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Undercurrents in PNM, UNC
Seasonal spirit flooded yesterday’s Parliament session, not only via the red attire worn by both PP and PNM MPs, but also with PP House leader Roodal Moonilal’s wisecracking which conveniently managed to encompass this week’s political undercurrents. Hear Moonilal during debate: “The opposition had two speakers in this debate last week—the Chaguanas West MP (Jack Warner) is a member of the Opposition.
“The Tabaquite MP (Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj) lose about 10 deposit in elections...he was your (PNM’s) platform partner in St James recently, you should be aware of his thinking.” On PNM: “They win three elections and they still in Opposition! They win warm-up matches and they feel they win the Ashes!” And PNM business: “All of them on the (PNM) front bench gone, they’re all expected to go—they just don’t know it yet... but I only organise duck cooks and table beating...not PNM business,” Moonilal added.
As with yesterday’s Parliament gathering, seasonal spirit might have been blamed for certain conduct elsewhere recently. But in election high-gear shifting, PNM lady vice chairman Penny Beckles’ attendance at a UNC curry duck lime for instance, and PNM leader Keith Rowley’s inclusion on the Prime Minister’s South African trip will still also be political cannon fodder.
The two leaders’ united front personified T&T’s own rainbow image at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, presenting a feel-good “breather” in a year of fierce political fighting. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s decision to tote Rowley along and choosing him to view the body with her will boost her leadership and political savyy stocks, after maintaining a positive high T&T profile via her own unity platform overseas.
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