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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, February 15, 2014
Despite the warm Valentines
Day atmosphere at yesterday s
Parliament, PNM MP Colm
Imbert seemed to have expected
the picong he received when he
filled in for absent PNM whip
Marlene McDonald yesterday.
"Very funny," Imbert remarked
to jokes about his "promotion.
"Is just more work for me," he
"What slate you on?" asked
PP s Anil Roberts, sparking an
exchange punctured by chuckles.
PNM s internal election pitting
incumbent leader Keith Rowley
against Women s League head
Pennelope Beckles-Robinson is
likely to be inevitable Parliament
picong fodder up to when it s
held May 18.
Party leadership set the elec-
tion date which follows Rowley s
string of election successes
which strengthens his moral
authority and profile, one of his
camp s main themes. The elec-
tion will produce a leader a year
away from general elections, by
which time PNMites hope inter-
nal election tensions dissipate.
While incumbent supporters
hope to stave off division, Tues-
day s terminology by PNM PRO
Faris Al Rawi concerning the
"Rowley faction" however, car-
ries connotations of separation,
Support for Rowley comes
from Port-of-Spain North and
South, central divisions, Pointe-
a-Pierre, senators and some
incumbents elected under his
tenure. On Thursday MPs Mar-
lene McDonald, Terrence
Deyalsingh, Fitzgerald Jeffrey and
Pat McIntosh confirmed support
for him. PNM sources said he s
assured of support from the
majority of the 13 MPs.
MP Nielung Hypolite, howev-
er, who was blanked by Rowley s
slate for the Youth officer (Male)
post he holds says Rowley s
choice of Fitzgerald Hinds for
YOM "shows the style of lead-
ership in the PNM at this time."
Hypolite who d said Monday
he was defending the post,
attended Tuesday s Couva meet-
ing held in support of the Row-
ley camp---only to hear Hinds
was chosen. He s declined com-
ment on whether he d heed
Beckles lobby for support
Hypolite said it was hinted
since last November that Hinds
was in the running for the YOM
and feels he may be selected to
replace him in Laventille West
for general polls. Hypolite
added, "But members such as
Avinash Singh might have been
considered for YOM to attract
more nontraditional supporters.
We can t run the party or
attract people the way we used
to or by keeping friends
Coming from behind, Beckles
first meeting in Mayaro---a seat
PNM doesn t hold---attracted
205 people. Her team rolls corri-
dorwards next, an area where
she s said to have support.
At Wednesday s briefing, while
her revamped outfitting and
firm tones acknowledged her
bid, it remains to be seen how
well her tenure on the political
landscape matches up to Row-
ley s especially among PNM s
tradition of supporting leaders.
Changes however crept in after
2010 when former leader Patrick
Manning was pressed to leave
after offering to stay temporarily
until PNM settled down after
PP s election victory.
It remains to be seen how
Rowley s one man/one vote sys-
tem will aid or affect contenders
especially considering Beckles
complaints about unavailability
of registration forms. That and
related issues may arise at
today s General Council.
The Heliconia youth unit
mandated by the leadership last
year to swell PNM s ranks may
also play a part, while eyes are
on possible fragmentation in the
Women s League which Beckles
commands to see how much the
unit might fragment between
PNM s culture of supporting
the leader will play as great a
role in the poll as contenders
management style and the cred-
ibility of people on their respec-
tive slates. How much Rowley s
commanding style will help or
hurt him remains to unfold, as
is the effect on Beckles from the
perception of control by the
TnT United group and others
With PNM in "battle," the
UNC has made good on the
opportunity to build, telegraph-
ing intent for the Corridor with
installation of officer in St
Joseph rather than at its usual
Central base. This, in prepara-
tion for UNC s internal election
expected by the first half of
UNC officials said three US
and Canadian teams visited T&T
in the last six months to
rebrand the PP/UNC s image
and the Prime Minister s. A
National campaign manager has
been appointed and Prime Min-
isterial schedules have been
expanded to National Conversa-
tions and "surprise visits" with
PNM BATTLING, UNC BUILDING...
Congratulations to messrs Ramchar-
itar and Mouttet for bringing the exces-
sive spending at Carnival by the
Government to the attention of all and
sundry, but the question remains, will it
make a difference?
Successive parties have done this for
years to gain votes at election time.
Can we say with any degree of confi-
dence that the politicians really care
about anything other than staying in
There's no need to look to the past
to recognise that the private sector
makes money on these occasions. Just
ask any of the big band organisers if
they continue to bring out bands year
after year just for the enjoyment of all.
Do the participants ever consider
what they get for their money? They
buy their costume and then spend an-
other couple hundred dollars modifying
it to suit themselves.
What is required is to get into the
schools and teach economics and
money management. This is not a
short term plan but eventually our na-
tion will come to recognise that we are
Nation must learn value of money
Carnival is bacchanal.
This is the season of "rolly polly"
women, no disrespect meant. All of us
are beautiful in our own way.
If all of us were the same what a
dull, uninspiring world it would be. One
man's meat is another man's poison.
To all plus-size women out there, we
love you all.
In the early 1900s portly women
were considered very attractive. The
correct term is voluptuous. A definite
case of "more meat than rice."
Notice the personality of these
women---exceptional. "Big people'" are
very easy to deal with.
This development was as a result of
a perceived deficiency in another area.
A kind of "ugly duckling syndrome", a
make-up for a shortcoming. Always re-
member plump chicks need love too.
I want a fat woman because bone is
for dogs and meat is for man.
Rolly polly, you rock, you go girls!
You rock, 'rolly polly' girls!
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