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So you vote, What now?
The throbbing of techno music has faded, the streamers have settled to the ground. Supporters clutch their keepsakes: PNM their T-shirts, UNC their cheapo vuvuzelas and ILP their phone cards. The referendum on the People’s Partnership government wound up with a predictable result: the UNC was pushed back to its base with some incursions into its hallowed territory by the PNM thanks in part to the splitting of votes in some districts by Jack Warner’s four-month-old Independent Liberal Party.
The Congress of the People was read its last rites and the Movement for Social Justice didn’t move at all. With little or no money to lavish on event planners and video production houses, David Abdulah and his band of idealists were left out in the cold.
In the aftermath of what was considered to be an almost R-rated campaign, commentators and ordinary citizens weighed in on the blush-inducing quality of the platform rhetoric, harping on the “stinkness” that issued from the politicians’ mouths during the local government elections ratiray. Strange, though, that these critics among us don’t hold themselves to the same standards of decency they demand.
In the wake of the PNM’s apparent resurgence, supporters gleefully abandoned all decorum, describing Jack Warner as a “nasty, stinkin’ dutty so-and-so.” What, though, was the lesson from this “democratic” exercise? Many have remarked that the success of the PNM at the polls meant that the people of Trinidad have sent a message to the government. OK, but what is the message? “If you don’t step down we will vote you out?” At the end of it all, what has really been achieved by all of this noise?
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