If we look for truth, we will find it. If we seek knowledge we will learn from the learned and the knowledgeable even from those who we may consider just ordinary folk and simple mem­bers of the working class if we are prepared to listen.
There are times when it is necessary to mingle with the so-called “grass roots “, the so-called “ordinary workers”, who in real­ity have more common sense than the highly educated and those who enjoy political power. The forego­ing are the words of a childhood friend of the past who I had not seen for years. I had stopped at a gas station to check the pressure of a tyre in my car when he came up and said don’t roll up your sleeves boss man I will check the tyre for you. I realized it was Syl, taxi driver truck driver, chauffeur, and cricketer. I told him forget this “boss man” talk we are still friends. He invited me to the pa­vilion where a cricket match has just finished to have a beer with the boys and for an ole talk about the good ole days. However, the talk about the good ole cricket days soon became political talk. Listening to the views and opin­ions expressed by al the cricket­ers were not only enlightening but thought-provoking as they voiced their views about the political, economic, social, educational and crime facing the country.” One of the guys asked, “Do you read the Sunshine Today? I have copies. If you read it you will see the prob­lems facing the country and how they can be solved”. I agreed. Another said that “Jack Warner helped the club a few years ago by having the access roads repaired. But the ole queen fired him, now she saying she wants him back to help her win the next General Election, then, soon after, she said she doh need his help, she winning on she own.” Well dat I have to see” said another. “Row­ley said he doh want any advice from Jack and who is he to give advice, he also said the Sunshine Today is a “rag”. What an insult! He should be careful lest he ends up in the political cemetery like Panday, Dookeran, Ramadar, and Carolyn. “

Robinson outfoxed the silver fox

Mr. Warner is not like Panday whose naiveté in letting ANR Robinson, a man with whom he was often at variance decide in 2002 who will be the Prime Min­ister of Trinidad & Tobago. It is well known that Robinson did not have the power to appoint a Prime Minister. Devious, Machiavellian and crafty Robinson outfoxed the silver fox and made him just a gray-haired fox. It was a time to listen and learn and to hear the views of those on the so-called “ground” who were and are foot soldiers for the candidate or party of their choice. Those who were in the” trenches “with the candidate and who now appear to be disil­lusioned with the haughtiness, arrogance, self-righteousness, and conceit upon those who liter­ally “rode on their backs “to gain political power.“ Jack Warner, though seemingly out of politics, is more in it than even he thinks. Jack is the catalyst for political advancement. Many in the PNM, PP, and UNC know this in their hearts but stubbornly will not ad­mit it. He got Panday, Kamla and in the last election Keith Rowley into power. There is a possibil­ity that just as he got them in, he could if he wished to get them out”. The foregoing are the views of those who are the so-called “grassroots “the workers in industries.

We need leaders, not in love with money

These gentlemen seem more knowledgeable about the state of affairs in the land and who in my view can make the difference in the next election. The question is who could the nation choose to lead us in these troubled times. “We need leaders not in love with money, but with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humility.” (Martin Luther King).The questions are: Do we have such leaders? If not, is there one among us? I dare to ask: Who? From where? In all of T&T is there such an individual? If there is, will the individual have the support of all of us whatever our station in life? Realistically, I doubt, because we are trapped in the two-party system. The choice between the two current leaders is difficult. Syl says “it is rather like choosing which clown should manage the circus”. Neverthe­less, we have to be pragmatic and for the good of the country make a reasoned decision. We have to consider the proposed candidates of each party and the conduct and behaviour of the cur­rent politicians before coming to conclusions. “Time waits for no one it passes you by; it goes on forever like the clouds in the sky”. However, in some cases, time is of the essence. I recall this verse from Shakespeare’s Julius Cae­sar: There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. Ap­parently the time is now. If we love our country let us unite in the fight for good governance and support those who put God and country first.