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Post elections, the heat continues.
ILP St Joseph candidate Om Lalla
still hasn t talked to former friend,
UNC rival, Ian Alleyne.
"Eventually I will," Lalla said,
expressing concern how Alleyne con-
ducted himself in the recent by elec-
tion. "But such is the nature of poli-
Alleyne, expected back on televi-
sion, will discover if his short-lived
foray into politics has affected Crime
Watch s credibility.
New PNM St Joseph MP Terrence
Deyalsingh, emulating Alleyne s per-
formance ethic, began working last
Wednesday in St Joseph on road and
housing issues, ahead of Wednes-
day s entry to Parliament.
After ILP s failures, ILP chairman
Robin Montano says recent develop-
ments "generally" have him dis-
And UNC s Suruj Rambachan is
savouring delayed victory with yes-
terday s full UNC control of the
Chaguanas corporation after ex-ILP
councillor Faaiq Mohammed sup-
ported UNC. It was a turnabout of
the tactic ILP leader Jack Warner
used with PNM assistance, to oust
Rambachan as Chaguanas mayor in
UNC, which contested seven cor-
porations in local government polls,
now control six.
But even with yesterday s much-
needed Chaguanas filip further nar-
rowing PNM s local government suc-
cess in eight corporations, questions
still shadow the four-times wounded
UNC/PP on its future.
This pertains similarly to PNM
whose victories in Tobago, LG polls
and St Joseph, heighten its govern-
ment-in-waiting profile and the
amount of scrutiny required outside
of elections to validate its position. It
is required even further due to mar-
gins in the LG poll and St Joseph
results. On a defined mid-term los-
ing streak, Prime Minister Kamal
Persad-Bissessar who cancelled her
planned trip to China this month for
elections, is faced with a leadership
test of hard decisions needed to
reshape and steady her "ship"---and
by extension T&T, now reeling from
four vigorous, vitriolic campaigns.
The UNC/PP holds small political
comfort in retaking parts of Chagua-
nas West from Warner in LG polls,
the narrow margin of Monday s St
Joseph s loss and beating Warner into
barren political ground of third place
on Monday also.
Nor can UNC s strong concession
statements and yesterday s Chagua-
nas victory bolster its position as
much as necessary since partner
COP is among those querying why
PP has lost so much support.
While the UNC lost St Joseph by a
narrow margin to PNM, UNC s 5,577
votes were almost half the 10,000
Herbert Volney won the seat with in
2010. ILP polled only 1,976.
PNM s Deyalsingh, who will sit
across the Parliament row from the
PP next Wednesday, will be living
testimony to Government s declining
stocks---down from 29 to 28 seats.
UNC s fight---and strategies---for
survival will impact on UNC s lead-
ership and executive elections in
Meanwhile, Warner who caused
the C/West by-election and engi-
neered the St Joseph event when he
persuaded Volney not to challenge
the vacancy declaration, gloated on
His party s loss of the election
battle that night appeared less
important than knowing he d won
another personal war, with UNC s
defeat. Warner wasted no time seek-
ing another by-election---in San Fer-
nando East---knowing UNC is sure to
lose that PNM stronghold and won t
be able to withstand destabilising
effects of a fifth election loss.
But yesterday in Chaguanas,
caught between political precipices,
his party wagered on refusing to take
the "bait" of supporting PNM s can-
didate, knowing the foundering ILP
cannot risk the deadly aspersions
that alliance will cast on the deterio-
rating party and which would con-
firm UNC s accusations of ILP as a
PNM "B" team.
Mohammed s defection which
whittled down Warner s Chaguanas
hold to Munroe Road, leaves the
ILP with more questions to answer
than the PP and a larger Quo Vadis
Yesterday s Chaguanas develop-
ment will also take the edge off
PNM s victory highs. Some PNMites
acknowledging the default-win per-
ception, are analysing results and
PP s propensity to battle fiercely over
the next 15 months.
PNM officials, noting lack of
expected appointments in Diego
Martin corporation, also note
behind the scenes issues in PNM.
Still, Monday s St Joseph victory in a
constituency whose mixed ethnic
and social categories represent T&T,
has so far secured PNM leader Keith
Rowley from threat of challenge in
next year s PNM leadership polls.
CHAGUANAS UNC VICTORY,
No escape from
I am writing once again (as I
did last year) to complain about
the horrendous and insensitive
use of fireworks.
On Divali night, my family and
I had to endure loud, booming,
shrill, whistling fireworks and
very irritating scratch bombs for
several hours which began in
the evening and continued until
minutes to midnight.
The houses in my area
(Lange Park, Chaguanas) are
extremely close and so the use
of these fireworks by fellow res-
idents, particularly my neigh-
bours, felt as though they were
happening in my very home.
There was no escape. The
noise was deafening, excruciat-
ing and frustrating not only to
me and my family, but to my
pets as well who I had to have
inside with me for hours.
To top things off, my neigh-
bour's children are setting off
dreaded scratch bombs every
evening now. A time of quiet
and contemplation has now be-
come an explosive event which
will continue until the new year.
There is no escape or peace
for me or my family as our con-
cern for our pets compels us to
stay at home with our animals
because they become so trau-
matised by the noise.
I have reached the stage of
considering leaving my home to
find solace elsewhere had I not
have my pets.
Why should other people be
blatantly allowed to affect the
quality and sanity of my life?
But what recourse have I
got? These people cannot be
reasoned with as their tempera-
ments are just as noisy and
troublesome as the fireworks
So, once again, I am appealing
to every citizen who is affected
by these menaces in our society,
because fireworks are a men-
ace, to take a strong stand
against the use of these
dreaded fireworks and scratch
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