How you think Suruj Rambachan take he coffee this morning after Jack Warner's win as party chairman? Black and bitter?
Well, as I predicted, Jack is Back and is not we say so, is the people say so!
Following a UNC internal election that was fraught with problems: voters being turned away,
Voters not finding their names on the list even though some of them were lifetime members, and an extremely low voter turn out, that not even UNC Elections Chairman Khemchan Ramdath wants to comment on. According to Sampson Nanton, of CNC 3, who was at the Rienzi Complex last night, UNC voter turn out was approximately 13,000; this is from a list of 81,000 registered voters. When questioned about the low turnout, Ramdath quickly corrected Nanton and said he "feel" the number is actually closer to 20,000. That didn't make it better...this is a party that swept to victory in 2010 with hundreds of thousands of people voting for it....it's registered list of voters is 81,000 and barely 20% of its electorate turned out to vote....Are the party members disentchanted? Is it that they didn't know yesterday was the Internal Elections? That can't be...because Herbert Volney text me twice and people from Jack Warner's camp was actually making phone calls...even to PNM members, to come out an vote. So what, pray tell, accounts for the low voter turn out yesterday. And how can the PM claim that yesterday's elections shows democracy when there were all of these flaws and discrepancies?
I can't begin to tell you the concerns this raises for me with the 2015 General Elections about voter turn-out, as well as the transparency of voting lists. Why is it that in an election process that described itself as open, free and fair, so many people couldn't have access to the voting lists? The UNC really needs to check itself, the party's name has become synonymous with corruption, deceit, malpractice, litigation and lots of other generally nasty things. And considering that a significant sector of this country regards the party as the "Indian" party and representative of the "Indian" demographic, by proxy, people are going to associate the party's negative image with its supporters....lemme break it down: If the party corrupt, then its supporters corrupt.....and you know how does generalise in Trinidad and Tobago...If people saying the supporters corrupt it will soon be "all indians corrupt". Watch yourself UNC, you are doing a disservice to your supporters with your questionable activities.
Well, everybody know Marlene Coudray removed herself from the COP this week....a self-ejection that had the politics hot. Word is this morning that new comer Coudray beat Fuad "Card" Khan for the position of 3rd deputy political leader in the UNC internal elections. But that aint even the juiciest piece of Marlene's story....after all that bluster and grand charge from Joseph Toney and Prakash Ramadhar this week; and all the comments about how the "poaching" of party members by the UNC is a dangerous thing etc...and Marlene taunting Prakash to say she is not an egg, she can't be poached (10 pts to Marlene with that inaccurate response to a word whose meaning she unclear on)...is to wake up this morning and find out that is more than the pestle in the mortar and that COP's relationship with Marlene Coudray very complicated and shaky since 2010.
So it appears that Marlene knew precisely what she meant when she told journalists earlier this week that she stopped being an active COP member almost two years now. And Prakash....I don't need to tell you that the current story that bubbling up from through the cracks of your party's information channels smelling bad!
It's been another week of protests in south Trinidad, from Claxton Bay to Mayaro. we had that sterling bit of behaviour from MP Winston Gypsy Peters this week that indicated only too well the People's Panchayat govt's position on political patrimony...we only here to serve our people....not PNM people.....the PM, as ever, was mum on Gypsy's outburst. Her refusal to address any controversial issue head on has become my favourite feature of female leadership. Because whenever I hear any of the feminists defending her cry for "special needs" as a female PM, I think yes, of course....sealant for her lips to avoid explanation or accountability for any and all matters of state that require actual leadership!
The strike at TCL has also taken on a sinister tone, with a lot of violence and each side labelling the other terrorist. Errol of Clan McLeod, aka the Labour Minister, is treading cautiously as mediator of the negotiations. I can almost hear him now...Boromir style: One does not simply intervene between TCL Management and OWTU Protestors!
This week several stories made it's way to the surface:
It is alleged that Kamla used the Govt Visa Travel card to pay for her Machel Monday pumped up kicks..aka $5000 Louis Vs.
It is alleged that Kamla pays almost $2000 daily to have her hair done. It is also alleged that she fired Bally as her hair dresser mere weeks ago because he had become too pricey and has instead hired a Filipino woman to dress her hair. This hair dresser is housed in a hotel at the State's expense. Mind you, the PM's official residence has a hair dressing salon in it....why doesn't the PM just use her hair dresser there? Could it be she doesn't actually live there?
It is printed in the newspaper, that Kamla's sister Vidwattie Newton, who she swears she pays out of her own pocket, received a check from the govt in 2010 that Nicole Dyer is now claiming is a per diem for travelling with her sister on some trip or the other. The PNM has promised to keep the heat on the matter.
It is alleged that Vidwattie Newton, 2 sons and 1 other nephew live at the PM's official residence while the PM herself lives at her private home in Phillipines.
It has been stated categorically by Minister of Foreign Affairs, sew...Suruj Rambachan that the PM's use of state funds to look after her family, and her use of not one, but two residences, is actually as a result of values she acquired from growing up in an extended family and therefore, we should be happy, and stop criticising the PM because in practising nepotism and abuse of state funds the PM is in fact an exemplar of good family values.
It is now alleged that an elevator that was purshased by the state to be installed in an HDC building has been deployed to another State building, the PM's official residence. There will now be another elevator in the PM's residence to allow her to get to her bedroom more comfortably.
This PM has surpassed Patrick Manning for her open abuse of public funds. To date the lavishness of the PM's official residence is what can be pinned on Manning...and his defence is a simple one...it belongs to the State. How does the Kamla justify leaving her family to live at the state's expense and then having taxpayers support the upkeep, security and maintenance of a second home? And all of this money is being squandered during harsh economic times....so the the average Trinbagonian who ketching dey arse to make ends meet, gets to hear about the PM and her friends and family, living it up!
Kamla has gone quickly from being a breath of fresh air, and symbol of new politics to smelling like something decayed and stale. She is colonial politics dressed up in expensive clothes, hair and make-up and made to look modern. But the citizens know the difference....that's what accounts for the low voter turnout even from her support base and the daily criticism from her objectors and opposition.
And in the manner of all foolish leaders in this country Kamla has now become a joke to be parodied around the internet in various jokes and memes....and at this rate....she's going to be a historical footnote in our political history come 2015.
In other news, the murder toll is now 86 murders for the year thus far. TSTT CEO resigns under protests and West Indies beating Australia in One Day games...it could only be 2012 folks.
Have a great week!
DE VICE CYAH DONE!