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able when you see what has been accomplished in
such a short space of time.
If this Government is performing so creditably,
what s responsible still for this perceived under-
Simple, Clevon, The Opposition PNM has a very
powerful propaganda machinery...all they do is to
run propaganda; they just let go one small piece
of information, an outright untruth or a half-truth,
and that goes through T&T like a dose of epsom
salts. Can you remember, Mr Raphael, the 1981
Baptist letter which was unleashed on the public,
where it was alleged that Karl Hudson-Phillips was
going to poison people in their water supply in
Maraval to gain ascendancy?
What happened in 2010 was similar to what
occurred under Prime Minister ANR Robinson, who
met a treasury which resembled the Sahara desert;
not a drop of water in the treasury, and he had to
take tough measures to bring back the country from
the brink of disaster.
Mr Hadeed, aren t you going overboard with
these allegations against the PNM? I don t want
to sound as though I am giving you a forum to
bash the PNM...
Mr Raphael (pushing back in his black leather
swivel chair), these things can be substantiated,
and if you want to, I can give you more. The same
unions who were against the NAR are the same
ones that you see railing up, going all over the place
Let me get personal with you, and if I remember
correctly, didn t you once describe yourself as the
first acknowledged political financier?
Well, I wouldn t quite say that. I put my money
where my mouth is; If I am against the PNM I am
against the PNM. If I think they are doing wrong,
I will try to get a party to replace them. I was one
of the architects of the NAR, surely I was, I was
also with the ONR, but when a party and a gov-
ernment are going badly for the people, who include
me and my grandchildren, we are part of the peo-
Are you against proposals for party finance
No. No. I agree with party finance reform. I
believe everybody should declare how much money
they put into parties one way or the other, that is
good reform. I have put money into the ONR, the
NAR and PNM at one stage.
Yes. As a matter of fact, I helped support Keith
Rowley when Mr Manning was taking a turn in his
tail. I helped him because I thought the PNM was
going wrong. It was definitely going wrong under
Patrick Manning. But, basically I was approached
to assist in helping in one way or the other, which
I helped. It was nothing too much, but I helped
because I wanted to see a better T&T.
Mr Hadeed, you have a little less than 18 months
to go before the next general election, do you think
you have time to...?
(Anticipating the question, interrupting)
Oh yes, without a doubt...
That you would have the time to...
(Again interrupting, another adjustment of his
tie) Don t even ask that question. I told you don t
task that question. I could tell you right now, the
People s Partnership Government would win the
2015 election. I am sure about that. Positive. Basically
we have coming on stream many programmes, and
those would be articulated to the population over
the next 15 months or so, which we have put in
Finally, Mr Hadeed, have you or any of your
companies benefitted from the PP administra-
Absolutely not, in no form or fashion! Absolutely
not! I can say as a matter of fact, the salary that
I used to get that...I could hardly say that it is...I
mean...I do believe that you ought to pay ministers
better. If you do you would get a better quality of
people coming into the politics.
PM Manning called early elections,
and it is not that the country does-
n t...we have a lot assets, we have a
lot of assets, what the country did
not have was cash flow, and as a busi-
nessman if you do not have cash flow
you are in trouble. You have to start
selling down your assets to pay debts.
So this was part of the PP s prob-
lems in delivering on the promises
during the 2010 election campaign?
That was the start of their problems.
In our manifesto, our first problem
that we encountered was basically in
the manifesto; we promised that we
would give to 65-year-old people, and
we were not able to do it immediately,
simply because the country did not
have the cash. Mr Manning had a
catastrophe on his hands...a number
He had all the unions on his back
for pay increases for their members,
he had all the debts to depositors of
the Hindu Credit Union and the
Clico...billions in both instances, mil-
lions to pay to government contractors.
All of these people and more were
just crowding on top of his shoulders.
With no cash in hand, the easiest way
for him was to call an election which
he knew he would lose!
This Government came in and was
saddled with a cash flow problem; we
never imagined the magnitude of the
debt the then government was owing
to Tom, Dick, and Harrylal. We never
had an iota of the situation until we
got into office, and we do have to give
the incoming PP Finance Minister
Winston Dookeran credit for resus-
citating our economy. How he man-
aged to do that was a miracle, but we
could not have implemented our pro-
grammes early in the administration
because of this financial position.
So we were simply cleaning debts
off the books; billions of outstanding
money. And here it was so ironic. It
took Minister Errol McLeod millions
of dollars to settle 73 wage negotia-
tions that were left hanging since
2004 to now.
So the Government is now only get-
ting into gear, besides all that they
have done so far.
When you look at our PP manifesto
that we produced for the 2013 local
government elections (taking up a
copy from his desk), you will see 2010,
2011, 2012, 2013, and when you go
through this document it is unbeliev-
FACE to FACE from Page A8
Hadeed backs campaign finance reform
..."I believe everybody should declare how
much money they put into parties."
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