day of shame, disgrace
If we do not exercise greater vigilance we could wake
up one morning and find our democratic way of life has
been brutally snatched from us.
Manning had nothing to worry about except his ego.
I would find it difficult to believe anything this administration
has to say from now on.
Opposition may have lost the no-confidence vote
in Prime Minister Patrick Manning, but a dispassionate assessment
of Fridays disgraceful events outside the Parliament
told an even more frightening and poignant story.
That is, if we as citizens do not exercise greater vigilance
we could wake up one morning and find our democratic way
of life has been brutally snatched from us.
At that time we would have nobody but ourselves to thank
because we failed to take preventive action at the right
I never thought I would have had to express such misgivings
about our Prime Minister, but as they say, to be forewarned
is to be forearmed.
Let me briefly recount the scenario leading up to Shameful
Friday, a day that I pray we would never be subjected
The Opposition filed a motion of no confidence in Mr Manning,
a perfectly legitimate process in our democratic system
Manning had nothing to worry about except his ego, which
is not the nations business.
Neither was it a sinister plot as the PNM sycophants and
Mr Manning would have the misinformed in our midst believe.
A few days before the debate was due to begin, the nation
found out that PNMites were coming in their droves to Woodford
Square in a show of support and solidarity with their beloved
In the build-up to last Friday several top officials of
the PNM, including its public relations officer Jerry Narace,
vehemently denied the party had anything to do with this
supposedly spontaneous show of affection for Manning.
At that time and including on Shameful Friday
itself, all the PNM top brass were shamelessly still maintaining
the party was not behind the event.
Of course not even the most stupid among us were fooled
and knew fully that the level of professionalism and sophistication
which went into preparing the venue was not the work of
these supporters, who were almost exclusively Cepep and
Now that it has been established they were cajoled, coerced,
and maybe threatened to come into town or else they would
lose their jobs did not organise the mob-like occasion,
a very pertinent question arises.
Why did these PNM senior people think it fit to so brazenly
and shamelessly conceal the truth from the entire nation?
I mean it isnt like they were committing a criminal
offence by arranging that bacchanal to curry-favour with
If these people could get on radio, television and the press
and be such strangers to the truth on a matter of such infinitesimal
importance, one wonders now how can we believe them in the
really important issues.
Can we ever believe these people when they get into Parliament
or any other public platform that they are really speaking
If they can take God out of their thoughts and try to pull
the wool over our eyes in this instance, I would have serious
doubts about their truthfulness in the really important
Is this the sort of message that they are sending to the
nations young peoplethat they boldfacedly hide
the truth and hope to get away with it?
Is this the nation-building message the new PNM members
of the Parliament are being taughtthat it is cool
to try to hoodwink the people who entrusted them with the
future of the state?
I dont know about you but I would find it very difficult
to believe anything members of this administration say from
now on. How could they really expect the people to take
seriously their spoken word after such a display in a relatively
Who advised them to go down that road? Or do they really
think we are bunch of doltish people that they can ram anything
down our throats?
Try as I might I just cannot fathom why did they have to
resort to subterfuge where none was necessary, which is
not to say that it could ever be justified.
The Opposition I am sure had no illusion that it would have
won the debate because it really was not that
type of debate.
It was an academic exercise, giving the Opposition another
opportunity to lambaste the head of government for what
it perceives to be his failure to properly govern the country.
Absolutely nothing about attempting to overthrow the Prime
Minister, which simply put could never be achieved as long
as the Government has a majority in the Parliament.
Why was it necessary to humiliate their humble supporters
in this ego-building trip in the square?
Friday was an abuse of poor people who would continue
to be abused at the hands of heartless politicians bent
on keeping them in perpetual dependency and mental bondage.
After being caught in this big stink I think the Governments
strategy backfired and it has raised a high level
of distrust among the citizenry.
Indeed, there are many people including myself who would
now doubt our confidence level in this administration after
that unbelievable conduct on Shameful Friday.