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Prakash showing why he’s unfit to lead COP
Regrettably and overbearing now, Trinidad and Tobago is again witnessing a ruthless, shameful and senseless attack on the country’s most favourite and energetic Minister in the People’s Partnership Government, Jack Warner. Although he has faced the best of jabs from the opposition forces, Mr Warner has carried himself as a dignified gentleman, shouldering his responsibilities as Minister of National Security with pride and dignity. It is indeed sad, and goes beyond logic to know that Congress of the People (COP) leader, Prakash Ramadhar, and its vice chairman, Vernon De Lima, have stooped so low as to join these negative forces in condemning Mr Warner.
Apparently, Mr Ramadhar lacks the decorum and basic leadership skills to sensible carry the COP party forward during these nation-building times. His role as a leader of one of the four political parties that comprise the governing People’s Partnership government is critical and as such has an impartial nationalistic responsibility in the consensus decision-making processes.
The bigger picture should always be about the people, not petty party politics and certainly not about bashing your government colleagues in the public domain. Every leader or member could have his or her grievances or concerns heard and addressed in a decent, dignified manner.
The COP was founded as a ray of hope on good principles by its founder, Winston Dookeran, who fought against the odds, toiled long and hard to build its membership and help form the present PP Government when the country was crying out for change after years of neglect and mismanagement by the inert People’s National Movement (PNM).
Since his taking over the leadership of the COP, Prakash Ramadhar continues to show a foregone conclusion that the COP is steadily losing popularity. With a sense of boastful pride one may even say the COP achievements over the years pales in comparison to that of the Herculean works Mr Warner has done. Hence, if disenchantments like these continue unabated then the country will also continue to see the exodus of former UNC members leaving the COP in droves and heading back home to the UNC.
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