Allegations of corruption and poor governance will plague every government everywhere. Nevertheless, we will still have government. In Trinidad and Tobago, we have been dealing with the issue of the Life Sport Programme and the recent audit revealed serious mismanagement of the Programme. In local dialect, “dey tief the money,” and that will be the narrative of some of the now terminated programme. The courage of the Prime Minister to terminate Life Sport is commendable and her actions are demonstrating a rightness in leadership in a country that is hard to govern.
In regards to what she should do with Sport Minister Anil Roberts is an entirely different manner. Honestly, we like the Sport Minister not for his inability to give proper oversight to the Life Sport Programme, but for his big mouth and the fact that he is a loose cannon. Call him what you like and by no means this is funny, but Anil’s dilemma whether he stays or goes; he is not going to shut up, he is still a loose cannon, and it is just part of a political strategy to keep the PNM from talking about the future. We will get back to this and why the PNM should be careful.
The reality is, the government is delivering, probably not as fast as some impatient citizens would like, or their personal expectations of what they expect the government to give them. We want, but we don’t want to give, and there is little to no concept of personal sacrifice given for country. Rather we operate on what we can get individually to enrich ourselves and that is what happened in Life Sport.
If and when the Prime Minister removes Anil Roberts from her cabinet for his mismanagement of the Life Sport Programme, which she should; this does not change the narrative of what the 2015 election will be about if the PNM continues to behave the way it does.
Let’s get this straight. Life Sport stinks but it is poor political strategy to talk about it for the next ten months. The government has the next ten months to be the government, and calls for an early election is neither effective because it is simply not going to happen; it is foolish. We don’t know the outcome of 2015, the pot is still bubbling, but there is a segment of the population that will decide the election; so whether or not Anil resigns, the PP wants to PNM to be loud, angry and vex. Unfortunately this is a trap the leadership appears to be consistently walking into and falling for.
The lack of self-control, self-discipline and simply poor communication is at the heart of a PNM that in the past four years they have not convinced those in the middle that they are the better alterative. Given that they have provided no plans but began an oral history that the country of Trinidad and Tobago began on May 24th 2010, they have effectively sought to wipe out the memory of nation for their stinker acts. The older you are, the more sins your rack up but the sins of political parties aren’t forgiven, like those of humankind. They have a record and this is why people continue to be skeptical of the PNM – their record is longer and stinker. Is this the election they want to have, or do they want to have an election on issues, on alternatives.
As we look around the world and see how world events are shaping up though we may be far might not be far from Gaza physically there might be some Gaza like conditions right here in Trinidad and overtime if we collect the data on the horrific crime rate in Trinidad, we can identify those who have been disproportionately affected. Is this the election they want to have, or do they want to have an election on issues, on alternatives.
“It is a foolish dog that barks at flying bird.” I would advice the PNM to call a cease-fire. They inflict more damage on themselves the moment they open their mouths. This government has managed to lead the Opposition in a dance of deception, a political strategy so well crafted, that the supporters themselves of the PNM fuel it. They need a reality check. Political aggressiveness will not work over a strategy of no alternative.
Sending the Life Sport audit to the DPP for examination of criminal wrongdoing was the only thing the Prime Minister could have done and terminating the program even better, but regrettably the lives it were intended to save. So if Anil goes, or if he stays, there will be no early elections. Why waste the next ten months attacking the government – it is exactly what the PP wants the PNM to do.