As the newspaper headlines and electronic media air waves shout out news of TT Opposition Leader’s very unusual move to go for the jugular of the country’s revered President Pala-Mae Weekes, political pundits are placing bets on whether the woman who had the distinction to serve as this country’s first female Prime Minister is now …
He must have surely reached very close to his tipping point in the face of an avalanche of attacks mounted with increasing intensity from all sides in this political war of words where no prisoners are taken. How else could any reasonable person explain why Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister find himself in a verbal …
Very few people observed how TT Police Commissioner Gray Griffith was being sidelined from power with the departure of the National Security Minister Stuart Young and the surfacing of Fitzgerald Hinds to that exalted position last April.In our April 23 issue headed “Watching the Last Red Men with Cockee Eye”, ttinsider.com drew a tenuous link …
As fresh Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Elections approach, the biggest potential game changer in the democratic republic is being discussed only in hushed tones.Under the cover of COVID – 19 and its variations, half of the voting population is scared.While very few are talking about the massive 6-6 chopping dealt upon the PNM Tree …
Yes, many were downright appalled at how Keith Rowley had been obviously “set up” by the handlers of an enthusiastic Indian woman who enticingly protruded her rear end into the TT PM’s tool box in San Fernando Carnival Tuesday 2015 for what must have been a fleetingly most enjoyable scandalous front page photo opportunity. The …
It was a straight case of how attorneys for Anil’s pick-up side could be caught in a jaw-dropping position of compromise by an esteemed senior counsel holding the brief for a Jamaican lamb brought to the slaughter at the Port of Spain Abattoir.
Somewhere in the jerky intervals between gasping for oxygen during his social media asthmatic attacks against TT’s usually dignified Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Anil Roberts is presenting a close resemblance to Anand Ramlogan
This is not intended in any way to diminish the reputation of the star of Trinbago’s popular ”Dougla Politics” show who relishes in near-orgasmic Senate sessions where he takes pot shots at colleagues and randomly targets others from his illusory life-sport garrison, ad nauseam.
It’s been quite some time since the Keith Rowley-led PNM (People’s National Movement) government has been caught with awkward platform lines that haunted them for years (such as Desmond Cartey’s “All ah we thief!” declaration before Rowley was PM).
This is regarded by many as the seed planted as a popular buzz word in the Port of Spain Central Market where powerful word- of- mouth propaganda triggered the national conversation that sent the PNM into defeat in the general elections that followed.
It might have been mere coincidence, but Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar could not have chosen a better time than now to use House Speaker Bridgette Annisette-George to move a ‘No Confidence’ motion against the PNM government.
After all, for those who know about spirits flying loose in various cycles , this is the fifth-anniversary year time for the smiling ghost of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning to “wheel and come again”
What may be the most difficult proposition for any leader who wants to keep his people in train, is how to get his message across while still achieving the specifically desired after-effect.
When the revered Caribbean intellectual leader Dr. Eric Williams told his post-slavery populace in 1956 that “Fete Done!”, little did he imagine that they got the deep feeling that there was no more real need for them to work.
Fast forward to July 1990 when an Islamic cleric and former policeman took over a whole government by violent means and shouted to the seething crowd outside the TT Parliament: “Do not Loot!”
Unlike the Williams case, everybody in Town knew exactly what Imam Yasin Abu Bakr meant as they proceeded to raid stores, groceries and shops for items which they could carry in their pockets, bosoms, and on their backs.
When she daintily stepped onto the pavement for yet another virtual meeting on Monday night (March 22), TT Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s hesitant start belied the dragon which she was holding on a leash for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Looking just as polished in mean time was her 71-year old Tobago “ah we boy” political adversary who had appeared a few days before on national television looking as fit as a fiddle with his face and bald pate nicely smoothed out like a beautiful black baby’s bottom – seemingly ready to take on all comers in his “Conversation” about the COVID-19 situation here.
As usual, Rowley had great expectations about how quickly he would knock his most vulnerable, punch-drunk opponent out of the ring as he squared off to ram in a few of his favourite blows below the belt. After all, this is where he has always located his former Prime Minister’s weak points, forever painting her in the stock image of a woman staggering through a maze of reckless debauchery and alcohol, especially of the puncheon kind.