Last weekend the two major political parties – the PNM and the UNC – brought out thousands of their supporters as they launched their campaign for the December 2 Local Government Election (LGE).
The PNM painted the Queen’s Park Savannah in Red, while down at the Couva Multi-Purpose Hall Yellow was the colour.
Some observers are saying that PNM supporters came out for the “lime” as they were seen eating pelau, drinking corn soup and grog, while UNC followers were more focused in what the speakers were saying, including Kamla Persad-Bissessar who was dishing out promises for the next General Election.
PM Dr Rowley was trying to convince his supporters that better days are coming and the best choice is the PNM as he urged the population to make the right choice and vote for his party in the December 2nd LGE.
Speaker after speaker in the UNC highlighted the poor road conditions across the country, the poor health care service, the poor economy and the spiralling crime problem, including murders.
But a week before the news that grabbed the headlines was about a fashion show featuring some sexy models in swimwear and bikinis at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port of Spain.
The show was hosted by StyleWeek at the Anglican Church to raise funds for the restoration of the 200-year-old building which was damaged by a powerful earthquake on August 21 last year.
Many condemned the type of swimsuits the models were wearing showing off their naked bottom, some describing the swimwear as “battie riders” which was not fitting for parading in the pew in the church.
Some parishioners saw it as a desecration of the holy site. Dean and Rector at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Reverend Ann Tenia said the fashion show was not meant to disrespect the place of worship.
She defended the use of the Church for the fashion show.
The reverend said it was unfortunate that out of all the designs which were showcased over the weekend, the only one that got major exposure were the controversial pieces.
The Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches condemned the show and it called the “desecration of a holy place.”
And others were talking about the election rallies by both the PNM and the UNC and also the fashion show where some sexy models were wearing swimsuits, which were sticking up in their bottoms as they paraded before the audience in the Trinity Cathedral.
The rum posse of Ramsingh, Balkie, Dougla, Rasta and Blacks met for their usual lime last weekend at their favourite watering hole, Corky’s bar and they had a lot of events in the country to talk about.
Ramsingh: “Barman ah start to parang, already. Me and some friends went by one ah meh pardner house and give him ah parang. Ent Gary say he and d police going an parang every house to look fuh criminals. But we went to parang for rum and food like wild meat.”
Barman: “Ah hope yuh could last until d Christmas because it early as yet to start to fete and it still have ah few weeks to go. Ah eh worry because ah know allyuh liver hard like stone, so d rum eh go affect yuh.”
Balkie: “Ramsingh did yuh go in d UNC rally? Blacks say he went in d Savannah by d PNM one, but d crowd was kind ah big. Ah hear Imbert say d crowd was about 20,000 people and another PNM politician say it was 18,000. How dem PNM could lie so? It look like lying is in dey DNA.
Blacks: “Allyuh still believing what Rowley saying? If ah vote nutten eh go change. D roads go be d same way bad, food prices go still go up, people go still have to lie down on ah stretcher in d hospitals for days before dey get ah bed, ah go still ketch meh arse fuh ah wuk. Ah hear Rowley say better days coming. Ah feel he dreaming. So ah not voting because nothing eh go change.”
Ramsingh: “Ah feel d treasury running dry. D government ketching hell to pay contractors. Dey eh have money to pave dem bad roads. Plenty government workers cyar get pay on time and it look like d economy in bad shape. Voters have to send ah message to Rowley in dis local government election dat dey cyar take dis suffering no more and he must go.”
Dougla: “Allyuh eh hear d big uproar over dem sexy models who was showing off dey bottom in d church. Ah remember Iwer George had sing ah song ‘bottom in d road’, but dis was bottom in d church. Jesus must be was turning in he grave. D swimsuit did not look bad but it had some of dem dat was sticking up in dey bottom as dey were walking on d stage. Dat really look bad!”
Blacks: “Yuh know dat make meh remember when ah use to go to church ah see ah owman standing in front of meh in d pew and she dress was sticking up in she bottom, so ah pull it out. She turn around an hit meh ah slap in d face. When ah went home meh wife ask me how me face so red so ah tell she what happen. She say dat good fuh yuh because yuh too fast.”
Balkie: “It really have some owman when dey sitting and dey get up dey dress does stick up in dey bottom. But Blacks yuh had no right to pull it out”.
Blacks: “Yuh know when ah went back to church d next week, ah see d same owman come and sit in front ah meh. Yuh know d same thing happen when she stand up. Ah pull it out again and she hit meh again. Ah say she must be like it so, so ah push it back inside and boy she hit meh with she bible. Meh madam ask meh how meh face swell. Ah tell she how d owman didn’t like meh to pull out d dress and ah push it back inside and ah get ah bible in meh face. She say dat good for yuh, when yuh go back to church do it again.”
Until next week.