Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 23mts, 17dys: The Delinquent Mother

The National Mother. Photo courtesy Jyoti Communications website.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. A day that I associate with anyone, regardless of gender, who nurtures, rears, and gives care to a child. And while I thought about the men and women that have functioned as mothers in my life, I thought too about the people in charge of our government and in fact our country.

Let’s start with the National Mother and Grandmother, who, I am sure, considers herself to be a Mothering Worker!

VS Naipaul wrote a story called Maternal Instinct in his highly satirical and highly acclaimed novel Miguel Street. In it, Laura, the heroine, was a women with many children fathered by many men.

There are days I get the impression the National Mother had the country with several Child Fathers or Baby Daddies, hence the reason  the buck passing can never end with her. She doesn’t answer questions of national concern, it’s always one of the men, even when the questions are about issues that are directly linked to her, like her sister Vidwattie Newton.

Between January to May this country like it get caught in an undertow at Maracas Bay and every time we stand up to ketch weself a next wave of nonsense lick us down. In fact, I daresay that since The Keith’s Motion of No Confidence this govt has been mired in bacchanal after bacchanal, conflict after conflict… and the men who the National Mother keeps hiding behind are abusing her offspring and Kamla, typical of the mother who turns a blind eye to the abuse of her children because “the man helping out” remains silent.

Tell me on what issue has the National Mother actually spoken out on or taken a leadership role on?

Dwayne Gibbs rented a plane for $.9m, money that he had no right to use or disburse, tell me what has become of that and why, the PM hasn’t insisted that the AG put his foot down where that probe and Gibbs’ Commissionership is concerned? She is after all the head of the National Security Council so this should be an issue that concerns her and concerns her deeply. What the Crop Duster rental told us was that this government, led by Persad-Bissessar, didn’t have a crime plan in place, didn’t know procedure and protocol and were quite happy with public officials abusing public funds without being held accountable. This impression of the National Mother and her heads of household haven’t changed.

The Minister with common sense in spades!

Let’s look at Devant Maharaj, who reminds me of the surrepitiously lecherous uncle. You know, the one who always wants to hold you in that uncomfortable position on his lap for an inordinate length of time….riiiiiight! There have been a number of shitstorm clouds hovering over Maharaj’s tenure as  Minister of Transport, none more ominous than Caribbean Airlines Limited. Devant has been involved in misstep after misstep with CAL: under him a financially crippled CAL announced a profit of $200m ( a figure I was immediately sceptical about and the PP die hards called my scepticism racism); under Devant, CAL donated US$5m to the PM’s Life Fund; under Devant, previous CAL chairmen have been accused of having no common sense when it came to managing an airline; under Devant the PTSC has been accused of running a courier service for high priced prostitutes, and it is alleged that a member of the PTSC Board is running the ring…investigations still being conducted.  These are just a handful of the issues plaguing Devant; but by the 3rd or 4th complaint about Uncle Devant, shouldn’t Kamla…as mother and leader have started to ask some pointed questions herself? How exactly did she let it slide when he accused past chairmen of having no commonsense? How exactly has she managed to ignore the fact that mismanagement of CAL has happened under her government’s watch. Arthur Lok Jack, a former CAL Chairman who (according to Devant) lacked common sense, good frig up the government last week when he revealed that  more than US$100m that his board had left intact at the end of his tenure in June 2010 was now missing. A former board member, Allan Clovis, corroborated Lok Jack’s statement. Now Devant is calling for a report on the missing millions and I guess we should believe that he doesn’t know what’s going on with the airline under his purview, and further to that, that Rabindranath Moonan, who was appointed chairman because he possessed common sense by the tonne, also knows nothing about the missing millions? And in all of this the PM is silent and invisible. This isn’t buses and cars….this is the national airline, something that is crucial not just to Trinidad and Tobago but to the wider Caribbean….and not one word from the National Mother….maybe if we gave her a fleet of CAL jets to aid her constant travel she’d have more to say.

Prakash Ramadhar is another parent in this partnership who has me concerned. Most voters in 2010 had hoped that the COP would be the partner that maintained reason, honour, integrity and credibility in this political marriage. In short, we hoped the COP would be the sort of parent we could run to for sane judgement in a time of crisis. Yet we have the COP supporting the UNC in all kinds of questionable decisions Reshmi, SoE, Vidwattie…notice the rhyme scheme), but then getting their panties tied up in knots over a Mayorship.  Prakash has turned out to be just as wobbly and weak a leader as Winston Dookeran. He blows hot and cold at the same time and seems prone to telling either side, whether it’s Kamla or his supporters, precisely what they want to hear. Praksh is precisely the sort of fence sitter that I like to avoid….because he’ll see abuse and justify it as necessary for the child’s  development!

Tim “the tool man”…..i’ll stop there….

Then there’s Tim…..what to not say about Tim Goopeesingh boy? This is a man who spent his previous term in office with the UNC under a fog of suspicion for many things: ghost gang doctors; RHA monies missing; heart and dialysis machines missing and ending up in private hospitals; RHA budget being used to pay for his family’s regular restaurant bills….all of these accusations were being levelled at Goopeesingh, yet Kamla, in her wisdom, as National Mother felt that this is precisely the sort of man she wanted to expose to the nation all over again and this time in education.

He has turned out to be abrasive, aggressive and exclusive in his approach to much of what he is doing at the Ministry. Stakeholders are complaining that they are not a part of the decision making process as regards the SEA exam….a crucial part of our education system. Further, Tim has taken to antagonising teachers now. Openly complaining about perks and benefits that teachers, their union and the Ministry of Education would have collectively agreed on and adding fuel to already tense situations. The latest furore is that the format of the SEA exam is about to change in 2013. 1 year’s notice to change an exam that makes or breaks the future of most children and citizens here. If this transition isn’t handled properly this current government could be damaging the future of the nation’s education system…and I am once again reminded of Kamla’s tenure as Education minister when secondary education for all was instituted and the government she served rushed to rent unventilated buildings to put children in. It was under her tenure as minister that knives, forks and flatware went missing from the ministry and had to be returned.

When the UNC described Kamla as the mother of the nation in 2010, the images conjured was of a responsible caregiver, here to nurture, not boof; encourage, not dictate. Instead the type of mother we have gotten smacks of someone who got pregnant too young. We got a National Mother who more interested in shopping, travelling and dressing up….we got a National mother who lies, abuses state funds and when caught sleeping on the job puts the responsibility on the men around her.

I think we should award Kamla as Delinquent National Mother of the Year! Party hard, grandma….you rock on with yuh bad self!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

 

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Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 23 mts, 3dys: Over time and Sister Acts!

I wonder if Tim Goopeesingh was as successful a gynaecologist as he is a Minister of Education? It seems every week this minister finds new ways to rub stakeholders of education in the wrong way….last week was Kindergarten for All! A few weeks before that was the change in the SEA dates which impacts on grading of scripts, student placement in secondary schools, registration of students at secondary schools….and he seems hellbent on antagonising the nation’s teachers. There are constant implications by the Min of Ed that there are delinquent teachers in the service….further there are steady implications that he thinks the general teaching service is delinquent…what Goopeesingh fails to indicate as well is that the Ministry of Education has clear rules, guidelines and industrial relations regulations that it can , and often fails, to follow that can discipline teachers. In the case of teachers taking more overtime than they are entitled to the MoE has a very effective form of retribution….they deduct the money from teacher’s salaries and the excess overtime and unworked days also affect the teacher’s eventual gratuity and pension…..why the Min of Ed doesn’t also explain this to the public is beyond me.
As per longer working hours…..you going to the union with that Tim? Because trust me, the minute you talking longer working hours, then you are talking a renegotiation of people’s terms of employment and that’s something you, the TSC and the union have to discuss….asking for people’s feedback at a meeting is you being a bacchanalist and raising a red herring…..what happen, you find we too focused on Vidwattie Newton the Travelling Assistant Nurse?

And when you talk about removing bank time, I guess you in talks with the union? Yes? Or you providing laptops for all teachers to allow them to do online banking?

Tim, one would hope that you would be a little less eager about playing smart with foolishness. In your constant harping about teacher’s overtime and vacation allocations what you are attempting to do is stigmatise teachers….but perhaps you can explain to teachers why over half their numbers cannot, independent of a partner or spouse, qualify for a half-decent medical nor look forward to a decent retirement?

It is seriously unfortunate that the route you have taken, from day one of your tenure as Minister of Education is to antagonise teachers and exclude them from the decision-making process on matters that directly impact on them….but carry on smartly Tim….I done seeing the end of your reign.

Hear nah….is ah Yorker Prakash pelt down the pitch at Kamla? Just so just so, after I done say a requiem mass for COP Testicular fortitude Prakash come and make me look like I lying on him! So no mayorship, no love? Prakash, is that you? And now they threatening to act independently when it comes to legislation and policy! Folks…..it sounding like we might have 2 oppositions in parliament…Prakash now start to talk like the COP going to do what people put them there to do…keep the Govt in check!!!
But it might be too late…..the horse done bolt the stable Prakash…Kamla say no referendum for all yuh…further to that this government get fat and full from eating ah food….too many abuses have taken place that you have remained silent on as an “independent” part that claims to be principled….you have to come real good to convince me that you aint still struggling to remain politically relevant while still eating ah food….but thanks for the excitement on the news!

For the idiots who keep defending the PMs hiring  of her sister….let me repeat slowly….there is no position called travel assistant…and according to the TnT Mirror’s recent lead story….Vidwattie is not a registered nurse. So, let me hear all yuh? How all yuh defending this abuse of state funds? In what capacity Vidwattie actually travelling with her sister if travel assistant doesn’t exist as a post and she is not registered to practise as a nurse?

Let me ask the questions again:
Didn’t the PM say that President Robinson’s son functioned as a travel assistant? What happen to that? Was it a lie?

Didn’t the PM say that India paid for the state visit? Then why Cabinet approve spending for that? How can cabinet approve spending for a position that doesn’t exist? Was the COP a part of this Cabinet? What happened to that? Was it lie?

Didn’t the PM say she paid her sister out of her own pocket? Then how come the Cabinet approved funding for Vidwattie Newton. What happened to that? Was it a lie?

Didn’t you say, Madam PM, that she travelled with you as a travel assistant? Then why Roodal Moonilal say in Parliament last week that the post of travel assistant doesn’t exist? What happen to that? Was it a lie?

Didn’t Roodal, the Leader of Govt Buffoonery say in parliament that Ms Newton travelled with you as a nurse, (again under privileges…..this man does real abuse this thing, oui.)? Why are we now hearing that your sister is not a registered nurse in either Trinidad or the UK? What happen with that? Was it a lie?

When does this government tell the truth?

businessman on scrap iron charges.. I want to hope he resembling Sandy and have a diesel bunker in the Beetham…if not, then I am beginning to think that this government has spent a lot of time during the SoE stigmatising crime and criminal activities here…..and they wouldn’t do that, would they?

 

Folks, is only Monday you know….pace this week!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

TWICKS (This Week In Clusterf@$KS March 26th – 31st): Wardrobe Malfunctions!

Guiness anyone? Photo courtesy Trinidad Express website.

Jack Warner just got appointed to the National Security Council, so whether you are aware of it or not, we are officially a country of  April Fools. But to the victor (of the UNC Internal Elections goes the spoils). Jack is probably the only performing minister in Kamla’s government these days and since crime continues to plague her and us maybe the Minister of everything will be able to help….when he done solve we crime problem is best she give him Dookeran portfolio too.

My mother has this saying she uses when a person is unwittingly showing his or her true colours: “ahhhhh (insert name) yuh petticoat showing!”

This government has been having wardrobe malfunctions from it’s first month in office and it continues. Is like they need a seamstress. But the wardrobe malfunctions have been glaring this week and I want to discuss a few of them.

Gimme Ah Diesel Riddim to start….

If you missed the PM crudely waving 2 cannisters of oil and announcing that God is a Trini, then surely you heard the non-stop radio ads announcing the Jubiliee Discovery by Petrotrin all day Friday and Saturday….or maybe you managed to miss Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial on CNC3 Friday evening announce that we have an oil boom. It’s not uncommon for oil to be found off our shores…it’s how we’ve been making a living in Trinidad and Tobago for about a century. But last Thursday our leader of Government revealed just how desperate she is to give Trinbagonians hope in their economic future as well as to distract them from the chaos that is her government.

Keep in mind that this is a government that has promised economy diversification in their 7 Pillars of Development Plan, aka 2010 Manifesto. To date we have seen few signs of any real thrust at diversification…and we all know why, to diversify, you need to take the self same oil money and invest it into other areas…..but if that oil money being poured into projects to line the pockets of friends and cronies and to fund projects that are normally funded off international loans, then you aint have too much $$$$ remaining to invest, eh?

The PM barely rest down the cannisters before objections to her claim began. The Keith exposed her tactics as naked politics, and Colm Imbert, a man I often find annoying, gave a pretty comprehensive explanation as to why he’s not impressed by the oil find.  Couple Imbert’s comments with David Renwick’s article about our plummeting crude production situation and the comments from other energy industry heads about the PM jumping the gun on the oil find…not boom Ms Ramdial… and you’ll realise that Kamla is beyond desperate these days. The economy is stagnant. Add that to the TCL strike, on the heels of a 107-day SoE that crippled several industries and markets, and a less than stellar Carnival (don’t let CAL figures about arrivals distract you, Port of Spain’s streets were less crowded this year) and right now, people aren’t seeing any blue skies. So, being the spin and PR machine that they are, the Govt decided to blow the current oil find out of proportion and make it appear as if we turning the bend and soon everyone will be swimming in dollars again. It is economist Dhaneshwar Mahabir who tore Kamla’s claims down to its brass tacks when he announced that 48 million barrels represents about $150m in revenue….when you place that against our annual budget of $50bn….it’s not even a drop in the bucket. When you consider that almost $100m was spent just on Carnival….study yuh head good and ask how many members of the group Kamla keeps calling the “common man” going to really benefit from that oil find. Smoke and Mirrors folks….nothing to see here! We find oil…the solution to every problem….meanwhile the economy, that depending on this plummeting oil production still waiting to be diversified. But when PR music inside yuh brain…you feel no pain. Put yuh canister in the air and wave like yuh mad!

San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray

 

Gyal Bend Over….

This gyal, she wukking up ah storm

Wining in ah circle, watch how she perform

She leave COP and jump to UNC

Become deputy leader

got Prakash on he knees!

Marlene Coudray has without a doubt created a far bigger storm than this tea cup partnership can contain. Like many others, when Marlene jumped ship…or was poached…depending on how you want to look at it, I was unperturbed. I live through Rupert Griffith and Vincent Lasse crossing the floor, Marlene Coudray go stun me?

But is when COP Leader Prakash Ramadhar started to zest up he self and talk about poaching, and wanting back the mayorship whose “allocation” was given to him that I start to pause and check out the thing. It seems that Local Govt Politics has its own morality as well. at first I didn’t understand why Ramadhar felt it was his right to choose the mayor until I realised that in local government elections it’s the party with the most seats that consults with the councillors and other pertinent bodies to select a mayor. And since is a coalition government we have, and not a coalition party, the Fyzabad Accord (which beginning to sound like a kaiso) apparently delineated which parties within the coalition would get to determine which mayorships went to whom. So the COP got Arima and San Fernando as part of their historic 2010 scramble for Trinidad and Tobago. What startled me was that these arrangements were ironed out since May 2010, and Local Government Elections happened in July of 2010…so these parties were very confident of victory.

On the basis of this understanding, I felt that Prakash was well within his right to determine who is the mayor of Sando. The PP can’t determine it because it isn’t a party….but the COP and UNC are…and the COP was told Sando was under it’s remit. So, then, you ask yourself, what’s the problem? Well no one wants to say…least of all Winston Dookeran who living up to the nickname Duck and Run these days because he won’t answer any question you pose to him about the government or his party, the COP, straight……maybe that is the price you pay if you have your eyes on higher office. What is clear though is that Coudray’s claims that the COP didn’t elect/appoint/nominate her might have some truth to it, since a recent interview with businesswoman Daphne Bartlett indicates that the current leader of the COP may be misleading the country into believing that Coudray had been their pick. There is talk that Marlene wasn’t really the COP pick, that it was instead  a prominent doctor from South Trinidad. There is talk that the COP was forced to choose Coudray. There is talk that Coudray is tipped to run in the expected by-election for San Fernando East….earlier this week there was talk that the PM would give in to Ramadhar’s request, give him the mayorship, and give Coudray the position of Vice-President of the Senate…thereby bussing Lyndira Oudit’s throat. There has been much talk….so much talk that the heads of the coalition government talked for 5 hours on Friday evening and the COP executive, MPs etc are meeting at 9 am this morning to talk some more….and all of this becauase Marlene Coudray exercised her right to change her political mind!

Prakash Ramadhar (far left) and Kamla Persad-Bissessar (far right) in happier days.

In the last 22 months we have been bombarded with non-stop examples of how strong this political panchayat is. But it is during this week that the seams, cracks and petticoat hemlines began to show themselves to the rest of the country. An article in the Trinidad Express this week had top COP officials lamenting that the party was being destroyed from day one of the coalition government. Now, is time to ask yourselves a few questions. If the UNC was calling the shots from day one, or engaging in abusive behaviour, why get into political bed with them? Why wait so long to speak out on the issues within the party? Is it a case of a battered woman taking and taking and cyah take no more? Or is it a case of protecting your political privileges now because is not just your dignity that being taken away, is your money too?

The COP as a political entity has been a vast disappointment to its membership. Anyone can tell you that they were the Trojan Horse (Virus) in which the UNC came to power. All non-unc voters stained their fingers for the PP because they felt that the COP would provide a buffer to the UNC, a party that since it’s 1995-2000 term has been seen as corrupt, nepotistic and ethnocentric. And the current behaviour of many members of the party have established that the behaviour hasn’t changed. But, where the COP should have jumped in to provide checks and balances and be the voice of the people who voted them in and reflect their principles, the COP’s leaders and members have remained either sickeningly silent or eager to please in a psychophant way. Remember that it is Prakash Ramadhar who defended Reshmi Ramnarine’s appointment as the SIA head…then back pedal and say he don’t know the woman. The COP also supported the SoE wholeheartedly, even though within their ranks they knew it was a bad idea that would end disastrously. But on the evening that the  SoE was announced Prakash was sitting at the Pink Palace in Phillipines lending support. The COP recently helped defeat the Motion of No Confidence against the PM…and to date I have heard no comments from the COP about the PM’s abuse of  the official state residence, her use of her sister as a travel assistant, her maintenance of not one, but two residences as PM, the abuse of the govt travel card by 2 Govt Ministers and a whole host of other issues. Instead Ramadhar has joined the behaviour of the UNC in Parliament, calling the Opposition Leader names like corbeaux while delivering speeches…and I had to think et tu Prakash?

When the COP talks about country first politics, which country are they referring too? Is is some imaginary space that I don’t know about? Their entire approach to politics from day one has been just as selfish and abusive of the country, as the UNC’s has been abusive of them. They have bowed, scraped and fought to remain in the powers of corridor not to help the country but to be able to help themselves. This party has had numerous opportunities to retain its integrity and actually serve the interests of the people that voted it in to power. It’s 22 months and 8 days of governance by this PP government and the first time the COP took a firm stance on an issue was when the party felt it was going to lose the  Mayorship of San Fernando….and when you understand how local government projects run and the kind of money it can generate, you will realise that is not the political position they vex about so much as the economic and political largesse that they stand to lose once this mayorship is out of their hands…in short funding and contracts folks…yes…it boils down to $$$$$ and cents!

If Kamla backs down and gives Prakash what he wants, the COP may win a political battle, but for me, the mere fact that this is what finally galvanised Ramadhar into action shows me precisely where his mind is at…on the money…the ministerial positions…the power.

If Kamla doesn’t back down, then this is the COP’s last opportunity to salvage the little that might be left of its reputation with its core supporters. Make a stand, and position yourselves in Parliament in a way that you can effect real change when it comes to laws and legislation….and Prakash while you at it..can you and Vernon provide some real evidence to arrest Calder Hart….it looking bad that all all yuh produce since Jan/Feb 2010 is Sherine Hart’s birthpaper….where the evidence all yuh promise? Because like Anand Ramlogan can’t do the work that we giving him millions of dollars to do.

Leader of Buffonery in Parliament

Before I run off, there is one more little issue I want to raise….Roodal Moonilal. As Leader of Government Business he is a failure. I have taken to thinking of him as Leader of Buffoonery in the Parliament. At first I thought Moonilal was just overeager and underinformed…but I realise now that Moonilal’s modus operandi is to actually use the cover of parliament to slander, libel and attack with impunity. The latest incident is his accusing Noel Garcia of abusing a Govt Travel Card and owing the govt $.5m dollars. Interestingly enough the Hansard Records of late 2010 show that Moonilal had raised the issue 2 years ago, within its proper context…as a loan from the HDC and had asked where the payments were. Two years later, under pressure because not one, but at least 2 ministers were caught abusing the public purse Moonilal used information he had at hand and misrepresented it in Parliament. Suddenly the loan Garcia was approved for from the HDC board (HDC is a bank?) becomes a government travel card. The travel card’s limit is US$10,000. So how would Garcia have been able to spend $.5m????? And let’s for the sake of argument say it happened…back in 2007….the new government aint do anything about it yet after 22 months in government? It was so obvious that Moonilal was using his parliamentary privilege to take potshots at a private citizen who was not in a position to immediately defend himself….and for that Moonilal you are NASTY! Because you haven’t even had the good grace to come out and apologise. And this is recurrent behaviour with you…I haven’t forgotten how you lied on the people of Beetham and how you blamed diesel bunkering activities on them and never came back to correct your lies. Is this what the Parliament has come to?  A place where we  lie on citizens and attempt to pass faulty laws?

Then is best we shut down parliament and open up a theatre of the absurd!

This govt has shown in the past week that it is self-serving, dishonest, abusive, nepotistic….and led by a “special needs” woman who will go to any end to fool the people, fool the people, fool the people! Somebody dress tail cock up!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

 

TWICKS (This Week in Clusterf@$KS: March 19-25th) Elections, Ejections, Insurrections…and Good Family Values

And the parodies of Kamla continue. Photos today all courtesy memgenerator.net.

 

How you think Suruj Rambachan take he coffee this morning after Jack Warner’s win as party chairman? Black and bitter?

Well, as I predicted, Jack is Back and is not we say so, is the people say so!

Following a UNC internal election that was fraught with problems: voters being turned away,  

Voters not finding their names on the list even though some of them were lifetime members, and an extremely low voter turn out, that not even UNC Elections Chairman Khemchan Ramdath wants to comment on. According to Sampson Nanton, of CNC 3, who was at the Rienzi Complex last night, UNC voter turn out was approximately 13,000; this is from a list of 81,000 registered voters.  When questioned about the low turnout, Ramdath quickly corrected Nanton and said he “feel” the number is actually closer to 20,000. That didn’t make it better…this is a party that swept to victory in 2010 with hundreds of thousands of people voting for it….it’s registered list of voters is 81,000 and barely 20% of its electorate turned out to vote….Are the party members disentchanted? Is it that they didn’t know yesterday was the Internal Elections? That can’t be…because Herbert Volney text me twice and people from Jack Warner’s camp was actually making phone calls…even to PNM members, to come out an vote. So what, pray tell, accounts for the low voter turn out yesterday. And how can the PM claim that yesterday’s elections shows democracy when there were all of these flaws and discrepancies?

Is she lying? Being ironic? Or being disingenuous?

I can’t begin to tell you the concerns this raises for me with the 2015 General Elections about voter turn-out, as well as the transparency of voting lists. Why is it that in an election process that described itself as open, free and fair, so many people couldn’t have access to the voting lists? The UNC really needs to check itself, the party’s name has become synonymous with corruption, deceit, malpractice, litigation and lots of other generally nasty things. And considering that a significant sector of this country regards the party as the “Indian” party and representative of the “Indian” demographic, by proxy, people are going to associate the party’s negative image with its supporters….lemme break it down: If the party corrupt, then its supporters corrupt…..and you know how does generalise in Trinidad and Tobago…If people saying the supporters corrupt it will soon be “all indians corrupt”. Watch yourself UNC, you are doing a disservice to your supporters with your questionable activities.

Well, everybody know Marlene Coudray removed herself from the COP this week….a self-ejection that had the politics hot. Word is this morning that new comer Coudray beat Fuad “Card” Khan for the position of 3rd deputy political leader in the UNC internal elections. But that aint even the juiciest piece of Marlene’s story….after all that bluster and grand charge from Joseph Toney and Prakash Ramadhar this week; and all the comments about how the “poaching” of party members by the UNC is a dangerous thing etc…and Marlene taunting Prakash to say she is not an egg, she can’t be poached (10 pts to Marlene with that inaccurate response to a word whose meaning she unclear on)…is to wake up this morning and find out that is more than the pestle in the mortar and that COP’s relationship with Marlene Coudray very complicated and shaky since 2010.

So it appears that Marlene knew precisely what she meant when she told journalists earlier this week that she stopped being an active COP member almost two years now. And Prakash….I don’t need to tell you that the current story that bubbling up from through the cracks of your party’s information channels smelling bad!

It’s been another week of protests in south Trinidad, from Claxton Bay to Mayaro. we had that sterling bit of behaviour from MP Winston Gypsy Peters this week that indicated only too well the People’s Panchayat govt’s position on political patrimony…we only here to serve our people….not PNM people…..the PM, as ever, was mum on Gypsy’s outburst. Her refusal to address any controversial issue head on has become my favourite feature of female leadership. Because whenever I hear any of the feminists defending her cry for “special needs” as a female PM, I think yes, of course….sealant for her lips to avoid explanation or accountability for any and all matters of state that require actual leadership!

The strike at TCL has also taken on a sinister tone, with a lot of violence and each side labelling the other terrorist. Errol of Clan McLeod, aka the Labour Minister, is treading cautiously as mediator of the negotiations. I can almost hear him now…Boromir style: One does not simply intervene between TCL Management and OWTU Protestors!

But the biggest story this week has to be Squandermania inna 4D….aka Family Values…aka the PM the big spender and minder of her entire family on the State’s pocket.

This week several stories made it’s way to the surface:

It is alleged that Kamla used the Govt Visa Travel card to pay for her Machel Monday pumped up kicks..aka $5000 Louis Vs.

It is alleged that Kamla pays almost $2000 daily to have her hair done. It is also alleged that she fired Bally as her hair dresser mere weeks ago because he had become too pricey and has instead hired a Filipino woman to dress her hair. This hair dresser is housed in a hotel at the State’s expense. Mind you, the PM’s official residence has a hair dressing salon in it….why doesn’t the PM just use her hair dresser there? Could it be she doesn’t actually live there?

It is printed in the newspaper, that Kamla’s sister Vidwattie Newton, who she swears she pays out of her own pocket, received a check from the govt in 2010 that Nicole Dyer is now claiming is a per diem for travelling with her sister on some trip or the other. The PNM has promised to keep the heat on the matter.

It is alleged that Vidwattie Newton, 2 sons and 1 other nephew live at the PM’s official residence while the PM herself lives at her private home in Phillipines.

It has been stated categorically by Minister of Foreign Affairs, sew…Suruj Rambachan that the PM’s use of state funds to look after her family, and her use of not one, but two residences, is actually as a result of values she acquired from growing up in an extended family and therefore, we should be happy, and stop criticising the PM because in practising nepotism and abuse of state funds the PM is in fact an exemplar of good family values.

It is now alleged that an elevator that was purshased by the state to be installed in an HDC building has been deployed to another State building, the PM’s official residence. There will now be another elevator in the PM’s residence to allow her to get to her bedroom more comfortably.

This PM has surpassed Patrick Manning for her open abuse of public funds. To date the lavishness of the PM’s official residence is what can be pinned on Manning…and his defence is a simple one…it belongs to the State. How does the Kamla justify leaving her family to live at the state’s expense and then having taxpayers support  the upkeep, security and maintenance of a second home? And all of this money is being squandered during harsh economic times….so the the average Trinbagonian who ketching dey arse to make ends meet, gets to hear about the PM and her friends and family, living it up!

Kamla has gone quickly from being a breath of fresh air, and symbol of new politics to smelling like something decayed and stale. She is colonial politics dressed up in expensive clothes, hair and make-up and made to look modern. But the citizens know the difference….that’s what accounts for the low voter turnout even from her support base and the daily criticism from her objectors and opposition.

And in the manner of all foolish leaders in this country Kamla has now become a joke to be parodied around the internet in various jokes and memes….and at this rate….she’s going to be a historical footnote in our political history come 2015.

In other news, the murder toll is now 86 murders for the year thus far. TSTT CEO resigns under protests and West Indies beating Australia in One Day games…it could only be 2012 folks.

Have a great week!

DE VICE CYAH DONE!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime: 22months….Squandermania inna 4D and UNC Elections!

Mor Tor, Mor Tor, lawa i lai....Warner mixing it up with supporters as he campaigns for UNC internal elections. Photo courtesy Guardian website.

So today is the big day folks…..will Jack remain as party chairman….that is the only reason anybody outside of the UNC party even paying attention to these elections.

I don’t think that anyone feels Generation Next stands a fighting chance.

And Roodimonster’s slate, anchored by Marlene Coudray seems to be the clear favourites in an election that has been fraught with tensions from the get go.

My pick for UNC Chairman is Jack. I feel Warner savvy enough to school Ashvani today.

The Empress and her Extended Family....photo courtesy PNM Abroad.

Squandermani inna 4D!

Well it beginning to look like Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Small Goal team planning to out-do the PNM on every level.

When is not first class trips for Vidwattie, is to find out that Vidwattie getting checks from the government that she aint cash for the year and her address is listed as the Office of the Prime Minister!

When is not checks to Vidwattie is to hear that Vidwattie and her sons living at the PM’s residence and using the official cars and outriders….and is tax payers have to support that….as well as support Kamla in her private residence in Phillipine, SanFernando….and then you have Suruj Rambachan coming to tell the nation that they should be happy about this abuse of Public Funds because it shows good family values…..this is kismehtail nonsense!

Last week the rumour was that Kamla paid for the Louis Vuitton boots out of the Govt Travel Card…no clear confirmation yet…now we are hearing that her current hairdressing costs are $2000…..a day!

I’m just waiting on the picture of her shoe closet!

One wonders what exactly causing people to excuse so much nonsense from Kamla…gender or ethnicity?

Had any past Prime Minister used State resources in a such a nepotistic way so blatantly there would have been such an outcry….yet,  everyone and their Volney….especially the feminazi squad seem to be rushing to Kamla’s defence despite the fact that what she is doing is immoral and possibly illegal as well…but maybe that is good cultural values….

In the midst of all the bad governance that we are experiencing daily, one question that has reared in my mind regularly is what is the public service’s role in all of this mismanagement. When Vasant Bharath appropriated the Ministry’s Porsche for his own personal use, my first question had been where is the Perm sec in all of this…what did Mrs Leacock have to say. In the cases of Shoppin Toppin and Fuad Card, why was their no input from the Min of Finances Perm Sec on the abuses that took place….now I seeing that there are no systems in place for assessing Permanent Secretaries… surely as the chief administrators of the Public  Service they too should be held accountable for some of this government’s misstepping…some eh…..not ALL…not by a long shot.

Speaking of good family values….I finally have something good to say about the COP….the executive for Lopinot/Bon Air West have Lincoln Douglas under pressure for under performance…..WETTING!

TCL continues to be a war zone…and while McLeod condemning the violence… Roget saying that TCL’s labour policies is the real act of terrorism.

Today, Fuad Khan….lately of the credit card abuse scandals, has announced that is more fete than madness going on in st. Ann’s because 60% of the people housed there don’t have mental illness, but their family just don’t want to mind them!

Maybe their family don’t have good cultural values Mr Khan….or maybe their family don’t have the entire treasury at their disposal…or the wherewithal and skill to look after their relatives….question is though….is st. Ann’s running efficiently? Is it treating its patients properly?

TSTT is the latest company to be embroiled in protests and kuchoor…. keep an eye on this one folks…it could hit us hard where it matters….communication! You know trinis cyah be without their blackberries, Androids and Iphones.

Lemme head down to Rienzi now and ask Herbert Volney where he get my cell number from to be texting me to vote for he to set me free with the UNC!

 

De Vice Cyah Done!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 21mts, 27dys: Poached and Scrambled Eggs!

So the talk is that Marlene Coudray say in a UNC forum last night that she is not an egg….she can’t be poached…..she knows who her leader is….does Prakash know who his leader is??????
Them’s fighting words boy!

Prakash….response?

Ummm, Marlene, when people talked about poaching, they meant illegal hunting, not cooking….just saying….I’m sure the UNC has gotten a gem of a political mind in you.

So the PM under heat for the house in La Fantaisie. Anybody remember that she had condemned the house? Called it the Prime Ministerial Palace and vowed that she would never live there??????
Well it seems like this may be the one promise the PM has kept from her 2010 campaign….it is alleged that the PM lives in South Trinidad, while the State has been housing  and feeding and transporting the PM’s sister and three of her nephews.
Yesterday the PNM’s right wing defender Marlene McDonald get a little touch of the political accusations football and make a dash down the flank, accusing the PM of abusing State resources once again. The PM seemed caught with her pants down when reporters questioned her. She denied  that they were driving PM1. Which is ironic since radio personality Tony Lee of i95.5 reported seeing Ms Newton exiting PM1 in the area of the NAPA building on Carnival Monday morning….and he admits he never saw anyone else exit the car….maybe he shoulda walk slower…because I feel he just missed the PM…she was there too…she really was…wasn’t she? Kamla wouldn’t lie about abusing state property would she? She did admit that her sister and family either visit or stay at the PM’s official residence from time to time. What does from time to time mean? Are we likely to hear in a couple days or weeks that in fact the reports we are hearing have more than a grain of truth to them and that the PM is indeed abusing state property? Will we hear too that the Govt Travel Card has been abused by the PM also?

Now, if the PNM follows its regular playbook, then they giving the PM rope with which to hang herself. On every occasion that this Opposition has laid accusations at the Government’s feet they have had documentary evidence with which to back things up….hark back recently to the Shoppin Toppin card scandal…Roodal Moonilal take plenty basket when The Keith raised the issue in Parliament and implied that the bill was $4000. Moonilal couldn’t scoff hard enough at the figure…ignoring that the real issue here is not the amount of money, but the abuse of the card….he loudly proclaimed to Rowley, that the card done pay off….what is $4000?  Days later when the statements were leaked to the media it’s almost $70,000 worth of credit card debt and at least 4 breaches of policy for use of the credit card…..so Kamla, for your sake, I hope the PNM aint have more dirt on you and you aint get ketch in a big fat dirty lie….oh, who am I kidding…I hope they have the dirt….because your constant misspeaking, misstepping, nepotism and corruption has me thoroughly disgusted with your failed brand of female leadership!

Me aint know about you, but Claxton Bay seems like more of a hotspot than Beetham and Laventille these days….between homes being firebombed, maxis transporting workers being attacked and general protest actions, that TCL Strike zone sounding like a war zone. And I fear it will only get worse as strikers become more and more frustrated over the continued running of the cement plant by strike breakers. Keep an eye folks. Unless some settlement happens soon, I am expecting a further outbreak of violence.

And speaking of Beetham, looks like reprisal murders are heating up in the neighbourhood and a turf war may erupt….but Maxis transporting workers should be safe.

Oh, CAL owing Airports Authority $60m. And there is the possibility that Cable & Wireless might be considering selling its stake in TSTT. These are two crucial business stories to keep your eyes on.

By the way, Kamla’s hope that new oil finds are going to boost the economy have been rubbished by Colm Imbert, who has pointed out that the country isn’t likely to see any benefits from it in under three years since exploration is only now underway.

Imbert also implied that the numerous anto-Govt protests in South Trinidad were actually orchestrated by UNC elements. If this is so, then Jack Warner has proven to be more savvy than the man who it is alleged is trying to oust him from the party, Suruj Rambachan. Rambachan claiming these days that he is at Jack’s mercy. Which is too funny and ironic. The other irony is that after all the grand charging and removal of the PURE programme from under Warner, the Prime Minister has returned it to him in order to return peace to the constituencies….one wonders who really advises Kamla and her Deck of Fools. Jack didn’t choose his ministry by accident. If nothing else Jack understands politics…he understands that the most prominent and visible ministry (apart from Housing) is Works and Transport. Jack Warner is probably the only government minister that appears to be working. And while he is involved in 3 Fifa-related scandals, most Trinidadians have justified it to themselves that the scandals Jack involved in are external to the Govt….no one can say his hands have been caught in the State cookie jar…..so in short, Kamla’s most obviously corrupt minister is also her hardest worker….And in interfering with the Ministry of Works she has undermined the appearance of efficiency in her government….if you can’t even fix roads and box drains then what is your purpose????? You know how Trinis like to see drain building, and roads paving….you stop dat too? Yuh Mad??????

Kamla has missed her window of opportunity to get rid of Warner….there was a time when she had the majority of the population behind her, convinced that this Minister was too corrupt to be in government…but in recent months Jack, who has been battling a subtle plot to oust him from the party, appears to have a cleaner nose than most. How can Kamla justify removing Jack now in light of missteps from Shoppin Toppin and Fuad Card? Especially since Jack can point to numerous road projects that have made a difference to citizen’s commuting daily. Sorry, Kamla, opportunity gone…Jack is here to stay….the level of support the rest of the party has to throw behind Ashvani shows that Jack has a  stronger following in the party than even I anticipated. So I think that Jack is going to be back after March 24th.

The behaviour of this government in general has serious implications for the rest of the society. When the average citizen is struggling to manage an existence here with poor roads, bad health care, constant traffic, poor customer service, a flawed education system, and so many other facilities and infrastructure missing it has to grind and grate on people’s nerves to see the PM and her ministers abusing state funds and living luxuriously, sharing the wealth with their close friends and family, while little to no economic growth takes place in the country….couple that with the continued criminal activity and murder toll…and well….This Govt HAS FAILED.

In fact, while the No Confidence Motion received a thorough beat down in the Parliament on March 2nd and 3rd….it seems that in the Parliament of public consciousness Rowley’s actions have been far more successful. More and more citizens are fed up with the government, fed up with the almost daily scandals and bussing of new marks. Every morning I get up and turn on my computer to read the newspapers I wonder to myself, what new and disgusting thing going to come from this government today….and they haven’t let me down. The only confidence I have in this government is that it is going to continue to fail.

De Vice Cyah Done.

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 21mts, 21dys:

Penal residents protest. Photo courtesy Trinidad Guardian website.

 

 

Well is heat in the place from La Brea, to Mon Desir, to Claxton Bay to La Fantaisie Road.

When last Trinidad had so much protests going on in so many places at one time with so much confidence in the govt? Eh Kamla? Eh Prakash? Study all yuh head good….the population giving all yuh their response to that Pappy Show of a Parliamentary sitting that happened on March 2nd.

Yesterday a Maxi Taxi filled with TCL strike breakers/workers was stoned while taking workers away from the company’s compound.

The Highway Re-Route Movement promising to do just that today. And they are insisting that re-routing the highway will save the govt money. But it seems to be falling on deaf ears. Imagine activists went to the official Prime Ministerial residence in St. Ann’s expecting to see Kamla Persad-Bissessar….sorry folks, that’s teh home of Kamla 2.0 and family, aka the travel assistant, aka Ms Vidwatie Newton. If you want to see the PM, you have to go to the house down South. That’s the only office she works out of.

La Brea residents held a fiery protest outside Labidco for jobs. They insist that workers are being brought from outside of the area, while residents cannot get jobs.

As I predicted, Gibbs and Ewatski preparing to expose the state to litigation over their service appraisals. All yuh siddown there and feel these men tolerating any wrongful dismissal. Feel they tolerating any taint to their international reputations….feel they planning to do any work and make any improvements to the crime situation….nobody tell them they had to work when they come here…they did come to pose!

Shoppin-Toppin say she surprised TOP ask her to apologise for abusing the credit card. Asshworth, all yuh study all yuh head good? If Vernella don’t think she do anything wrong when she abused the card, you think she will apologise?

We won’t ever get any apologies from the members of this government when they misstep, misspeak and generally abuse the population.

And in the latest Vidwatie Newton news, the PM, who has said to the country that she is no longer answering any questions about her sister…because the people who voted her in, the people whose treasury she is plundering, don’t deserve responses (whatever happened to transparency and serve the people?) has come out to defend Vidwatie yet again by establishing that she has a beautiful sister….She is woman hear her roar!

This government doesn’t realise that you don’t piss on a population in this way.

You don’t insult the intelligence of tax payers and feel that because you have a voting base of psychophants that you safe and home free. Tides does turn….ask Manning about that.

 

In the meanwhile, De Vice Cyah Done!

TWICKS (This Week In Clusterf@$KS): The Empress and the Top Shopper!

The PM.

It seems each week that the Politics and the Crimes here take on new levels…my jaw running out of floor to hit!

In the aftermath of the Motion of No-Confidence(MONC) the issues that would pre-occupy the national consciousness this week were:

  • Cpt Gallery Griffith was abusive to an Opposition MP,
  • Reshmi Ramnarine has changed her name and was/has been allegedly employed within a Govt Ministry again
  • Minister Vernella Alleyne-Toppin has abused the privilege of the Govt Travel Card.

Minister of Tobago Affairs Mrs Vernella Alleyne-Toppin. Photo courtesy govt.org website.

Now the interesting thing in all of this is that many people who often stood up for and spoke out against corruption, malfeisance and abuse under the past PNM regime have been virtually mum this week. Not a comment was made….even more interesting were the comments of people who saw nothing wrong with Minister Toppin using the card in ways for which it was not intended. The rules and guidelines are all there. The card is to be used for international travel, and even though Mrs Toppin is from Tobago, surely she remembers that it is a twin-island republic and knows that Trinidad does not count as international travel. Further, the card is not to be used for withdrawals except when overseas. The various newspapers and radio-programmes this week have painted a picture of total abuse of the card from June to Dec 28th, 2011. In Parliament, Roodal Moonilal fell for the trap created by the Opposition when The Keith said he had receipts to the tune of $4000. Moonilal crowed cockily about what was $4000? And the amount has been paid off in full. By Tuesday of this week we knew that the actual amount was $68,000.00 and that Toppin was in deed and fact overdrawn on the card, whose limit is US$10,000.00.

Toppin, following the examples set by her Prime Minister and other govt colleagues  spent the majority of the week ducking the media, and instead claiming she had to attend to her ailing husband….is this the same husband who it is alleged functions as her personal driver and is so in receipt of a government salary? When she eventually emerged from attending to her husband, her response was to send a press release to CNMG in which she indicated that she was not aware that she had done anything wrong. In short, Shoppin Toppin is using ignorance of the law as her defence. But it’s stupidly ingenuous if only because she has to sign a document that iterates all the rules of the card. So is Toppin saying that she signed off on the card and never read the rules? Is she saying that as a Govt Minister she is allowed to abuse the system out of ignorance and not have to deal with the consequences?
It is alleged that many of the withdrawals at ATMs were done by a close relative of Toppin’s and if anyone were to ever get the ATM video footage we might find out who precisely has been using this Govt Travel card all over the country. When reached for comment, the PM insists that the card has been paid off, ignoring the fact that the issue is not the amount owed on the card, but the flouting of the rules and conditions that show that Shoppin Toppin and the government that supports her are capable of corruption and turning a blind eye to it.

What troubles the Pantomime about this is the message it sends. This Govt is corrupt, doesn’t care and won’t do better. In fact, when a member does wrong, the other members will rush to defend and protect the wrongdoer….all in an attempt to retain its hold on power.

When people voted for the COP, it was hoped that its presence in the Government would provide the voice of reason and restraint and ensure such things didn’t occur under a UNC that everyone saw as predatory and parasitic….instead the COP has turned out to be the greatest disappointment…..the Trojan Horse that brought this UNC into Govt….the date rape drug to end all date rape drugs.

The Commish!

If Shoppin Toppin’s abuse of the public coffers wasn’t enough, we then had issue with Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs being told that he was wrong to rent a plane to the tune of TT$.9m. Mind you, this is in the aftermath of AG Ramlogan gallerying heself in Parliament and saying that Gibbs had full authority to sign off on a deal and that Gibbs didn’t have to answer to anyone on the matter of how much he spent because he was in total control of his budget. Now, weeks later we are hearing from the Solicitor General that Gibbs was in the wrong…..Am I to assume then that the AG didn’t know what he was speaking about? Then what’s his purpose? Isn’t he supposed to be providing legal advice to the Government? If he doesn’t know the laws then how can he do his job? Why are we paying him a salary?

The AG.

Another nasty thing happened this week too that involved the AG. The former SAUTT Head’s reputation was attacked under the cover of Parliament. The AG implied that Brig Peter Joseph ( a man that the govt had to shell out $1m to in legal matters surrounding his dismissal if I’m not mistaken) was incompetent and that SAUTT was malfunctioning. Under the cover of Parliament the AG can say all of these things without providing any evidence. But a high ranking source within SAUTT has accused the AG of lying. What’s new with this govt? If is not a lie is a misstep, or a misspoke, or a let’s move on, or an I did nothing wrong!

The PM and her sister, Vidwatie Newton. Photo courtesy Express news site.

The latest scandal coming from the Prime Minister is three-fold. Apparently the Prime Minister’s sister is he travel advisor; and when questioned the Prime Minister, not even acknowledging the flagrant nepotism involved…the same nepotism that she said her government was against on the campaign platform in 2010….defended her actions by saying she needs her sister. Mind you, it’s the taxpayers again that have to shoulder the cost of the PM’s needs…and Mrs Vidwatie Newton has been costing the country a pretty penny on each international trip she makes with her sister.

Even Kamla’s neighbours are complaining about the helicopters, the parties…and her razor wire fence!

The latest issue that should cause concern too is the PM’s comment that Executive Presidency is on the table for her government….the same Executive Presidency that she campaigned and railed against when the PNM was in power? Will it be an Executive Presidency a la the US where there is a Congress and a Supreme Court to keep the President in check….or will it be like Guyana’s? A system that is malfunctioning and only favours a limited section of the society? Talk to us Prime Minister dearest? Are we also switching to proportional representation? Is your government going to make all of these changes under cover of night and then inform the country?

Another issue that also remains out of the spotlight but is a burning issue is the matter of Tobago and Internal Self Government….the Central Govt is interfering….they’ve issued a greenpaper on the matter that raises questions about who qualifies as Tobagonian and what qualifies as the land mass that is Tobago…this greenpaper, spearheaded by Attorney General Ramlogan (why does his name keep cropping up????) has implications for Tobagonians, their land and their self-governance….the Pantomime watching how this issue panning out.

In the midst of all of these issues the world celebrated International Women’s Day….I thought of Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, Norma Greaves and most of the women we have in Parliament on both the government and opposition sides and considered a sex change….then I called my mother…and all was right with the world again.

This was a tough week to be Trinbagonian. The govt continues to be glib, corrupt and uncaring. The light at the end of the tunnel seems to get more and more distant simply because De Vice Cyah Done!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 21mts, 13dys:

Tobago still in the news folks and is not Shoppin Toppin I with this morning…that was yesterday’s news.

Orville London make we to know that this current Govt, through new legislation brought about by the AG, is attempting to interfere with Tobago’s movement towards internal self government,

Now is a good 60 years Tobagonians working towards an internal self government agreement arrangement with Trinidad and under Robbie they make some headway. Now it seems the AG release a greenpaper that in effect redefines what is a Tobagonian and what is the land mass that is Tobago…..I sense people trying to take advantage and buy up Tobagonian lands from right under Tobagonians….stay tuned. As I get more info I will pass it on!

Now back to we Top Shopper!

Roodal claim is that she pay off she bill….and what we trying to show you Roodal is that Vernella is abusing a privilege.

Your govt doh have a problem with that? You watch these expenses she racking up? ATM withdrawals, local spending sprees?????

What other abuses all yuh turning a blind eye to in that party?

Israel Khan and Dana Seetahal’s bid for Presidency of the Law Association rages on. Khan find Seetahal only promoting dances. And Seetahal say with Khan as her friend, she aint need enemies!

Cement is the new black market item in Trinidad…we importing it these days. And opportunistic hardware owners done jack up the price to $100 a bag!

In other news the parent’s of the 5-day old baby killed by a catheter struggling to get a private autopsy. Mark my words…nothing will come of this. The hospital not going to take any responsibility for the piece of catheter found near their daughter’s heart. Any investigation will simply show the catheter went there on its own….no doctor was responsible!

DOMA worried about local industry. And the Couva/Pt Lisas Chamber of commerce worried that higher wages will hurt the construction industry. I want to toss into the pot as well that a stagnant economy and poor fiscal policies and lack of vision for enervating the economy….all features of this current regime of governance going to screw us over too! But that is just me.

The Rani is off at CHOGM trying to score points so she is muching up the Jamaica PM and looking for photo ops as the top female PMs of the region…..nothing if not predictable.

And last night on TV6 a news report show 12 vehicle of police show up at a Union office to bring up 1 man on maintenance charges! Was baton, cuff and kick in he pweffen as they serve him he papers……21st Century Policing!
Imagine in a country where a KFC delivery boy does reach faster than a police car and ambulance when you call to report a crime…..12 vehicles show up to give 1 man notice that he have maintenance charges to answer for!

Is Friday Folks….another week of bad governance done…..Phagwa is Sunday.

De Vice Cyah Done!

Crime Clusterf@$k/Political Pantomime 21mts, 11dys: Will Louis be Lynched?

Emperor Mayor Louis the Umpteenth!

Emperor Mayor Louis the umpteenth had to know he throat was going to get buss!

You do not score an own goal in political football and expect the fans to be happy with you.

Louis’ letter of dissent allowed for 29 Govt Ministers to wine back on The Keith real hard, and to question his leadership.

Did he really think that he would challenge the decision of the party’s leader and escape unscathed?

That’s Insulting Louis Lee!

Now, Louis the Umpteenth facing his own No Confidence Motion. And is the Mayor of Port of Spain vs 11 signatures.

In a weird way Louis getting a taste of democracy at work.

But the Pantomime vex…Louis was the one PNM person I coulda bash consistently….with Louis gone (Yes, I said it….is only a matter of time) I going to have to dig deeper and find a PNM MP who actively doing crap so that the Pantomime can remain non-partisan….ah wonder where Fitzie these days?

The next throat that getting measured for a guillotine is attorney Dana Seetahal. Clearly no one told Ms Seetahal that the cardinal rule in Trini politics is never betray your “race”. You cannot be Indian and speak out against the Indo-led party/govt. Having sensibly spoken out against People’s Panchayat’s policies, Ms Seetahal is now facing expulsion as President of the Law Association from of all people, Israel Khan (who probably just put his balisier-print jockies in a bottom drawer until he needs them again!) who is allegedly in support of the AG.

Outside of the Great PNM Own Goal and Law Association rumblings, I hear 1 police officer get penalised for neglecting to do his duty when a rape victim showed up at the police station. While the police officers who beat people for Pan Semis get off….get off..
And Head of the PCA, Gillian Lucky, looking for details on 
Gibbs’ Crop Duster.

Analyst Derek Ramsamooj cautioning the COP and telling them they in danger of losing their identity. I beg to differ Mr Ramsamooj. This party lost it’s identity long time, it started when Pri…ooops, Prakash defended Reshmi Ramnarine’s appointment in 2010, then sat by and said nothing when the SOE was called; when Sat Maharaj was running rampant all over the Tunapuna Hindu School, when the fake assassination plot was leaked and used as a justification for the constitutional infringement that was the SOE; he remained quiet on the Crop Duster and almost all things to do with the incompetent CoP Dwayne Gibbs. In short the COP that was once associated with political independence, fairness, non-partisanship has in fact that it is nothing more than a Trojan Horse for the UNC…..they assisted that party into a position of power and continue to serve the interests of the UNC…not the interests of their supporter. But kill Pri…Prakash dead people too stupid to realise that, right.

The No-Fire Man!

As I mention Gibbs and buss throat…the PSC looking to find out who could fire Gibbs. well I weak…we hire a man and dont know who could fire him? Not the same people who hire him? You aint see this country on real Pappy Show?

 

De Vice Cyah Done!