Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 14th 2014 Contents Yesterday, the Sunday
Guardian reported that
Basdeo Panday is thinking
about forming his own political
party if the UNC internal elec-
tions are not "free and fair".
He continues to maintain that
the January 2010 UNC internal
elections were "stolen". That
was the election where he was
defeated by Kamla Persad-
Bissessar to become political
leader. Coincidentally, it was the
same election at which Jack
Warner was elected chairman.
There has not been any com-
ment by Warner to say that the
election that brought him to
power as UNC chairman in Jan-
uary 2010 was "stolen", howev-
er, Warner is now expressing an
interest in exploring a possible
alliance with Panday if he were
to form his own party.
Interestingly, on the same
page with the Panday story
regarding the formation of his
own political party, there was
another story about Barrington
"Skippy" Thomas planning to
hold a public meeting to "tell
all" about the dismissal of for-
mer Minister Glenn Ramadhars-
ingh. Thomas has continued to
hold his job as adviser to the
Minister even though there has
been a change of Minister.
However, the report indicates
that he plans to invite ILP
political leader Jack Warner,
former Prime Minister Basdeo
Panday and former Attorney
General Ramesh Lawrence
Maharaj to mount his platform.
As the UNC regional co-ordi-
nator for Tobago, Thomas
seems to be making a political
move of his own ahead of the
internal elections in the UNC.
As the party gets ready to
celebrate its twenty-fifth
anniversary later this month,
the fact that its founding leader
is talking about a political
comeback of his own is signifi-
cant. Additionally, one wonders
whether Thomas is playing a
facilitative role in all of this to
bring Panday, Warner and
Maharaj together to find an
alternative political vehicle to
try to topple the current UNC
political leader Prime Minister
Warner already made his
break with the UNC last year.
Panday and Maharaj have not
had anything complimentary to
say about Persad-Bissessar ever
since she defeated them back in
January 2010 for leadership of
the UNC. Thomas seems to be
making a choice between his
current role in the party and his
current job, on the one hand,
and his future political aspira-
tions on the other. The general
public, far less the UNC elec-
torate, are very familiar with
the history of make-ups and
break-ups between Panday,
Maharaj and Warner. There is
no need to repeat them here,
while Thomas has been around
UNC politics long enough, both
in opposition and in govern-
ment, to recall these events.
The stability of the govern-
ment at the moment is meas-
ured by the fact that none of
its MPs in the House of Repre-
sentatives have decided to turn
rogue on it. Both former Minis-
ters Sharma and Ramadharsingh
still support their leader, while
only Jack Warner turned against
his former party.
It will interesting to see what
stand will be taken by Messrs.
Sharma and Ramadharsingh on
this new move by Thomas.
Old forces, new alignments
The stability of the government at the moment is measured by the fact that
none of its MPs in the House of Representatives have decided to turn rogue on it.
Both former Ministers Sharma and Ramadharsingh still support their leader, while
only Jack Warner turned against his former party.
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She was a police officer in a low
paying job who wanted a better life for
herself and her children.
Her premeditated decision to turn to
drugs to earn extra cash landed her in
Her Majesty's Prisons Dodds.
But today, former police constable
Alison Louis is a changed woman who
lives with regret and with the task of
still having to face her children since her
release from prison last January.
In an exclusive interview with the
SUNDAY SUN last week, the attractive
46-year-old lamented: "I regret messing
up but I cannot undo what I've done. I
wish I could turn back time but I cannot.
Yes, I regret not being a police officer
but I believe I can still look forward to a
This new life includes marriage for
this St Vincent-born, Barbadian citizen
who was released from Dodds on
January 15 after serving two years (18
months) for drug trafficking. Hers was
not a lifestyle of drugs, but a chance
that she took to improve her lifestyle.
Fearless, and armed with three kilos
of cocaine, she boarded a plane but
never made it to the immigration desk.
Instead, she was readily identified by
an immigration officer and pulled from
the line of visitors waiting to be
"I believe the person I was coming to
meet set me up because he was told I
was a police officer. I never knew who
"When I was held I told myself it was
for a reason. I said God does not want
this lifestyle for me and if it has to go
down like this, then it will."
Louis, now a born-again believer,
became the first female Vincentian
police officer to be charged with drug
trafficking. The drugs were estimated
at a street value of BDS$55,000.
Louis' advice to those looking for
quick money is: "You can make 15, 20 or
40 grand in five minutes, but there is a
price to pay. Drugs is not the answer. It
is a gamble.
Sound Off: Ex-cop regrets drug run
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