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PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« on: February 19, 2006, 09:15:54 PM »
 
A people-unfriendly government:
PNM is the problem
... but UNC is not the solution
 
By KWAME NANTAMBU 
PARTY politics in TnT has finally “boil(ed) down to simple dis: Is dog eat dog and survival of the fittest”.

And the two major combatants are the people-unfriendly, ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) Government and the power-hungry Opposition United National Congress (UNC).

This unholy, polarised political scenario has promoted the PNM as a government by default.

This is a valid conclusion to the extent that ethnicity (not race) dictates that the majority PNM supporters will not vote for “those people” in the UNC and vice versa: the majority UNC supporters will not vote for “those people” in the PNM.

A “those people” political conundrum now exists in TnT and this conundrum is further exacerbated by the politics of fear (PNM) versus the politics of race (UNC) tug-of-war.

In other words, regardless of what the PNM Government does or does not do, its political directorate is 100 per cent sure/confident that a certain percentage of the ethnic electorate will vote in its favour as opposed to the “other” party.

One ethnic group of party supporters will never vote for the “other” party.

That is the stark, raw nature of the political beast in TnT today.

Only time will usher in an era of political maturity; 43 years of putative political independence is just too short a time period for such sanity to occur.

The fact of the matter is that this government-by- default syndrome has precipitated an “arrogance of power” mindset in the PNM regime -- a mindset that is most evident and pronounced in the area of public policy action or more specifically, public policy inaction.

In this regard, the PNM Government has been missing in action (MIA).

Indeed, the human fuselage from the PNM Government’s public policy impotence, neglect and insensitivity has been strewn all over TnT.

For example, it can be detected in the prolonged dry domestic taps in Belmont, Arima, Arouca, D’Abadie, Valencia, Spring Village, Caroni, Las Lomas, Penal, Debe, Princes Town, Siparia, Moruga, La Brea, Morne Diablo, Fyzabad, La Romaine and Rio Claro/Mayaro.

In addition, law-abiding, tax-paying residents of Central and Trinidad’s North Coast are not only “sick and tired” of begging this people- unfriendly PNM Government to clear drains so as to permit the free flow of water, but they are also “sick and tired” of beseeching this government to repair “deplorable conditions of roadways in their area”.

In the medical-care field, the chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into Public Health Care, Gladys Gaffoor, puts it best this way: “Poor patient care is the major source of complaints about the country’s health care sector.”

In his own words, Health Minister John Rahael agrees 100 per cent: “Too many public sector health care professionals in TnT have no compassion for the patients in their care.”

The PNM Government’s people-unfriendly, MIA-public policy inaction has been exposed to the fullest extent in the wake of recent million-dollar fires in Port of Spain and San Fernando.

The fact of the matter is that these water supply-cum-antiquated appliances problems still remain and persist in the Fire Services department.

How many more businesses owned by law-abiding, tax paying Trinbagonians must go up in smoke, PNM Government?

Moreover, in the abundance of “materialistic progress” and exorbitant government revenue receipts, mass poverty, lawlessness and a sense of doom and gloom, alienation, nothingness, hopelessness, disenchantment, and divisiveness are ubiquitous in TnT.

Trinbagonians have now become the real public policy boboolee under the PNM.

“Lack of caring” for the “least of these” in our society is the entrenched trademark of this uncaring, “unkind” PNM Government.

Instead of caring and maximising the basic human needs (BHN) of the people, the PNM Government decided in its ultimate wisdom to build a $850m stadium in Tarouba.

And this public policy decision was taken despite the fact that the brutal, harsh reality of all the afore-mentioned human misery continues unabated compounded, by the appalling, inhumane condition of police stations, magistrates’ courts and schools.

This people-unfriendly public policy decision is just a simple case of putting “legacies” before “people”.

The fact of the matter is that legitimate, people-oriented public policy decisions dictate that the permanent, macro interests of the “people” must supervene any scintilla of transitory, micro personal “legacies”.

One inhumane and destructive addendum to the aforementioned list of human misery is that the legal/responsible profession of fishing and the livelihood of fishermen and their families have been placed on the PNM Government’s public policy extinction hit list.

Indeed, the record clearly reveals that this PNM Government is not only people unfriendly but also most vicious, antagonistic and vindictive towards the labour movement and its members/workers.

This government treats this sector with utter contempt, disdain and uncanny belligerence.

Indeed, the PNM government had to be dragged kicking and screaming to implement the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) as a signal to the population that it has finally revisited its apparent jihad against innocent, tax-paying and law-abiding working men and women in the labour movement.

In the midst of all this public policy human tsunami, the unbelievable and unconscionable response from this country’s people unfriendly ruling PNM Government is that it is “armed and well prepared” to contest the next general election.

Political survival and victory are its only paranoid obsessions and focus 24-7-365. Ergo, the PNM government is virtually nonchalant about the people’s safety and protection from uncontrollable and ever-escalating crime, kidnappings and mayhem.

It is this wicked, anti-people and non-caring altruistic public policy posture that forced and compelled Minister of Housing, Dr. Keith Rowley, to corroborate his ministerial colleague’s (Rahael) on-target criticism and chastisement of the PNM Government’s “performance” thus: “We’re spending more and more (while the public is) getting less and less (’of the value for the amount of money being spent’) in virtually every area.”

This is the copyrighted signature of the PNM Government simply because its public policy posture is consistently reactive and ex-post instead of being pro-active and ex ante.

The politics of fear suggests that Trinbagonians have been “bamboozled, hoodwinked and took” by the PNM Government.

The politics of fear has resulted in congosa, pappyshow and mammaguy people-unfriendly public policy decisions by the PNM Government. The fact of the matter is that under the PNM Government, TnT is not only a “failed State” but also a non-State in people terms.

The State has abdicated one of the basic functions of any democratic government, i.e. to protect the interests of the people -- the multifaceted interests of the people.

Moreover, parochial politics in TnT indicates that PNM is the problem; UNC is not the solution -- “same khaki pants”.

At present, TnT is wrapped up in the swaddling clothes of a 15th Century slave-plantation society superficially functioning in the era of 21st Century putative independence.

This is de jure Vision 00/00.

The inevitable conclusion that must be drawn is that in the arena of public policy decision-making process and delivery, the PNM Government has exemplified no “compassion for the poor, the afflicted and downtrodden.”

In general, TnT society is “living in jail” as a result of the exponential increase in crime, violence and kidnappings, while 40 per cent is “living in hell” as a result of endemic, widespread poverty. When the next general election comes around, the majority conscious electorate must indict the PNM Government for unadulterated public policy malfeasance and ministerial recidivism.

“The more things change, the more they remain the same.”

The fact of the matter is that Laventille was a ghetto on January 24, 1956; it is still a ghetto on January 24, 2006 -- thus celebrating 50 long years of PNM’s inhumanity and perennial neglect/ marginalisation.

On the one hand, the politics of fear may lend real or imagined fulcrum to the credo: “Magnum Es PNM.”

Or maybe the stark reality is that “there is no question that Dr. Williams would have been ashamed of the PNM today, had he still been alive”.

Nevertheless, the political directorate of the people-unfriendly PNM government needs to be cognisant of the admonition of the legendary

Afrikan-American anti-slavery revolutionary Frederick Douglass: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

According to Bob Marley: “You can fool some people some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

This is not political ex-tempoee.

The PNM is not invincible.

Indeed, this Anti-People’s Nothing Movement (APNM) now masquerades under the moniker People’s National Movement (PNM) much to the chagrin, dehumanisation and debasement of the citizenry of TnT, especially the apparent politically expendable residents in the rural areas.

The APNM Government must realise that Trinbagonians have brought it into office and they will take it out.

Enough is enough.

“The poor can’t take no more.”

In the final analysis, the ethnic divide has been purposefully widened by politicians of both sides of the political spectrum in TnT for their own altruistic means.

Their main and only objective/concern is to get elected to power “by any means necessary”.

Unfortunately, this is the new and sadly accepted genre of “Fifty Cent” parliamentary electoral political philosophy and modus operandi in TnT.

PNM is the problem; UNC is not the solution! 
 

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Re: PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2006, 11:01:17 PM »
bring back NJAC
soon ah go b ah lean mean bulling machine.

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Re: PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006, 01:16:22 PM »
I believe that there is an ineptitude and lack of competent ministers  in directing the course of public welfare. However, Under the previous government UNC, the birth of some of these woes were seething.

Let's not ignore the airport scandal and the woeful social programs which  faltered.

What or who is the alternative is a timely question for debate.

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Re: PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2006, 05:09:31 PM »
Aye Nantambu, yuh have it wrong!  Is George Chambers dat say it better..."dog eat dog and vice versa"   Trinidad sweet yuh hear:rotfl:

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Re: PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2006, 11:15:37 AM »
DAVID NAKID FOR PRIME MINISTER... ???
He is ah warrior; love his country ; very intelligent; doh fraid tuh speak he mind and is beholding to no one...not even JW.
PNM :-\DN
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Re: PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2006, 04:02:43 AM »
DAVID NAKID FOR PRIME MINISTER... ???
He is ah warrior; love his country ; very intelligent; doh fraid tuh speak he mind and is beholding to no one...not even JW.
PNM :-\DN
The day Nahkid get a big political position, I definitely leaving T&T :rotfl:

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Re: PNM is the problem..But UNC is not de solution
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2006, 06:06:50 PM »
Maybe I should have let you know that I was  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: when I wrote this.
The man say he would be very interested in a political opportunity to help change things in T&T. So I just wanted to see what the prospectus would be.
We should start a poll on the forum...Nakid for PM -: Yes or No
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