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Proof in the Pudding

Friday, December 6, 2013

The phrase “the proof is in the pudding” is actually an abridged form of the actual proverb which states “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” According to the Mc Graw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, the statement means “you cannot be sure that you have succeeded until you have examined the result of your efforts.”


And while the reference to “pudding” may be suitable for the Yuletide season, its applicability to this article is the effect of the recent changes in the Senate, namely the removal of political veterans Pennelope Beckles-Robinson and Fitzgerald Hinds and the appointments of newcomers Dianne Baldeo-Chadeesingh, Avinash Singh and the new Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, former member in the Lower House Camille Robinson-Regis.


The move has generated public comment, not so much about the two fresh faces that will have to prove themselves as good parliamentary material, but with respect to the termination of the service of Beckles-Robinson. When asked to explain his decision to remove Beckles-Robinson, Dr Rowley stated that “the Parliament is not the end of anything” and that the former senator remains a high-ranking member of the PNM in her position as head of the Women’s League.


But while being a senior member of the party is important, it must be admitted that her removal as a senator does reduce her national profile and makes it more difficult for her to succeed in the quest, if that is her ambition, to become political leader of the PNM.


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