Racial politics is UNCs culture
commentators often say that racial politics and voting
are the culture of our country. It is true, but none of
them is prepared to admit that 99.9 per cent of the racial
appeal comes from platforms of the UNC, be it in government
or in oppositionmore so in opposition.
Unfortunately, it will be like this for a long time unless
there is a new breed of politicians with a different ideology
on politics in the UNC.
It will be extremely difficult for me (as a black man)
to ever support the UNC in any election, when the language
spoken on most occasions gives the impression that it
is a party for Indians, first and foremost, while they
speak of unity in a different language. Of which unity
do they speakIndian unity?
Unless they carry their supporters in droves to places
like Laventille, Diego Martin and where they do not have
a strong support base, they will never speak the same
language they speak in Couva and Chaguanas.
It is no accident that their meetings to discuss the jailing
of Basdeo Panday and the Chief Justice issue were held
in their stronghold. They wickedly and maliciously made
it seem that these men were targeted because
of their racethis in an effort to create an emotional
state in the minds of their supporters. Even Ramesh in
his forgive me, I love you tabanca speech
claimed that Naryansingh was also a racial target.
Jack Warner is also foolishly contributing to this nastiness
by stating at a recent political meeting: No one
thought that there would be a Chief Justice with a name
like Sat Sharma. Your role was to brush-cut grass by the
roadside and sell doubles. Obviously feeding the
masses with the type of food they will want
to consume and pretending he doesnt know that the
Chief Justice was appointed by Patrick Manning.
In a previous meeting following the sentencing of Panday,
Warner told his gathering that Indians are being discriminated
against in reference to Pandays jailing, as if Panday
being Indian makes him invincible.
Not surprising, Indian Arrival Day celebrations were again
used as the platform to preach racial politics. This time
it was Kamlas turn in her new role as Opposition
Leader. She did so, following in the shadow of her still
beloved leader Panday, who once used this same occasion
as Opposition Leader to embarrass the present Prime Minister
in the presence of Indian delegates by claiming that certain
Indians in the PNM sold out their birth-right for a wig,
jacket and tie and a mess of pottage.
The word culture is an extension of the word cult and
they both go hand in hand in the UNC because that is the
image being portrayed. That is why they continuously cry
wolf, claiming that they are being discriminated
against, marginalised, treated as second-class, under
attack. They also remind their followers of the blood,
sweat and tears of their forefathers.
All this is said before a people who believe, but they
surely arent saying it for Jack, Wade, Gypsy and
the other disciples like them in the UNC.
It is a fact that none of this type of language is practised
on PNM platforms despite the commentators attempt
to generalise it as being the political culture of this
country. They just dont have the guts to call a
spade a spade and this is why I make absolutely no apology
for supporting a political party that is healthy, stable,
organised, professional, genuinely united and inclusive
of all races.
High speed, low service
was so disappointed with TSTT on June 6. I wanted to set
up high-speed Internet access and went into the Arima
branch to conduct the transaction after speaking to a
TSTT representative over the phone.
The first phase was to test my phone line to see if a
connection was possible and I was told a few days later
by the TSTT personnel in Arima that it was. So set in
motion was a chain of events that led me to nearly scream
at the incompetence of the staff.
You know what, my phone line could not take the connection.
So after calling me in to pay for the service, collect
the modem and then delay the activation for
14 days longer than they said it would take, the technical
assistant on the phone on June 5 pointed out to me, after
I called pissed off that the service was still
not working, that my house is 39,000 feet away from the
nearest exchange whereas in order to achieve a connection
my house had to be within 18,000 feet.
I was ready to cuss. So what they were telling me was
that an engineer with TSTT, getting paid God knows how
much, thought 39,000 was less than 18,000 and subsequently
decided I qualified?
The person I spoke to at the branch actually had the nerve
to give me attitude when I returned the modem and demanded
a refund. And this was what disappointed me. Yes they
were wrong. But to be wrong and strong? That was absolutely
despicable. I was so let down.
I actually wanted to give our local telecommunications
provider the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to believe
that I could count on its service. But instead I felt
let-down, insulted and disgusted.
UNC hit by spirit lash?
see the UNC is calling down fire and brimstone on the
Speaker of the House of Representatives over his cautioning
of the Leader of the Opposition two Fridays ago.
If I am to understand the UNC clearly, it has expressed
profound horror at the Speakers attempt
to muzzle the UNC. The Opposition party calls
the Speaker an unapologetic agent of the ruling
Is there no end to the UNC trying to make complete fools
of the people of this country? All I am left to wonder
is if the UNC has been hit by a malevolent spirit
lash that is making idiots out of big men and women.
Where was the UNCs failing maco-metre when the nation
was expressing profound horror at clear attempts
by the UNC cabal to destroy the UNC? Where were all these
heroic proclamations when the nation started expressing
anger over the UNCs attempts to muzzle
its own political leader?
And how, pray tell, can the UNC executive dare to condemn
anyone as an agent of the PNM when the executive
recently met to illegally grant membership to Ramesh Lawrence
Maharaj, who some call the PNMs chief negotiator?
Perhaps the one sensible thing Basdeo Panday ever said
was in 2001 when, in reference to Ramesh, Ralph and Trevor,
he told supporters: They will have to live in the
Indeed, when the nation becomes fully aware of the real
intentions of Ramesh and others, they may all have to
seek refuge in the sky because passive as Trinidadians/Tobagonians
are, and short memories though we may have, no one will
ever forget the wholesale surrender of the UNC executive
to the PNM!
Swift justice in Subway robbery
letter is to recognise the diligent and impressive police
work exhibited by the members of the Arima Police Station,
and particularly Det Cpl Raymond Emmanuel, in handling
the recently publicised robbery that occurred at the Subway
Restaurants branch in Arima.
In a time where the police service is easily and often
criticised for a variety of reasons, sometimes justified
and I am sure at times not, I was left genuinely encouraged
and impressed by the tenacity and professionalism shown
by Emmanuel in quickly solving the robbery.
What began with a report on a Friday saw the detective
relentlessly pursue the matter throughout the next 72
hours to bring it to conclusion in the Arima Magistrates
Court the following Monday.
Thanks to the police efforts and the decisive rulings
of the court, the wheels of justice turned with remarkable
swiftness in this instance.
Our company is genuinely grateful to all involved, particularly
Emmanuel. Thank you.
No religious significance?
anyone was in doubt as to whether the Trinity Cross was
discriminatory or not, one had only to look at the reaction
of those so-called Christians to the decision to remove
the Trinity Cross as the countrys highest national
Some people, playing smart with foolishness, were claiming
that the Trinity Cross had no religious significance since
the cross pre-dated Christ.
So if there was no religious significance, why would an
Anglican priest call its removal a sin? Why
would another so-called Christian leader protest the removal
of the symbol of my religion?
Apparently there are Christians and there are followers
I sincerely believe that Christ himself would have been
one of those clamouring for the removal of the Trinity