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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Political PR for PP
It may not have been an encouraging note for the Government to have started off the new session of Parliament yesterday by failing to answer questions on the agenda.
It hardly meshed with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s promise on Thursday for accelerated delivery. But the Government has bigger issues than parliamentary questions pending, not the least of which was yesterday’s proportional representation legislation debate which came smack in the middle of Thursday’s Cabinet reshuffle and Monday’s 2013-2014 budget presentation.
Information overload apart, all three developments are clearly geared at boosting the ailing PP’s political health after suffering cut and fatal thrusts, including in two elections between January and July, and consequent haemorrhaging. The package is aimed at reviving the coalition for the October 21 local government poll, possibly a final test which will determine the rest of its life in office.
Little surprise, Persad-Bissessar has moved to reboot her Cabinet following criticisms (from former chum Jack Warner) to rework traditional voting arrangements (via the PR legislation) and possibly stoke interest via the other type of PR, public relations (with Monday’s budget).
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