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Prime Minister Pulling Out Of Debate No Surprise
Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar could not take another shellacking and one before the local poll in which her party is likely to lose more than a few of the regional corporations it won in the 2010 local poll. It is therefore no surprise that the PM pulled out of the debate; perhaps there was always the intention to have Ramadhar be the bobolee.
The surprise of the PM’s pull-out is the belief that they could hoodwink thinking people into accepting that it is an attempt to foster democracy within by allowing the leader of the minority Congress of the People to represent the coalition. One of the major failings of the PM and her government is the second- nature recourse to deception.
Nonetheless in dropping out, PM Persad- Bissessar is merely following the pattern of all sitting prime ministers, who have refused invitations to debate the opposition; the same individuals, however, have been only too willing to engage debate when in opposition. Listed among those are Patrick Manning, Basdeo Panday and ANR Robinson—I having personally invited them to television debates while they were in office.
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