By Brian G Stone
MBA, Business Consultant
Scapegoating is the act of blaming something, someone, or a group for something bad that has happened or that someone else has done. It is a common weapon in the political armoury when politicians require an escape. Passing the blame to others for their mistakes, errors or wrongdoings by finding scapegoats is a politician’s dreamscape, and the Coronavirus is Rowley’s government’s ‘Game of Thrones’ scapegoat of deception.
Coronavirus, adding insult to injury
Rowley’s ‘Game of Thrones’ is about seizing power to rule – in other words, winning the 2020 General Elections. PNM electioneering fraud is planned by embedding campaign goodies and favours hidden in the Coronavirus financial rescue package in a covert operation to loot the treasury (raiding the HSF fund) in deceiving the electorate. Shamefully, the Prime Minister’s Coronavirus briefing was riddled with insulting language directed at Kamla to further his election campaigning. We the people are in full agreement to support the efforts in helping legitimate victims infected and those affected by the economic fallout. However, we condemn the Rowley regime for playing politics by failing to prevent the crisis in the first place. Just weeks ago, over 50,000 foreigners were allowed to enter our country for Carnival and consequently putting at risk our entire nation to infection and possible fatalities. The statistical probability of infections in T&T caused by the Carnival events is extrapolated by calculation to be greater than 1,000 persons infected during Carnival (a hypothetical calculation based on statistical assumptions). Of course, to assume no infections from over 50,000 visitors is entirely foolish, reckless, and ill-advised.
The Rowley government demonstrated contempt for the Opposition when they rejected Kamla’s motion in Parliament to debate and treat the virus threat as serious, ‘important and urgent’, just weeks before last Wednesday’s declaration by the Prime Minister – who waited for Carnival to end before speaking – that our nation is now in an “emergency… a crisis”; and that “we are all in this together” as if the people caused the crisis. The motion by the opposition in raising the alarm, citing the risks of a crisis of immediate “importance & urgency” was rejected by the PNM administration not once, but three times! Even the citizens in their tens of thousands expressed their concern and pleaded with the government to postpone Carnival and protect the vulnerable. The voters too were denied and rejected by an inept, uncaring government! Yes, three times the Rowley regime refused to do anything about containing the virus- virtually no actions were taken. They negligently ignored the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations and the examples of other countries shutting down events.
Already the suffering is at our doorstep with 7 infected cases, a crippled economy and many people’s livelihoods devastated… and it’s likely to get worse! We pray our little nation is spared!!
To add insult to injury, the PNM politicians have concocted a smart-man scheme to abuse the grief and distress of our people in crisis to defraud the peoples’ treasury for their profiteering by electioneering benefits. Much like price-gouging by unscrupulous businessmen at the expense of poor and advantaged citizens, Rowley’s regime went into action with a sneaky, shrewd and corrupt mastermind plot to access the (protected) HSF multi-billion-dollar fund to pay for their election gimmickry of monetary handouts, gifts and favours to buy popularity, to win votes, and to ultimately mask the crisis they elevated by playing the white knight that rescued the nation.
Coronavirus imports is not the enemy
The deadly virus is not the enemy. The reckless negligence by this failed government for not containing it is! The mismanagement of our economy over four years has resulted in devastating our homeland security. The chaos resulting from four years of incompetence has delivered a ruined state of affairs evidenced by failed state institutions, high unemployment, falling education, inadequate health services, crumbling infrastructure, high crime and a horrific record of uncaring policies that failed to better the lives of our people- except the PNM administration’s hierarchy of politicians, privileged financiers, friends and family, everyone else is feeling the sting of a totalitarian regime fixated on selfish profiteering, greed, and power. The enemy is indeed a virus, not the Coronavirus, but Rowley’s political virus that has infected our culture, our pride, our status as a progressive nation, our way of life, and everything sweet T&T accomplished over the years – destroyed in four Rowley years of disastrous governance and political warfare victimizing everyone that stands on patriotic grounds that opposes them for a better T&T. He even destroyed the PNM statesman, the honourable Patrick Manning. The enemy is within, not foreign, not “imported”!
Coronavirus desperate lifeline
Judging from the government ministers’ hidden lines of communication, especially their tactical deception to blame (scapegoating) the desperate situation of a bankrupt economy, exemplified by the Minister of Finance’s revelations of a five billion dollar deficit and dangerous public debt balances (the highest deficit and recorded debt in T&T’s history), the Rowley regime is attempting to deflect their four years of failures by falsely using the cover of an imported Coronavirus as a lifeline to escape their accountability for a failed state under their watch. If this isn’t a sinister political scheme in practice, what is? I have to hand it to the PNM strategists, their mastermind scheming to fool the people in blaming imported causes (including the imported oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia) for their numerous failures and our miseries may work to mislead and con the electorate in the next General Election. Not surprisingly the Maduro government and even Guyana’s APNU/AFC party attempted political coup to steal an election would congratulate their PNM partners in crime for their cunning (and infamously brilliant) trickery to win an election by de facto legalizing fraud and deception by questionable, but hidden, pseudo-legal design.
“Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.”- Niccolo Machiavelli
In practice, who in need in these desperate times will not accept all (politically engineered) handouts to buy voter confidence for Rowley’s re-election? Who will not feed on the political scraps? Well, it failed in the Local Elections when they were defeated, and it will fail again in the next General Elections, we hope. After all, their narrative is that its not Rowley’s PNM regime fault we are in crisis, it’s the Coronavirus fault we the people are suffering from – is that not the PNM truth? Is it not truthful when Prime Minister Rowley himself declared that Petrotrin will not close down? The truth, when exposed, indicts them all, all, all, all… in the iconic PNM words, “all ah we (PNM government) tief.”
Rowley’s government is on life support
The truth is, and the facts prove, that Rowliar fooled the people with his atrocious lies of false EmailGate conspiracies accusing Kamla/the Opposition of conspiring to murder a journalist – the people were fooled! He lied about the past administration emptying the treasury as his government budget spending proved the treasury was well funded and the HSF funds increased under Kamla’s leadership – but yet again, the people were fooled! He lied about creating jobs when unemployment multiplied in the tens of thousands.
He lied when only last year his Finance Minister declared the economy has turned around, yet the country’s debt grew to monstrous levels as they spend, spend and spend while wheeling and dealing.
They hid from the public the secretive deals of PNM’s NCB Global finance network of operations where State Enterprises grew their indebtedness by borrowing from the PNM ‘Young’ family-controlled company backed by the foreign billionaire who allegedly orchestrated, with the Minister of Finance’s approval, the buy-out of T&T’s leading Insurance firm, GHL, for three hundred million dollars less than the highest bidder.
Reality reveals what politicians and financiers hide, and again the people were fooled! As we speak, under the blinds of a Coronavirus-distracted public, the carcass of CL Financial assets are being sold to the PNM Boyz-in-the-hood network of friends and family. Life support to the wealthy for PNM election financing and profiteering gone wild!!
Rowley’s totalitarian bullying
If our democracy, our freedoms, and our rights are to survive, power-hungry totalitarian regimes must fall. The Opposition in our Westminster parliamentary system is a constitutional foundation pillar duty-bound to question government and hold government accountable on behalf of all citizens, representing the people to maintain a balance of power and to police the abuse of power.
“The goal of the blame game is not to enlighten, but to weaken the Opposition by pushing it on to the defensive.”- Daily Times
This government’s plot to weaken, to shut down the Opposition by any means, by deception at any cost is a grave violation of our constitutional values and principles, and it threatens the very foundation guaranteeing the protection of our way of life. Our constitutional rights are under threat! Is this what you will vote for?
We, the people, cannot accept, shall not be fooled, will not be conned or be misled by lies, deceptions, and political trickery to blame our current failed state of affairs and decaying homeland on a PNM hoax of imports of viruses and oil price wars.
We reject the false narrative and scapegoat blasphemy blaming the past administration for this government’s dreadful performance for four years and continuing. We’re not voting for that!
In dealing with the devil, fattened by way of corruption, feasting on power-hungry spoils, the (PNM government) party is over and its time to ‘pay the devil’ his due. The PNM’s defeat is overdue!