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T&T can exhale with Kamla’s win

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The country can exhale now. Kamla has annihilated her opponents. Some, like Christine and Chanda (the two C’s) rashly picked up the formidable gauntlet. Some, like Vasant, declined after vaunting much their eagerness to accept. Others, like Ganga and Bhoe, self-piloted to inconsequence, having sensed the futility of bidding to unseat the Queen of Hearts.

Analysing the final tally, there were hardly any surprises—Kamla got 20,328 likes, the two C’s hardly troubled the scorers: between them, a mere 159.

For all statistical intents and purposes, Kamla picked up 100 per cent of the votes cast.

In any practising democracy, that’s not scary: that’s out-and-out charisma.

In Trinidad and Tobago, it also manifests profound nostalgia. And a nationwide yearning to return to the polls sooner, rather than later. Were I the Government of the day, I’d be scared. Deeply petrified. One hundred per cent in favour of Kamla implies a major character fault exists in the Rowley governance model. Time shall tell whether I’m correct.

Right or wrong, time shall also tell if Rowley learnt anything. And if anything Rowley does in future can blunt Kamla’s political savvy and deep-set likeability which she has proven again.

Richard Wm Thomas