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Looking for scapegoat in failed debate
A sad day for democracy in the country, according to the honorable ladies and gentlemen of the T&T Debates Commission, after announcing the cancellation of Tuesday’s second debate in connection with next Monday’s local government elections. And in all the confusion which surrounded the cancellation, an attempt was made to put the blame squarely on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, after it was said she had “pulled out” of the event, which caused other leaders of the political parties to follow suit.
I, however, humbly beg to suggest that the event which was scheduled for leaders of the respective parties was not put into jeopardy by the PM and that trying to do so somebody was playing the fool with stupidness. And the question must be put who really was playing the mickey with our democracy. If one should take a completely unbiased and dispassionate look at the facts in this tragicomedy, nobody in their right mind could honestly accuse the Prime Minister of being culpable in the derailment of the much looked-for event.
If my facts are correct, Monday’s session ws supposed to be attended by leaders of the respective political parties, whose senior members attended the first such session last week. In going against its own set rules, the commission used its “discretion” and allowed the Movement for Social Justice to participate even though it is not fighting at least 75 per cent of the seats in Monday’s polls.
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