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Nacta: Poorer people back Glen

...middle class supports his dismissal
Sunday, March 30, 2014

An opinion poll being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers’ Association (Nacta) found mixed reactions from 310 respondents over Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s firing of Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh. Ramadharsingh’s appointment was revoked by Persad-Bissessar following allegations of misbehaviour aboard a Caribbean Airline’s flight from Tobago.



The poll, coordinated by Vishnu Bisram, found that respondents were supportive of Persad-Bissessar's decision to fire Ramadharsingh—73 per cent said yes, 18 per cent said no, and nine per cent did not respond. The poll said many felt the PM’s action “sends a strong message that she will not tolerate the arrogant behaviour of her ministers. Overall, people are of the view that Persad-Bissessar's action demonstrates strong leadership and that she took the right action to preserve the integrity of her government."


However, others said Persad-Bissessar could have found an alternative way to discipline Ramadharsingh. Many of the respondents felt that Ramadharsingh should be given a second chance as he was a very good minister.  The poorer class is supportive of Ramadharsingh, while the middle, professional and business classes felt he had to send a strong message of zero tolerance against ill behaviour by public officials.