Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he is disgusted with an attack on a seven-year-old child by Radio Talk show host at Power 102 FM, Barrington ‘Skippy’ Thomas, who allegedly made defamatory remarks about the child whose mother photographed her with Dr Rowley on Carnival Tuesday.
The matter has also engaged the attention of the Children’s Authority.
Speaking to Guardian Media yesterday, PM Rowley linked the attack to the Opposition United National Congress. Rowley said, “I have seen it and I am disgusted .... such sick and nasty behaviour from a radio personality like Barrington Thomas who is doing nothing that Vernella Alleyne did not attempt to do to me for the political benefit of his paymasters in the UNC.”
Rowley added, “This senseless debasing of this child and her parents comes from the hymn book of the UNC. It is simply another attempt at slandering me with a revolting narrative which they all believe will damage me and redound to the benefit of the UNC. “
He said this was not the first attempt to assassinate his character.
“You may recall sometime last year Kamla Persad-Bissessar put some young mother, who is wholly unknown to me, on a UNC platform to say that I was inappropriate with her seven-year-old daughter? When that failed to stir the sensible public she brought on one called Carlton Dennie on the UNC platform to tell a most monstrous lie that I instructed him to fire all Indians at the SSA. All of this is of recent vintage but is not disconnected from the older woman from Diego Martin who was produced by Ian Alleyne under Mrs Persad-Bissessar’s guidance in 2015, to say that I assaulted her teenage daughter almost 30 years ago,” Rowley said.
He added, “Then there were the Moonilal banners in south Trinidad making similar claims and of course there was Vernella Alleyne-Toppin in the Parliament under the guidance and approval of Mrs Kamla Persad—Bissessar and Roodal Moonilal.”
Rowley said whilst this latest behaviour of this former UNC candidate/ convict should outrage every decent, right thinking citizen “just remember it is no accident or madness.”
“It is all part of a dastardly plan constantly being put to work by a group of citizens who care about only themselves and don’t give a hoot whom they destroy in their quest for political power. This is to be condemned and the architects should be censored,” he added.
He also said, “I trust that given the level of indecency and boldfacedness that the relevant authority could come to the aid of these parents and certainly protect this innocent child.”
Meanwhile, operations manager at Power 102 Ruben Mohammed said the station is looking into what transpired to determine whether any action needs to be taken. He said, “The station will always do what is right for the station, its shareholders and the audience.”