Last Thursday night, mere hours after securing bail, embattled Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner issued what can be seen as a threat to PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar: "The gloves are off...Having jailed me, as of tonight all bets are off. Everything I have against Kamla I will bring it out. I have kept it too long."
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar, in what is undeniably the come-back of the decade, quipped that the gloves were obviously coming off because handcuffs had to be worn next.
Jack's statements are not only ludicrous, but reflect desperation. Does he really expect any right-thinking person to believe that the Prime Minister was responsible for his imprisonment and extradition proceedings?
Last Wednesday, the US Department of Justice said that Warner was among several high-ranking football officials charged with racketeering and bribery offences. Is Warner implying that PM Persad-Bissessar is so powerful that she can influence the operations of the US Department of Justice?
As for Warner's threats of releasing purported information on corruption, we must not forget the fact that he had fully co-operated with the PNM to remove Suruj Rambachan as the Mayor of Chaguanas. In 2013, Narsingh Rambarran, a former councillor for the COP in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, confessed how he worked with Warner to bring down Rambachan and replace him with Natasha Navas, a political unknown.
Rambarran is said to have stated that Warner made several promises to him in return for his support including making him a deputy mayor and assured him that he would have a bright political future.
Instead, he (Rambarran) was simply used for purely political purposes. Warner had gone after Rambachan because he had his own battles with Basdeo Panday, the former leader of the United National Congress (UNC).
At that time he deemed what he did to Rambachan as collateral damage. We see now that with the Fifa, world football organisers, that history is repeating itself and Warner is at the centre of the football storm.
In 2009, at the swearing-in ceremony for Navas as the new Mayor of Chaguanas, Warner accused Panday and the UNC of working with PNM members of the Rio Claro/Mayaro Corporation to regain control of the corporation.
He claimed that this was all part of a plan to "lick up Gypsy" and remove him as MP. But Winton Gypsy Peters is still the Member of Parliament for Ortoire/Mayaro, a post that he first won in 2000. Under the UNC, he now seeks another parliamentary term.
Today, Warner is threatening to come clean about how he financed the UNC in 2010 which has been denied by both the prime minister as well as the MP for Fyzabad, Chandresh Sharma, who at one time would have been the party's treasurer.
Warner also said he spent millions of dollars on legal fees for Panday and his wife Oma and paid for the rental of cars for Panday as well as gifts of computers. Panday responded to Warner that, "if what he is saying is true, I am still asking him to account for the $30 million he received on behalf of the party." One can easily see a pattern emerging here.
Last Wednesday, Warner released a statement after the news broke about the Fifa scandal.
He said: "The people of Trinidad and Tobago will know that I quit FIFA and international football more than four years ago and that over the past several years I have recommitted my life..." But again, the facts reveal that these charges have nothing to do with the last four years but go as far back as 1991.
How can any reasonable person possibly not ask, if while he was a minister of government he took a note to Cabinet (twice) for the removal of a fire truck at the cost of $10 million and on both occasions was refused? That fire truck was subsequently removed but the cost of this removal is still not known.
Warner recently made a video of himself in which he relied upon an article from a satirical newspaper known as The Onion. One can only guess who Warner will blame for the New York Times, ABC Online, The Toronto Sun and CBS News having a good laugh at Warner's ignorance over the existence of the Onion "clown."
Warner has officially made himself an international laughing stock and he apparently intends to make more videos of himself.
Locally, Warner is reported to now being the subject of bankruptcy proceedings.
As reported in Newsday, Faaiq Mohammed on July 24 last year, won a libel case against Warner which so far has not been satisfied. He announced bankruptcy proceedings against Jack.
Warner's unsupported claims have been lapped up by none other than Opposition PNM Leader, Dr Keith Rowley for self-serving political mileage.
Rowley is now asking Warner to clear the air on Section 34. A desperate call to a desperate man by a desperate politician.
With these latest developments, it is safe to say that the political cemetery will soon be riddled with the remains of politicians who committed foolish political suicide.