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Political life lessons for PP, PNM from ANR’s legacy
Much as he did in life with action that shaped T&T’s destiny over the years, the late Arthur NR Robinson may have served even in death to bring forth that which might continue to do so in future. For that reason and many others, as well as being the only leader to hold the posts of Tobago House of Assembly head, Prime Minister and President, Robinson has passed into the annals of history in a chapter all of his own.
Robinson’s assortment of roles in life bears this out. Carving Tobago’s path. As PNM game-changer. A NAR unity “magnet”. Or not. Leaving an ICC legacy for the world. And as President who indeed tested the boundaries of the office, as his successor George Maxwell Richards has said. In it all, whether loved or loathed, Robinson served as an instrument in one form or another, promoting and/or bringing issues and matters either to consensus or crossroads and beyond.
Such leadership is never easy and Robinson bore the wounds—both literally and figuratively—despite Chief Justice Ivor Archie’s bid at Thursday’s funeral to bring closure on at least one controversial aspect pertaining to the 2001 UNC/PNM election deadlock. The messages and lessons for T&T contained within some of the tributes paid to him on Thursday, may hardly be the last that flows from Robinson’s legacy. One with which the words “moral and spiritual values” will probably always be linked.