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This is one for the political sci-
entists/analysts to interpret and
explain and I hope they will.
In the 2010 general election Jack
Warner, on a UNC ticket, obtained
over 19,000 votes. In Monday s
by-election Mr Warner got approx-
imately 12,500 votes while Ms
Ameen got just over 5,126. In other
words, the total of Ms Ameen and
Mr Warner votes, which is basically
UNC vote, is less than what Mr
Warner got in 2010.
Is this not an indication that
both UNC and Mr Warner have
lost support since 2010, with the
biggest loser being Mr Warner
whose votes dropped from 19-plus
thousand to 12 and a half thou-
Another factor to be considered
is that the constituency has an
electorate of around 27,000. So
what happened to the nine thou-
sand who did not exercise their
right to vote? Why these people
did not come out to vote is anoth-
er one for the political scientists to
analyse and explain to us.
To say that Mr Warner won
overwhelmingly on Monday is not
entirely true. The majority (the
9,000 who did not vote and the
5,000 who voted for Khadijah
Ameen) did not support Jack
That is 14,000 or more than half
of the electorate! Forty seven per
cent of those eligible to vote sup-
ported the ILP leader and 53 per
cent did not.
To me the biggest message sent
was from the 9,000 who did not
go to the polls and it was sent pri-
marily to Mr Warner.
This reminds me of the days
when PNM used to win elections.
Anyway, congratulations to Mr
The numbers say otherwise
No funds for Eid
It is now the second year in a row
that we of the Muslim Social and
Cultural Foundation (MSCF) of
Trinidad and Tobago have been
blanked by Government for funds
to host our Eid celebrations.
Most in the Muslim community,
if asked, will confirm that we have
hosted the largest and most suc-
cessful events ever, with the last
being the I-Expo held at Mid Centre
Mall, Chaguanas, attracting over
20,000. We are even considered the
"NCIC" of the muslim community,
since our events attract all and
sundry. We view this as an attempt
at political victimisation once again.
This however will not cause us to
grovel at the feet of any politician
for what should be rightfully ours.
We are seeing too, that organisa-
tions that have done little or noth-
ing being recipients of hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
When the PNM discriminated
against the SDMS it was wrong,
but when the present UNC govern-
ment discriminates against us that
I thank God that the days for this
type of victimisation and treatment
will soon be over and a new breed
of politicians will sweep through
Living in a
With Jack Warner's victory in
the by-election, Express columnist
Michael Harris asserted that T&T is
ready for a new type of politics. He
is not alone in making this analysis.
Some of my friends in the US
have suggested that Warner has
healed the racial fault line because
East Indians voted for an African in
a predominantly East Indian con-
Are these people for real? Are
they suggesting that African/East
Indian unity was achieved in the
wake of Monday's election? They
are fooling themselves.
This election result has nothing
to do with the creation of a new
type of politics.
The entity called the Independ-
ent Liberal Party (ILP) can't bring
about any transformation of the
society. It is an election party
formed to continue the same old
politics that the country inherited
This by-election was about jock-
eying for the next general election
to see which party will become the
manager for the continuation of
the neo-liberal agenda in T&T.
Will the ILP repeal the IRA, end
contract labour, stop privatisation
of state enterprises, end govern-
ment public/private partnership, jail
ministers for corruption, transform
Laventille and other depressed
communities, allow unionisation of
all workers, implement a living
wage, nationalise the petroleum in-
dustry, implement a new type of
governance, create structures for
participatory democracy? The an-
swer is no.
PP needs to do
A question in the minds of many Peo-
ple's Partnership supporters is what
must the PP need to do to win the next
general election? The PP needs to clean
up their closet.
The Prime Minister must gain the
total support of all her MPs in strategis-
ing a way forward.
There needs to be a reconnect be-
tween the PP and the grassroot support-
ers. Moreover, the PP needs to reassess
the option of allowing Jack Warner back
into their party.
This may be the impetus for success.
If this is not done then votes will split.
Even if Jack Warner decides to run on his
own for elections there is the possibility
of the PNM winning as has happened
when there was the UNC/COP split.
It's only those with a weak belly that
will switch easily from one party to next.
Unlike the ILP supporters, who are
mainly former UNC supporters, PNM
supporters have a very strong stamina,
they are PNM "till ah die".
The UNC/COP/ILP/MSJ/TOP need to
get up and smell the coffee before it's
I view President Carmona's dis-
missal of the Independent Senators
who had not completed their terms
of office as setting a poor prece-
I share Mr Martin Daly's condem-
nation of such action.
Independent Senators are not
usually politicians and are chosen
because in the view of the Presi-
dent who appointed them they are
both well qualified in their respec-
tive fields and had acquired the
public respect, built a pubic reputa-
tion and were willing to serve the
Further, they did not seek office---
one isolated from the "eat a food"
syndrome. Hence it may be per-
ceived as a public rebuke by the
President or some sort of failure to
perform on their part if they are
fired in mid-stream of their senato-
Surely there is a blot on the sena-
tor's public professional reputation
since the population is simply left to
speculate as to what they did
Though the President has the au-
thority to fire senators, they are not
the men and women of any particu-
lar president; they do not have to
share the views or mores of any in-
They simply have to be experi-
enced in their fields and can bring
such judgement to the deliberations
As a little aside, the President's
view that people under the age of
25 should also be allowed to be sen-
ators is to misunderstand the role
Port-of-Spain South MP
We are calling on the People's Na-
tional Movement (PNM) to issue a for-
mal apology to His Excellency the
President of the Republic and the nation
for the lack of decorum showed by MP
for Port-of-Spain South Marlene Mc
Donald during his speech that resulted
in her being admonished by His Excel-
lency for interrupting him not once, but
on three occasions.
It shows a marked lack of respect
that this could have occurred, so we are
demanding that the party issue a press
release apologising for the behaviour.
We are also demanding that she also
makes a personal apology to the Presi-
dent and Parliament for her inappropri-
ate outbursts interjected during the
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