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It takes guts to do the right thing
Yet another controversy has had to be dealt with by the Prime Minister. Governments of the past, present and no doubt the future have had, and will have their fair share. Dealing with it is the difference. It is significant that two individuals featured in the downfall of the PNM in 1995, the UNC in 2001, and are threatening the tenure of the present Govt, which should now reflect and contemplate on the way forward.
Arrogance and haughtiness must not be allowed to creep in, and this latest incident is a wake-up call for all the sleepers in parliament. The UNC alone is not the government. The COP is a part of it also. There are ministers and senators, and their members enjoy the spoils of government. But the minute the government does not look good, their first stance is to distance themselves.
The people voted for this partnership and they have to check on each other, not turn and run each time obstacles present themselves. Standing their ground and demanding a better government and a better country can never be gutless. Bringing a law that would allow persons to be set free without a trial is gutless and the easy way out, and the entire Parliament is responsible, as improvements to the judiciary is what is required. Running a country is challenging and we must show that we are up to this challenge. We do not have to extricate ourselves in order to demand accountability.
The onus is on these politicians to show their character and strength of resolve and to demonstrate that coalition politics can be successful, otherwise it’s back to one party take all.
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