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Vendetta via vote
It was indeed curious that most PP Ministers made a point in their 2014 budget contributions of thanking all their staff at length. But COP MP Winston Dookeran’s delivery doubled the queries when he concluded by reminiscing about his years as an MP, projecting he “didn’t know what the next year would be.” “He sounded as though he was delivering his swansong...it was an epitaph, an epilogue—he’s on his way, he’s travelling somewhere,” PNM’s Colm Imbert opined.
PNM Senator Lester Henry summarised it in yesterday’s Senate debate, “They’re in the twilight of their term.” If PP members sounded as though preparing for something momentous, the three-year-old Government indeed starts the new financial year with not just one but two elections. It is the UNC’s luck (or curse) that it attracts elections in multiple: the 2000 general polls which was drawn out into repeats in 2001 and 2002. All emanating from splits in that administration that ended badly.
Now PP-incarnated, the political tests which that aggregation has so far failed in PNM-dominated Tobago and (now former) heartland, Chaguanas West, make for an ominous staging point for the October local government challenge across T&T, and a St Joseph by-election in the East-West corridor by December. Hence, probably, Dookeran’s sombre perspective.
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