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Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Connecting the PNM small-island dots
I thought I was done with the small-islanders last week, but the PNM, and a couple of conversations, convinced me otherwise. PNM ads are asking younger voters to “believe” in them. This takes cojones, considering the party’s history. And it’s extremely annoying.
The conversations were with people from whom I got the impression that the small-island columns were inflaming Afrocentrists. And anything I can do to set that lot afire, I have to continue, on principle. Apparently, I’m racistly [sic] accusing small-islanders, who happen to be African, of being criminals, when “is dem wot bill (build) de corntree.” If only facts weren’t so, well, factual. Let’s start with the PNM and the creation of the environment of post-independence.
Karl Hudson-Phillips, addressing the Organisation for National Reconstruction in 1984, outlined the PNM modus operandi. Mr Hudson-Phillips, a former PNM AG, said of its post-independence strategy: “Having got rid of the former colonial masters, the strategy was to turn the forces which had been unleashed…against local institutions.” The praxis: “the power of churches…had to be curbed…Muslims were played off against Hindus and the Hindu community against itself and the rest of the nation.”
These intentions, he said, were codified in a Statement of Principles, which read: “Under the guise of independent strong government, the government centralised all power in itself and one man. The utilities had to be controlled by the central government…The civil servants had to be subjugated [to] carry out the will of elected representatives.”
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