of political bololees
Percy L Cezair
If there was any doubt, it has now been totally dispelled.
The people of T&T are the number one political bobolees
on the planet. At least the Jack Warner/Basdeo Panday element
in the UNC is trying very hard to establish and ensure the
maintenance of that reputation.
How else can one describe the recent scenario surrounding
the duos delve into the past in order to invite the
public to witness what they insist is a united effort to remove
the PNM from office? The exhumation of dead political bodies
which that same political party and the people of T&T
have in the past rejected and buried?
It could hardly be anything but a mirage: Nizam Mohammed,
Rupert Griffith, Ramesh Maharaj, Mervin Assam and Trevor Sudama
dutifully responding to a call. Why and for what purpose?
You cannot put lipstick on a pig.
Either there is active contempt for the intelligence and opinions
of the people or a belief that there is absolutely no such
thing, as Mr Panday has often repeated, as morality in T&T
The fact is morality or its opposite is not a matter of politics.
It is confined to those who practise it or behave in a moral
or immoral manner as it affects everything.
A man is either good, bad or evil, moral or immoral. How he
practices his politics can emerge either way.
He cannot then blame his behaviour on some abstract principle
and in seeking to lead a country there cannot be any shades
of either good or evil. You are either in one or the next.
Manipulation of the system or the electorate is on the side
of evil not good.
If you either consciously adopt or even misunderstand this
simple equation then you are under the influence of either
power, arrogance or isolation.
No country, no state, has ever survived in history on the
basis of evil and immorality. And T&T will not either,
if it continues to accept such ideas and political shenanigans.
Every institution in this country is today at the bottom of
the standard required.
Political polls show the countrys leadership at all
levels at the bottom rung of the ladder.
The judiciary is fast following suit. We have a police service
we couldnt give away to another country for free. The
Central Bank has been skating with incapability while too
many in the business community are regarded by the population
as a showcase of greed and rapaciousness.
All of which may sound as a very cynical and negative assessment
of the country and its future. Maybe so, but unfortunately
this is the reality.
And when old fogeys whose names have been mentioned earlier
turn up from some ghost political village, one wonders how
negative a picture can be painted.
No one expects, having done without it for so long, that the
majority of the countrys politicians will suddenly become
paragons of virtue or become imbued with the same hoped-for
consistent blend of honesty, reliability and integrity, all
mandatory elements of leadership whether existing or capable
And while it is true that T&T can be labelled a superficial
culture which generally focuses on money, fete and ostentatious
living while swimming in a sea of poverty, and is a nation
which cannot afford the Governments spending habits,
self respect must at least remain a prime requirement for
those who seek to govern the country.
Politics is expected to be a vocation, applied with a sense
of duty. In T&T today it is too often about men who spend
all of their time fighting with one another for personal interests.
Politicians have demons and in this country they are their
personalities and the changes they go through.
In the case of the countrys judiciary, it appears that
the simple principle that a judge must not and cannot listen
to his or her own personal views is far from being commonly
understood or practised.
But power is not always visible. Sometimes it hides its face
behind frivolity and prevarication and that is where it is
far more dangerous.
But in all this, where are the people? Granted that the country
is split politically between two major ethnic groups and the
Parliament clearly reflects that division, there must be some
semblance of frustration and anger among supporters when the
basis of that support is taken for granted and therefore insulted
and ignored on a consistent basis.
Surely within ones own community there is the opportunity
for choice and demand for better quality representation.
The biggest problem affecting T&T politics is the political
leader disease. Totally forgotten is that the reason
for the existence of political parties and government is to
serve the people and the country. Any leader who forgets that
and serves himself must go down pretty fast.