By STEVE ALVAREZ DPTT Political Leader

After spending over one hundred million dollars on the Maracas Bay de­velopment, the nails are rusting in swollen plywood that are part of the new ceiling at the vending booths. Another example of the wastage of taxpayers’ dollars.

Simple things like using ma­terial suited for the seaside en­vironment were ignored. This kind of irresponsible action and wastage is commonplace but unsustainable. What is perhaps more shameful and sadder, is that the people responsible for the economic decline in Trinidad & Tobago are now soliciting the population’s vote for another term to continue the irresponsible man­agement of our nation’s finances. The two major political parties see themselves as the only alter­native available and are hoping that the rest of the Nation agrees with them. It may be pertinent to examine who are the people seeking to manage Trinidad and Tobago over the next five years.
There is one party where the leader remains as leader by simply forming alliances with community and religious leaders. That leader has dismissed the policy makers and strategic thinkers that once formed part of the party manage­ment. With no sound economic policy and vision for governance that party’s voice comprises indi­viduals that use social media and the radio to unleash some of the most inappropriate language and ridicule of the government. Indi­viduals whose history is one of allegations of misconduct in pub­lic office and others that were dis­missed from government are now part of the front line of that party’s political campaign.
Another party hopes energy companies discover gas and oil so that they can eventually find money to pay the Nation’s debt and continue the dependence on foreign food and goods. In the meantime, without a clear strate­gic plan for the economy and a restructure of governance policy, they continue to impose punitive measures on citizens to pay for their continued wastage and in­eptitude.
Then there are the individuals who seem to like the attention given to them as political organi­zations. There is one on criminal charge, whose language is void of pragmatic thought, another with a history of corrupt practices that continue to disparage the govern­ment with the use of language that borders on the obscene. Oth­ers with personal agendas hope to be included in some alliance with one of the major parties to share in the continued abuse of the Na­tion’s resources.

The biggest of all parties

Thankfully, there is a viable alternative. Not a small party as some will like the population to believe but a big party, perhaps the biggest of all parties. A party with a vision for taking Trinidad & Tobago forward. A party with leaders of integrity, vision and a commitment to improving the lives of every citizen of Trinidad & Tobago. This party comprises people of many varied races. It comprises people from every sector of our society and it cov­ers every village, every home and sector within our Nation. Their vision is to transform our econ­omy through minimizing the bu­reaucracy and incompetence that discourage business, by investing in infrastructure, by transforming the tourism sector and restructur­ing agriculture. That party will empower the people through local government reform that empow­ers communities to manage the basics that affect their daily life. Items like water distribution, san­itary services, accessing govern­ment services and employment. That party is all of us rescuing our Nation under the umbrella of the Democratic Party of Trinidad & Tobago.
Our first and biggest task is to find the 41 persons willing to of­fer themselves as representatives of hope. Are you one?