Ever since the last Motion of No Confidence wherein Keith Rowley revealed the possibility of an exchange of emails between 3 senior government officials and their favourite lap dog, Kamla's Fete Match Side has been in Distract and Discredit Mode.....going at Full Dotish pace too.
The discovery that Rowley and chairman of the IC had a twenty-minute meeting at Gordon's private home to discuss whether or not Emailgate was a matter before the IC has played itself nicely into the government's hands as yet another tool to discredit the validity of the alleged e-mails; and now, to discredit the IC and perhaps avoid going the route of an independent investigation. And while they aren't in the wrong to question the occurrence of the meeting, the irony of this government querying private meetings is too rich. And it's so obvious that their tactic will now be to use this meeting to avoid what the public and Opposition has been clamouring for: an independent investigation.
It didn't take the AG more than a hot minute after Roodal Moonilal's announcement of the
meeting in Parliament - complete with side (and snide) comments from the PM egging him on - to imply that Chairman Ken Gordon was compromised. And if you have followed the fate of this Integrity Commission it is always mired in mud and controversy....from inception. The Government knows well that the country has little faith in it; and further that UNC supporters will use any excuse to blame and label anyone and anything as PNM.....and so, a private meeting about a public matter between the Opposition Leader and the chairman of the IC takes on a particularly questionable face.
You would think that seasoned men and politicians like Rowley and Gordon would be incapable of what is obviously a very rookie move. You'd also think that Rowley, fully aware of how the last Prime Minister shot himself in the foot would avoid moves that so remind one of Patrick Manning for its abject carelessness. You would think too that Rowley by now would realise that because he is a very black Tobagonian (yes, I said it...there is a lot of colour prejudice involved here where Rowley is concerned) he is always held up to a different and much higher standard by both PNM supporters and the rest of the country.
It is unfortunate, but that is the truth of it.
1. Cabinet Meetings are held in the Prime Ministers home regularly.
2. The last emergency meeting to determine what happened to a Government Minister and MP was held in the Prime Minister's home.
3. The State of Emergency was announced from the PM's private home.
4. Budgets announcements are made from UNC political rally stages
5. The Prime Minister - a public official - works from her home and keeps sensitive and important public material there.
For the last 3 years protocol and good sense have been tossed to the wind, and because there is no Constitutional law that prevents it, the Prime Minister has gotten away with administrative murder.
Mind you, Gordon and the IC ensured there was an aide memoire that recorded the meeting. I wonder if we ever get minutes of Kamla's private Cabinet meetings?
The AG's hounding of the Integrity Commission's Chairman today will have an impact on Emailgate. Two days ago the AG announced rather loudly that he was recusing himself from Emailgate. He was handing over the investigation to the Central Authority, a body that falls within his Office of the Attorney General and headed by Netram Kowlessar. The AG has pointed out that the Central Authority is independent. My concern now is how independent is Kowlessar: a man who first shot to public attention as a member of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad in 2002, thereafter became a defence attorney and after a handful of cases was appointed by this regime as the head of the Central Authority. I'm concerned. I hope in his case it was merit and not cronyism that got him the job.
Having now raised questions about the integrity of Ken Gordon and the independence of the Commission itself, I feel quite certain that any call for an independent investigation into Emailgate by an Integrity Commission will be shot down by the AG and his government using this meeting as the reason.
I continue to maintain that the only thing that will lay Emailgate to rest is an independent investigation that allows us to get at DIGITAL files......but in the meantime we do have a by-election in Chaguanas West to entertain and distract us, not so?
De Vice Cyah Done!