UNConfidence 2012: The Good, the Bad and the Rowley!

The last time I saw such blatant and flagrant psychophancy by government MPs, Patrick Manning was in power with a young and inexperienced Cabinet filled with what the country generously labelled OJTs. Friday March 2nd, saw Leader of the Opposition Keith Rowley lead a motion of No Confidence in our parliament against the governance and leadership of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. It should come as no surprise to anyone that Rowley's Opposition, outnumbered 2:1 was soundly defeated. It should also come as no surprise to anyone that no one on the Govt benches made an effort to directly answer any of the questions, claims and allegations made against the PM's leadership. But before we go forward...let's re-cap.

The week started with an emergency meeting at PM Kamla's private residence in South Trinidad. Gathered at her gates that Sunday was a crowd of concerned citizens who had a petition requesting that imminent roadworks be diverted so as not to affect them....that was the story given in the Trinidad Express. Dr (by correspondence school) Suruj Rambachan's version of the story indicated that these people weren't protesters, but were actually supporters of the government who had called on them to hold a series of meetings to address the No Confidence Motion. Absent from that Sunday evening meeting was UNC Chairman Jack Warner and COP Leader Prakash Ramadhar. At that meeting Dr Fuad Khan is reported to have called on Rowley to resign as Opposition Leader should the motion fail. Rowley's position as Leader of the PNM would, along with calls for his resignation, become a theme throughout the coming week, almost as if the People's Panchayat didn't have enough leadership issues of its own.

Monday kicked off what can only be described as a circus. It was a virtual media blitz with govt ministers taking to television breakfast shows to remind the population of all of its achievements for the last 21 months. People were reminded that the govt was going to increase NIS, the govt had given school children laptops, the Govt had given pensioners free transportation on buses and ferries (wasn't that the PNM Govt? Was Kamla beginning to confuse herself with Manning too?), the Govt had brought down crime (by imposing a State of Emergency for 107 days during which time serious and petty crimes continued, the economy ground to a halt and after which all 7000+ ppl detained were released and only marijuana, no cocaine was seized...and no traffickers btw), the Govt had increased jobs (the govt has also caused many sectors and industries to lay off people and the ensuing jobs created have not tipped the balance...somehow that didn't make it into Winston Dookeran's speech on Saturday...a misspeak!), the Govt was working hard and the Partnership was stronger than ever.

On the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening of that week the travelling circus began. On all 3 nights airtime was bought on all local television stations except Gayelle...because nobody gives a rats ass about Christopher Laird and local programming (wha's dat?) and the Govt blasted us with its propaganda. Makandal Daaga, Ashworth Jack, David Abdullah and Prakash Ramadhar were trotted out to again pledge allegiance to Queen Kamla and the Fyzabad Accord....and they did so faithfully. Jack Warner, who has been in the doghouse with this Govt since Fifa fired him, pledged undying loyalty to his marriage with PM Persad-Bissessar. For three nights the virtues of Kamla and the People's Panchayat were extolled. See how fair and good our Queen is? See how well she looks after you? See how united and fair a party we are? How can you not have confidence in us?

And as I listened to the rhetoric many answers came to mind: 1. Reshmigate

2. Nizamgate

3. MaryKingGate

4. Petrotrin Contract for Gopaul Gate

5. 0% Growth in the Economy for 3 years

6. Sat Maharaj and Tunapuna Hindu School aka PantyGate

7. Gibbs Gate

9. SoE Gate

10. Assasination Plot Gate

And those are just a random ten...there's still Sasha, attacks on the Media, the fact that the AG has yet to make a note on Calder Hart, the fact that Ish and Steve escaped extradition after the former successful prosecution team was changed under this recent regime.

By Friday it was clear to me that this government wasn't going to take citizen's concerns about Kamla's leadership and its governance seriously. And therein for me lies the problem.

We didn't need a No Confidence Motion by Rowley and the PNM to tell us something is seriously wrong and diseased in the state and that the body politic is corrupt. The newspapers prove it to us daily. Whether you are PNM or PP supporter you can't escape all the obvious details that this is a failed government. The numerous mistakes, missteps, lies, and deceits tell you everything you need to know. The fact that there is still no accountability or transparency in many areas; and that the media has a field day with their incompetence tells you that this is a poor government. I didn't need the week-long circus to tell me that Kamla and her Deck of Jokers would remain unrepentant and lie boldly to the public saying that they were Bigger, Better, Faster Stronger....nor did I need to see the online fracas that took place between supporters from the various parties to tell me that the ethnic divide widens, and both groups of supporters will see only what they wish to see.

What that No Confidence Motion did clarify for me on Friday is this....Trinidad and Tobago has developed a cancer... I don't know if it is treatable....and it is manifested in the type of governance we are seeing under Kamla Persad-Bissessar and what we saw under Patrick Manning. It is a style of governance in which the leader is:

  • Arrogant
  • Untouchable
  • Infallible
  • Messianic

and as a result of these traits feels no need to respond to issues of corruption, transparency, accountability or good governance. Kamla Persad-Bissessar's People's Partnership showed me on Friday March 2nd that they have become the very thing people of this country thought they had voted out...a bloated, diseased, corrupt political system. The crowd of supporters dressed in yellow at the Hyatt Waterfront reminded me of the CEPEP hordes dressed in red that greeted Manning in Woodford Square a few years ago when Panday and Maharaj led their own motion of No Confidence. Then Manning was greeted like a long lost saviour....on Friday members of the Baptist faith rushed to pour blessings on the PM and sang "Stand Up And Tell Me If You Love Kamla". Support for the anointed? What is it about Trinis that makes it possible for them to support foolishness openly, but be afraid to publicly criticise? When the spirit lash come, I hope they ready!

29 members got to their feet and at no point was an effort ever made to say that the citizens of this country had any cause for concern about Kamla's leadership of the country. When faced with the revelation that Reshmi Ramnarine had changed her name and was once again employed on contract with the Government the Prime Minister denied knowledge. This is the issue that kicked off the long stream of scandals the govt has been involved in to date. The PM even gave an interview where she admitted to making a mistake with Ramnarine's appointment and then asked the nation to move on.....how do we move on from this, Madam PM? My issue isn't with Ms Ramnarine's name change...she's entitled to that. But explain to me why I should trust a Prime Minister and a govt that's so corrupt that it would re-hire this young woman after all the scandal surrounding her last appointment and pay her with my tax dollars? Why should I expect you or your government to stop lying to the population when at every turn something new crops up to show that we cannot trust anything that comes out of your mouth? How can I trust a government that is stumbling daily and yet lying to me and saying "I'm not stumbling..I'm not making mistakes...everything's fine." How can I trust a government whose mantra is still Blame the PNM, Blame the PNM, Blame the PNM after 21 months.....when all yuh going to start to work? Madam PM, your inability to come clean with us the people is why I will not have confidence in your diseased and corrupt government!

The one thing that impressed me this week was Rowley's handling of his end of the debate. On Tuesday evening at the St Augustine Senior Comprehensive he promised that the debate would be about issues that were already in the public eye, he merely wanted the public to be better informed and have the details at hand to decide on how they felt about the government. And that's what the PNM did....I don't agree with much of their debate style...too long winded and rambling in many instances, Amery Browne laughs too much while claiming he's really grimacing, Marlene McDonald is informed but loses focus with the crosstalk. But whereas the People's Panchayat stuck to "Deny Everything and Blame the PNM, Blame the PNM Blame the PNM", many PNM members brought valid and valuable information to the Parliament last Friday. The focus brought to bear on National Security issues, the stagnant economy, rampant corruption, questionable trade decisions and general accountability was important.

Unfortunately for The Keith, his supporters were expecting him to do the impossible and not just bring the evidence to Parliament, but Judge and Execute the Govt as well.....Keith can't do that folks...we have to judge and rule on them.

So in the aftermath of what seemed like 30 hours of Pappy Show and a defeat of the Opposition's Motion ask yourself a few questions:

Do you trust this Government led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar?

Do you feel as if this Govt is performing in the best interest of the entire population?

Do you have questions about how responsible, accountable or corrupt this govt is?

Do you really have confidence that this Govt has a way forward planned for the entire country?

De Vice Cyah Done!

Clusterf@$k Flashback: The People's Panchayat and the Media....Tobago Love?

Everybody know what Tobago Love is....you know it...is a love/hate relationship.....plenty cuff and kick throwing, but still it have affection in there. Well it seems the love between the People's Panchayat and the national Media between 2010 and now has gone sour....good good cow milk make dahee, just so!

Let's look at the time line.

May 2010: Minutes after her swearing in the PM is making sure journalists are comfortable....not squashed. She welcomes media scrutiny she says. http://www.newsday.co.tt/politics/0,121474.html

Dec 2010: At a government sponsored media event the love was still strong and the PM announced that it was media's duty to keep the govt in check. http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Kamla__Media_must_keep_Govt_in_check-112696524.html

June 2011: Minister of Insecurity Capt. Gallery Griffith accuses the Media of putting the PM's life at risk (assassination plotgate, anyone?). http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Griffith__Media_putting_Kamla_s_life_at_risk-124242219.html

October 2011: It becomes obvious that the govt is advertising only with media houses that are willing to toe the party line. http://www.tntmirror.com/2011/10/21/kamlas-hypocrisy

Dec 2011: The TnT Mirror along with several other media houses seemed to be getting short shrift from the govt. http://www.tntmirror.com/2011/12/09/kamla-blanks-mirror-again

Dec 2011: Police raid TV6 compound in a startling show of force, 25 officers to seize 1 tape. http://www.guardian.co.tt/police-seize-crime-watch-video-tv6-premises

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/letters/Why_all_those_armed_cops_at_TV6_-136463843.html

Jan - Feb 2012: A new thrust becomes apparent. The police begins raiding media houses and the government claims ignorance and concern over these issues. No one in the government in aware of the raids and why they are taking place.   http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Cops_want_interviews_with_CCN_directors-139065299.html

http://caribflyer.com/carib/newsday-raid-shocks-ag/

Feb 2012: Newsday raided and journalist Andre Bagoo's computer hard drive and cellphones are confiscated. His home is also raided and his laptop confiscated as well. It is believed that Justice Gladys Gafoor, deputy chairperson of the Integrity Commission has leaked info to Bagoo and the police are searching for his source. Mr Bagoo refuses to reveal his source. Interestingly enough the announcement of Ms Gafoor's dismissal and information on the raids came from the Ministry of Foreign  Affairs and Communications, and not the President's office....yet the Govt is denying any knowledge of the raid on Newsday! 

http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,155134.html

http://jyoticommunication.blogspot.com/2012/02/gibbs-must-explain-raid-at-newsday.html

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/GAFOOR_CAUGHT_OFF_GUARD-139065309.html

http://www.newsday.co.tt/editorial/0,155175.html

PlaneGate Trajectory

PlaneGate Trajectory: 1. Opposition asks for explanation and accountability. 2. Barnes say everything above board 3. Media discovers that the plane opposition referring to in June 2011 different from plane brought in by Barnes and company in Jan 2012. 4. Kamla and Sandy deny any knowledge of $.9m plane rental. Say they gave no approval. 5. Gibbs and Ewatski say everything above board. 6. Dhallsingh claims Barnes+Condon stole his business idea, gives interview to Express and I95.5. 7. Gary Griffith, security adviser to PM, admits on CNC3 Early Morning show that he knew about the purchase but felt no need to alert PM and Minister of National Security on matter. 8. AG speaks out and clarifies that COP does not have to account to Govt for how he deploys his budget. 9. It is discovered that the plane tested in June 2011 is not the same plane rented in Jan 2012. There are also discrepancies in the price quoted by govt and price quoted by plane makers.

Considering that it is public funds used for the purchase/rental of this aircraft can the Opposition and the Public not request an explanation on this issue? The Prime Minister as head of the National Security Council didn't know about this why? Did the PM and Sandy not know that Gibbs has full autonomy over his budget and therefore is not answerable to them? Who then is Gibbs answerable to for how he deploys his budget? Why is Gary Griffith the most knowledgeable person about this issue? Why is Gary Griffith still referring to the old Blimp when the current issue is this Govt's accountability, tendering procedures and transparency with public funds? What is the link between Gary Griffith, Jack Ewatski and Dirk Barnes?

Clusterfu$k Update: MURDERS FOR JANUARY 2012

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Dwayne Gibbs, Commissioner of Police; PM Kamla Persad-Bissesar, Head of the National Security Council; Brig. John Sandy, Minister of National Security......clearly successful at solving our national crime problem.

 

MURDERS FOR JANUARY 2012 

1/Lloyd Baptiste 1/1/12 shooting 
2/Allahpuchay 56, 2/1/12 Petrol burning. 
3/Abessia De Four 25. 3/1/12 shooting 
4/Dillon Massy, 20 4/1/12.shooting 
5/Thompson-Cooper, 27. 1/1/12 shooting 
6/Anand Ramkarran 30 5/1/12 shooting 
7/Shazim Hosein. 7/1/12 chopping 
8/Akile Cheston Antonio Simon 7/1/12 shooting. 
9/Renwick Bailey 30. 8/1/12 shooting 
10/Allan "Bobby" Harry, 28, 9/1/12 shooting 
11/Ken Matthias, 40 10/1/12 shooting 
12/Yohan Alexis 10/1/12 shooting 
13/Ravi Ramsaran, 26, 10/1/12 murdered at sea 
14/Kassinath Ramsarran 31, 10/1/12 murdered at sea 
15/Pream Squiries, 45, 10/1/12 murdered at sea 
16/Rakesh "Channas" Ramdhawar 32, 11/1/12 shooting 
17/Wayne Welchers, 12/1/12 shooting 
18/Shaquille Pierre 18,13/1/12 shooting 
19/Robert Neptune 38, 13/1/12, shooting 
20/Yu Quan 22, 13/1/12 , stabbing 
21/ Shaquille Kern Kadeem 18, 14/1/12 shooting 
22/Maurice John Roberts, 27, 16/1/12 shooting 
23/Devon Ballentyne, 32, 16/1/12 shooting 
24/Lincoln Baker, 36, 18/1/12 shooting 
25/Lalchan Bhairosingh, 50, 18/1/2012 shooting 
26/ Godfrey Lamont 52, 19/1/12 shooting 
27/ Ian Wells, 41, 19/1/12 shooting 
28/Andy 'Cuban' Lopez 33, 20/1/12 shooting 
29/Dandell Dougal 27, 20/1/12 shooting (Jan 9th 2012) 
30/Robert Lewis 64, 20/1/12 shooting (Dec16 2011) 
31/Solomon Hem-Lee 57, 20/1/12 chopping 
32/Josiah Governor 6, 20/1/12 Beating 
33/Findley Richard Jobe 39, 21/1/12 shooting. 
34/Tyrone Thomas, 22, 22/1/12 shooting 
35/Isiah Phillip 20, 24/1/12 shooting 
36/Ramlal ‘Kay’ Ramnarine, 37 shooting 
37/Jonathan Sanchez 16, 29/1/12 shooting 
38/Marvin “Sting Ray” Hypolite 37,29/1/12 shooting 
39/Clinton Bussette, 33, 29/1/12 shooting 
40/Aldon Pegus, 35, 29/1/12 shooting 
41/Dwayne Pilgrim, 23, 30/1/12 shooting 

survivers of attempted murder 

1/Simon Waldron, 21 28/1/12 shooting 
2/Matthew Waldon, 20 28/1/12 shooting 
3/Gabriel Waldon, 18 28/1/12 shooting 
4/Zaid Pascal, 17 28/1/12 shooting

Clusterf@$k Flashback: People's Panchayat Political Scandals Countdown.

1. PianoGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/WHERE_S__THE__GRAND_PIANO_-113431284.html

2. ReshmiGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/RESHMI_RESIGNS-114433029.html

3. NizamGate -http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Nizams-appointment-revoked--119196564.html

4. BoxingGate - http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,152934.html

5. Mary KingGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/commentaries/The_Mary_King_lesson-121680804.html

6. SSA and Julie BrownGate - http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2011/02/08/rowley-wants-criminal-probe-ssa-fiasco

7. SashaGate -http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/COPS_WARN_SASHA-124118294.html

8. PNM ScholarshipGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Rowley__EOC_probe_still_ongoing-132287913.html

9. WarnerGate - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/international/8820948/Former-Fifa-vice-president-Jack-Warner-is-caught-on-tape-offering-gifts-of-25000-to-Caribbean-delegates.html

10. SoEGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/BREAKING-NEWS-State-of-Emergency-declared-128160123.html

11. DieselGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/business/Probe_diesel_fuel_bunkering_racket-128054108.html

12.  GibbsGate - http://www.ctntworld.com/LocalArticles.aspx?id=30824

13. BloggerGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Are_UWI_students_paid_to_post_pro-Govt_comments_-131431448.html

14. PantyGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/SAT_BLOCKED_BLACK_CHILDREN-133665408.html

15. ExtraditionGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/No_extradition_for_Ish_and_Steve-133412753.html

16. (THE LAGNIAPPE) Assassination PlotGate - http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/High_Alert-134438523.html

17. Silk Gate - PM and AG award themselves Silk.....become SC.

18. Roots Gate - PM and delegation of 60 go to India.

19. SchoolGate aka PantyGate the Sequel - ASJA PTA blocks Teacher from entering school compound.

Crime Clusterf@$k?Political Pantomime Update 28/12/11:

The AG stars in tonights news. He asking Gibbs for answers on the crime spike (i guess asking Anil out of the question). He appointing a committee to find out why crime does happen And he say another SoE is not being considered ... (who considered the first one...Sweet Genius?) Dooks say he positive about the 2012 economy....we positively screwed! This govt NEEDS an anatomy lesson Ass and elbow doh belong in the same place!AG Ramlogan in African Garb

Empress Kamla's New Clothes

An Emperor who cares for nothing but his appearance and attire hires two tailors who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “just hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects, who play along with the pretense. Suddenly, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.

Crime Clusterf@$k Update Dec 28th/2011:

21 days after SoE ends, murder and crime rate right back up where it started.8 Killed over Christmas Burnt female body found Crime Plan still missing ... 2 murder suspects nabbed Let's see if they will have evidence for a trial Gibbs New Year wish is for less crime My New Year wish is nor No GIBBS or EWARTSKI! The Pigs doing an Illegal Wine on we!

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/wednesday-december-28-2011/rehab-group-links-prisons-officers-contraband-trade http://www.trinidadexpress.com/commentaries/Spinning_around_on_murders-136294248.html