By PHILLIP ALEXANDER PEP Political Leader
I have been ignoring the PNM Road Map 22 committee because I saw it for what it was. Political posturing and a chance to eat ah food. No, it’s not right, but it is what it is.
Needing to create such a committee while having a Cabinet of presumably capable and competent Cabinet Ministers begs a lot of questions as to the competence of those Ministers, so miss me with the Vasant Bharath political prostitution and the bullshit about wanting to help.
There is not one person on that committee who is there for Trinidad. Every single one of them is there for his or her advancement and agenda.
Vasant lost out early in the challenge for the leadership game to a vindictive Kamla Persad-Bissessar, now burnt twice by his opportunism, and has been looking for a political home for a while. Like many others incapable of building ‘the new’ they pay so much lip service to, hitching a ride was always going to be the next best thing. His Covid-19 government supporting video was the human equivalent of dogs sniffing each other’s butts for danger.
Think of the Optics
Having successfully sniffed Dr Keith Rowley’s, this ‘appointment’ is Rowley sniffing back.
For his part, Rowley would be a fool to miss the opportunity to ‘snatch’ one of Kamla’s ‘Indians’ and a chance to send him to fight the St. Augustine seat, a seat the PNM is already sure to lose so nothing ventured, nothing gained.
But think of the optics in the politics of ‘one-upmanship’ that seems to tickle the cheap seats and the low information voters that surround those parties.
But back to the Committee vs the Cabinet. How is this not redundancy?
Put a simpler way, ALL that we have gone through responding to Covid-19 should have been modelled and prepared for in each Ministry on the front line. More importantly, from the moment the economy was shut down, technocrats in Finance and Planning should have been pressed into service using existing experiential models and new projections to create realities for our situation, planning for the credit infusion that the restart will surely require.
And that’s it.
Access to government’s contract
We’ve been mothballed for weeks, not years.
We understand social distancing and how to wear a mask.
Demand is there. Labour is there. Credit is required.
To what end do these now 23 minds get pressed into service outside of that?
A new model to sell fast food experience?
How else to exploit and parlay access to government to get contracts?
What next to do politically to dumb the simple-minded down into believing that a security guard ‘wuk’ is a career?
Everything that Trinidad needs (and Tobago to an extent) is already known and exists outside the exploitation of the Contract Mafia friends of the PNM and UNC.
Creating more committees of names and faces is simple politics. Do not read anything else into it.
I would be surprised if their recommendations are of any value beyond rehashed double-speak and sound-bites that make it sound as if there is a plan and the government know what it is doing.
Honour the pimp/John agreement and confidentiality relationship, take your endorsements, blow them up to larger than life, and play them for the media.
In that regard, Vasant, like many of the other faces in that crowd, is perfect for that post, no disrespect intended to the bunch of hopeless opportunists and ‘names’ for hire.