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Gypsy on Penny’s show at UNC event: Politicians are all good friends
Although Government and Opposition members criticise each other daily, Community Development Minister Winston “Gypsy” Peters says that they are all friends. Responding to the public surprise caused by the appearance of sacked People’s National Movement (PNM) senator Penelope Beckles-Robinson at an event hosted by Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal on the weekend, yesterday, Peters said: “That is a sign of maturity. What’s wrong with that?”
On Saturday, Beckles-Robinson patronised Moonilal’s Curry Duck and International Table Beating Competition at Fun Splash, Debe. Yesterday, Peters said he too visited PNM members and was a frequent guest at Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s Diego Martin home. Peters said: “Ms Beckles is my friend and if she is having something I will go to it.
“If Minister Moonilal is having something and Ms Beckles choose to go there, nothing should be read into that. I want to say something here to people who don’t know, I go to Keith Rowley’s house all the time and I am a UNC. I go to Keith Rowley’s house because he is my friend. I am not a PNM so what is wrong with that?
“We have to realise hat we are a country of 1.3 million people and 1.3 million is not a lot of people by any stretch of the imagination. We are invariably going to know each other in one way or the other and you can’t ‘unknow’ people.
“So if Ms Beckles goes to something that Mr Moonilal is having, or if Ms Beckles wants to go to something that Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar is having, or if Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar wants to go to something that Keith Rowley is having, what is wrong with that? We all know each other, we are friends. Nothing is wrong with that.”
Speaking on speculations that Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner would rejoin the United National Congress, Peters said all were welcome in the party. He added that he had no problems if PNM supporters wanted to join the party. “I think that everybody should come together. The only people I don’t want to welcome are a next government but I want to welcome anybody who wants to stay with our party. I think that is what we all should do,” he said.
Asked if former prime minister Basdeo Panday and former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj also were welcome, he said: “This includes anybody who wants to come and join the party, as long as they come and join the party so that we can unify ourselves.
“If people from the PNM want to join the UNC that is fine, I have nothing against that. Politics is flowing and people go from party to party all the time.
“It happens all over the world. It is not unique to us and I will welcome anybody who will want to join our party. I think we should go on a drive and a campaign to get people to join our party.”
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