Globetrotting UNC chairman Jack Warner, like his political leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, had his spies in the PNM's annual convention at Chaguaramas, even as he attended the mammoth Voice of the People rally in Saith Park, Chaguanas, yesterday afternoon. In a brief address to the gathering, prefaced, and ended by Sparrow's 1971 calypso, Economic Slavery, Warner said he was told there were placards on display at the PNM rally warning PNM faithful that he was using his money for political gain and wanted to buy T&T. Warner, when wearing his next hat as Fifa vice-chairman, is always on the the go outside T&T, and, in fact, had just returned the night before from a four-day trip to Israel, and was off again last night.
To the PNM taunt, Warner told the Saith Park audience he agreed that T&T was not for sale.
"Calder Hart buy it already," Warner declared to cheers from the crowd. He urged them not to be distracted by the PNM, who would used "unimaginable" tactics to sway them away from the unity course being charted by the Opposition forces led by Persad-Bissessar. "They like kuchoor," Warner observed, adding that he was being served a swathe of writs, aimed at tying him up in court, but he had already hired two English QCs to deal with the matters on which he had been served. Watching the crowd wave T&T red, white and black flags with gay abandon, Warner said: "Keep this one love alive. For God's sake, keep it alive."
He said his spies had told him Prime Minister Patrick Manning had promised at the PNM rally yesterday to bring out the PNM faithful in full force to Port-of-Spain to support him on April 9, when a no confidence motion brought by Persad-Bissessar is to be debated in the Lower House. The Opposition, however, would speak with their fingers, when the time for voting to move the PNM came about, Warner vowed. Explaining his choice of calypso to preface, then close his speech, Warner noted that 40 years later Sparrow's words were coming to pass again. The Treasury was again being raped; the public purse was being plundered; a million ways were being found to break the law and help friends and family to gain riches.