in 2015, is that one of the can-
didates stands to lose a lot of whether
he wins or loses on July 29.
But for the time being all the specu-
lations being thrown out are simply
that; none of us can precisely say how
would this pan out in the final analysis.
We have to wait for the results on
the night of July 29, to make any
informed assessment as we look to the
future of our political landscape.
Anything other than that is purely
There is absolutely no doubt that a
lot of ego and pride will be played out
in this battle which some say would be
a telling one not only for the PP gov-
Also on the line to lose political face
although it is still a largely unknown
entity is the ILP. The PNM, is also try-
ing to rub salt in the UNC face by
winning the seat, something that it
would be hard-pressed to achieve.
Minister: $2b spent on PVC
pipes for Caroni house lots
$2 billion is petty cash compared to over $1
trillion gone through like a dose of salts over the
past 57 years!
When the courts handed down their decisions
years ago, I thought that finally the ex-Caroni
workers would get their just due, what was
promised them in the VSEP.
But unfortunately, every time it came to the
forefront it kept being shoved to the side with
I commented on the mistreatment each time it
came on board but kept on waiting to see
movement. Very little or none came.
Finally I see some positive steps being taken,
and I do hope this time we can see the ex-Caroni
workers and Govt settling this issue once and for
all.Life did not come to a halt with the closing of
Caroni, and these ex-workers were left
abandoned by their govts, and had to struggle to
make ends meet.
I agree that there has been blatant neglect in
honouring the VSEP promised to those ex-Caroni
workers. Let us hope the minister can complete
this exercise and really put closure to this.
This Caroni issue should have been handled a
long time ago. I'm afraid both political parties
have let down these people, but hopefully it will
be resolved soon.
Political analyst: Race
won't cause swing
Contrary to what some may be trying to
initiate, this by-election in Chaguanas West will
be determined along party lines, and
Race and or religion will not creep into this
electoral race, no matter how hard some may try.
Exactly my view and I certainly do not
understand why analysts and columnists are
highlighting the race/religion agenda.
EPIC BATTLE IN THE
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