heed of proverb, Mr PM
am truly astonished by the report that the Prime Minister will soon
have a luxury jet placed at his disposal by the ever generous public
Imagine that: a Prime Minister who has secured for himself as office
holder a palatial home complete with playroom (read diplomatic centre)
that is the envy of his peers in the region, a fleet of luxury vehicles
to move him from place to place, a generous salary, a secret security
detail a la President Bush, and now, of all things, a jet plane
to whisk him away at a moments notice.
I really wonder what his apologists and others have to say about
this. What does the PNM supporter who is stealing baby milk in the
neighbourhood grocery store and her child father who is weeping
and wailing at the cost of bricks, gravel and steel have to say
about their dear (expensive) PM?
When Panday was in office, he refurbished an office at Whitehall,
the original seat of the Prime Minister, and because of shoddy workmanship,
the PNM said money was stolen.
When two Mercedes-Benzes were bought for the use of the then PM
(Panday), the citizens threw their arms up in a rage. They felt
Panday should have been carried from place to place in the back
of a police jeep.
As a matter of fact, COP supporters still feel Panday should ride
in a police vehicle non-stop (to and from charge rooms, court houses
and the Arouca prison), but their tongues go down their throats
deeply when Mannings jet comes up.
Now the citizens will wave to their PM from their board shacks in
the squatter developments while he sips, cross-legged and reclined,
the finest blends and chats with St Vincent and the Grenadines PM
Ralph Gonzales about the good old days.
Those mortgaging theirs and their childrens lives to repair
modest dwellings at painful expense, planning for their agonising
retirement and slow death at the mercy of inflation (just ask Ewart
Williams) will hear the roar of the engines overhead as he zooms
by, en route to the next Caricom pool party...oops sorry, Caricom
What a travesty on this nation that cannot feed itself. What an
insult to the people who cannot afford private security, because
public security does not have a vehicle to respond.
What a laugh for those people lying on the floor at the San Fernando
General looking to the sky for death to relieve them, but instead
seeing the new baliser jet.
What a stab for the public servants who wince and wail each time
they have to buy basic bread and cheese. Very soon, many will be
putting dry bread and pipe water in their kids lunch kits.
What a slap in the face of the taxpayer, the mortgage holder, the
VAT registrant who thinks that his civic-minded payments to the
national Treasury are being put to good use.
What a good kick for all those single mothers who line up and lower
themselves for a bligh from the URP.
No less than $325 million will be spent to acquire the jet and then
hey presto, some recently formed company will be retained to maintain
the thing at an unprintably obscene fee. And for what? For the nation
to lend it to other Prime Ministers in the region like a PH car.
Prime Ministers have never had it so good since up came lactating
Ah Lord, forgive this man. Warn him, oh good Lord, of the proverb:
What profit is it to man that he has all things in the world
and he loses his soul.
Our esteemed PM has clearly lost his soul.
Please start Mamoral Dam
am appealing to Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert for help.
I have noted that the minister announced with great fanfare the
building of the rapid rail and the overpass.
I live in a flood-prone area and the building of the proposed Mamoral
Dam will alleviate flooding in my area. So I am appealing to Minister
Imbert to start the Mamoral Dam now and help all your fellow citizens
of central Trinidad.
UNC bigwigs all
have noticed in the recent past, publicity stunts by some of the
bigwigs in the UNC to get press coverage.
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj seems to be mortally afraid to make a contribution
in the House and has continued to hide by having press
conferences (when Basdeo Panday is not present) to highlight his
points. At other times he will try to use any loophole in the standing
orders to make inconsequential contributions.
I am totally confused at Ramesh trying to highlight the Gingerbread
House as a national issue. Is he trying to endear himself
to some upper-class section of the community? Why has he and Kelvin
Ramnath not spoken on the Esar steel plant and the destruction of
the mangrove in Point Lisas? Why has Kelvin not spoken in Parliament
as yet? Is he afraid that he may offend his employers and affect
his pension? Has the party moved away from the small man to the
rich and mighty in the North? Does Ramesh feel that will bring votes
to him and the UNC?
Perhaps as the chief whip he must encourage his leader to get away
from using his laptop computer in Parliament and really take on
the inexperienced PNM members. Is it that Basdeo Panday is afraid
of more revelations in Parliament? Ramesh must tell Panday that
he cannot continue to use the press release as a form of meaningful
However, the one man who is not deterred from trying to gain the
spotlight is Jack Warner. Every time Jack gets up to speak in Parliament,
it appears that he has done no research on the bill to be debated
and generally he is ill-prepared.
His contribution to the Advanced Passenger Information Bill was
just as Jacks international travelsall over the place.
Perhaps if Jack cannot do his research he should employ some good
staffers to do his home work and not allow himself to be the joker
in the pack. But then again this is what happens when all the opposition
members try to make papers.
Warner must also realise that his obscene offers to buy everything,
such as footballs, police stations and security firms, will only
put him in the same bracket of the late Bhadase Sagan Maharaj who,
while visiting a primary school, offered to fix the wall of Jericho
when a student could not answer the question as to who broke down
the wall of Jericho.
Manning using step psychology
When Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines,
visited Prime Minister Patrick Manning at the PMs residence,
he had to climb up the steps to where Manning stood, very symbolically,
at the edge of the top step, thus forcing Gonsalves to reach up
to his host and therefore looking much shorter.
I was waiting to see how Manning would receive Gonsalves, and yes
the step psychology was in plan again.
In parts of Africa where I have been, some leaders of rural areas
have their residences built with the doorway so low that the visitor
has to stoop in order to enter.
Please look into attack on widow
year I recalled an article being published in a newspaper about
a recent widow in Diego Martin being relentlessly harassed by neighbours
in the wake of the passing of her husband.
If I remember well, unknown to the neighbours, some men working
on the home served as witnesses to the goings-on in this otherwise
I also remember at the time the writer of the article calling for
some kind of legislation that would allow for the prosecution of
those who saw it fit to throw garbage, car batteries and parts,
and other items in the womans front yardand that was
just for starters.
Fast forward to one year later, and no one has seen it fit to champion
the cause of this kind of hate legislation on the books of this
country to date.
When the neighbourhood watch decides to operate like
terrorists in their own right, doesnt the law-abiding citizen
of T&T deserve some kind of redress and recourse? In the West,
there are many signs declaring the neighbourhood to be under
watch. My six million dollar question is though: who will
guard the guards?
While crime is a genuine concern, what about when members of the
neighbourhood and their associates conveniently engage in criminal
The latest I heard about this woman (who by the way I have been
told has lived in that particular neighbourhood for more than 15
years) is that security arrangements were being made for her. God
help this country!
By the way, I hope none of her neighbours are complaining about
the crime wave, since they should all hang their heads in utter
To the woman, if she is still out there, I hope that you and your
late husband looked elsewhere for your friends, because those poor
excuses for neighbours do not sound as if they deserve one ounce
of anybodys respect.
Tell me who in their right mind would choose to put Krishna, God,
Allah, Buddha, Confucius or Karma out of their mind to deliberately
pursue and harass a widow sitting quietly in her house?
To the authorities, if you do not already know about this matter,
I hope that someone with a conscience decides to deal with it.
To the Government, could you pursue this worthwhile issue in Parliament
for a change?
Focus on being
call to the Government to provide the T&T cricketers with house
and land just because they won a papsie final
has to be a joke and one that will start unnecessary old talk and
I can just imagine if the T&T football team had won the World
Cup what was going to be the call. The demand would have been for
house and land, car, money, free trips and anything else that the
footballers could think of.
Come on, people, concentrate on doing even better and drop the gimme-gimme
attitude once and for all.
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