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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Drunk With Power
The video of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, which has gone viral on the Internet and which had reporters searching for euphemisms to describe the PM’s detachment from reality as she addressed UNC (not PP) supporters on Monday night, should be enough to convince her Cabinet and party colleagues to orchestrate her quiet removal from office. Political office, by its very nature, unless great steps are taken to prevent it, ensures an incumbent becomes detached from the reality affecting the average citizen.
We saw it happen to Basdeo Panday and Patrick Manning, who became drunk with the power of office and were so detached from reality that they had not noticed the political ground shifting beneath them. Whatever Persad-Bissessar is imbibing is clearly made of stronger stuff, as not even Manning or Panday was ever so psychotic that they mistook political defeat for victory. The problem is not so much Persad-Bissessar’s as it is a problem for the people around her.
Someone needs to make a personal intervention not just to save the People’s Partnership administration (that is increasingly becoming impossible) but to prevent the PM from doing harm to the country. There are two worrying examples. The first is the text message sent by Persad-Bissessar, clearly still filled with the previous night’s exuberance, in which she took a negotiating position that committed not just the UNC but the PP to not negotiating with “criminals.”
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