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Its rather interesting to see our politicians now running
around like chickens with their heads cut off as they react
to the results of various polls before the national polls,
due to come on later this year.
Of course, what makes the entire mix more interesting is the
recent defeat suffered at the Jamaican elections by Sister
Portia, even as she ranted and raved and stomped her feet
in anger and railed against everyone and everything while
being ushered out of the Prime Ministers office.
The reality is that politics can be a cruel and unforgiving
game for some, and at the end of the day, it matters not what
the early predictions and opinion polls say.
Here in T&T, we have had our own Jamaican poll, which
is causing as much furore as Portias recent Waterloo.
This one, however, has been done by the firm of Johnson Survey
Ltd of Jamaica and reportedly commissioned by our very own
Now, let it be said that it is indeed a good move and an innovation
in political party introspection for the Prime Minister to
have requested this poll. The results of the poll have not
been very flattering to some of his MPs and ministers, himself
included, and it is causing a rumbling and a tumbling within
the bowels of the party as the intestines and internal organs
of that great behemoth move to expel waste matter and detritus
from the PNM.
Caught up in this sewage stream are a few party stalwarts
who are battling in a tide of excrement as they try to swim
upstream to keep their positions and to once again find favour
with the party hierarchy.
Prime Ministers of this country need to make this sort of
thing an annual exercise, so that the public does not have
to suffer with poor representation for a whole five years
and then have their Members of Parliament rushing out into
the streets to press flesh and kiss babies at the eleventh
hour just before the election bell tolls.
Lets have this at the end of every year and lets
put the brakes on errant MPs at an early stage and prevent
them from getting so much out of control as a Dhanraj.
The poll results also come out strongly in favour of Diane
Seukeran and unfavourably in respect of Mr Mannings
performance as a Prime Minister. Is the party going to take
these items into consideration also? In other words, if we
are commissioning a poll and accepting its results, then we
are to be also prepared to act on the results and make improvements
or positive changes, or is it going to be another Ryder Scott
situation where we commission a survey and then when we do
not like the survey results we seek to demean and tarnish
the name and methodology of the surveyor?
Ken Valley has also thrown his not inconsiderable weight into
the ring in a WWF Monday Night Raw-type of showdown as he
seeks to put the party hierarchy in a headlock as he attempts
to be among the head count for the national poll positions.
Eddie seems to no longer have any Hart for the job and never
having had much brain for it either, it may be a no brainer
for him to be going. Boynes has rather cleverly and politely
declined to even be part of the fray and in this regard, he
may be smarter than most, while Camille seems to have the
results of the poll hanging like an axe over her head, with
credit card hairpieces and all.
Jarette seems to be bowing out quietly while Eudine Job-Davis
is allegedly putting up a spirited fight to retain her place
in Tobago East.
This must all be very amusing and interesting for Mr Manning
to see his MPs fighting and scrambling around like children
in a schoolyard tussle to see who gets more marbles.
It is actually a good indicator of the character and nature
of some of the MPs, because for some of them, this is the
liveliest and most vocal that their constituents have ever
seen them in years. In fact, some communities which may not
have ever realised that they had an MP at all may now be seeing
and hearing from them for the first time.
Is this really the quality and nature of representation we
want to continue to get from our parliamentary representatives
for the next five years and into the future? And it is not
limited to the PNM alone. The UNC and COP members for the
most part have been no better, and it is indeed time for the
citizens of this country to demand new standards and a new
culture in terms of political representation and for meeting
the needs of the population.
The poll, albeit late in the day, is a very good start Mr
Manning but we must do more than just take a poll, we must
be prepared to make positive changes and improvements based
thereupon because whether we like it or not change is coming
and like Sister Portia, some may leave it too late to make
that adjustment and thus end up at General Elections, as being
victims of a poll position.