If no one else from Election 2010 has thoroughly disgusted me, it is Prakash Ramadhar. You see, from day 1 of the COP campaign I said to people that it was obvious that Ramadhar was the party's heir apparent. I thought him to be a principled and intelligent man. All the people I met who were actively involved with COP strategising and campaigning agreed that he was. So to watch his trajectory over the last 2.5 years is for me a good example of how a political wolf can assume sheep clothing. And the thing is, Ramadhar continues to wear the sheep clothing because many angry COP members see him as balls-less, but really what they need to think about is his agenda. If Ramadhar's goal was really new politics and defending democracy, then his approach is ballsless. His inability to take a principled stance and walk away from the corrupt partnership makes him weak. But if you look closely at Ramadhar you will see that he has actually taken a firm stance on issues and isn't ballsless at all. In fact, I willing to bet that he have more balls than a gorilla.
You see Ramadhar has managed the hoax of the century. He has managed to convince all and sundry that his motives in this coalition government are pure and above board...even with all the evidence to show otherwise. Ramadhar has managed, despite all of his missteps and misspeaks to keep COP members and even non-members convinced that 1. The COP is a party that actually exists and 2. The COP has principles.
But let's look a little closer. Ramadhar, was formerly a UNC supporter, he left the party and joined the COP to offer the country new politics. Let's see what new politics he has offered us thus far:
Accountability - No
Transparency - No
End to Nepotism - No
End to Corruption - No
End to abuses of State Funds - No
Instead in the COP's entire term in government they have played a very strategic game of supporting the UNC and seeking their own interests. Despite Ramadhar's ovbious involvement in the debacle that is Section 34, there was never any threat of him losing his ministerial position. And to ensure that he continues to look squaeky clean Ramadhar leapt to give an apology to the nation for being a a part of the conspiracy to release Ish and Steve. That's all his apology was. While the LRC may not have seen the amended S34, wouldn't the COP have been part of the cabinet that approved its early proclamation? Study yuh head good.
Even in the case of the MayorGate, Ramadhar's main concern was how to safeguard his party's interests in the face of Marlene Coudray's defection. He kept the mayorship and got a few more Ministerial position in the eventual Cabinet Reshuffle.
And these days Ramadhar is busy making sure that his home boys eat ah food. Larry Howai announced he was hiring a new lawyers for the state's case against Clico. Among the newly appointed lawyers are Jagdeo Singh and COP Chairman Joseph Toney. The story barely gets time to go warm than Ramadhar gives his stamp of approval. And it is a crucial stamp of approval, because Ramadhar thinks that the COP still appears squeaky clean to the population. So him approving it means it's ok, is not a case of political patrimony....but when you start digging up online, some some of my FB friends are prone to doing you stumble upon interesting archived stories about lawyers like Jagdeo Singh who has a pretty colourful past. And is back to continue to reap rewards.
Both Toney and Singh are colleagues of Ramadhar.
Why is it every rock we look under has some past member of this government who has been involved in nefarious activities?
There are people who still think they can trust Ramadhar and the failed COP....time to think again!
De Vice Cyah Done!