I want to respond to the following letter:
is heartening to see how effective Stephen Cadiz has been in gathering
signatures for his petition. However, do you really think that the
president has any real power to affect a positive outcome? I donít think
so. Real change will come only if the collective voice of the petitioners
is prepared to go the distanceóorganise to form a new political party.
Nice to write about the problems facing society but politicians cater to
the uneducated (ie the masses) who do not even bother to read or canít
read articles such as yours. There are pockets of intelligent people in
T&T but they do not get together to truly make a difference. People
such as Kirk Meighoo, Dana Seetahal and Lloyd Best to name a few, need to
come together to organise a new political party. The objective would not
necessarily be to obtain a majority government. A majority is not needed
to wield a big stick in T&T politics. Only five seats are needed to
swing the house. Are you content merely observing and writing about the
ills of society are you willing to go the distance?
is the question being echoed by hundreds of thousands of people. A new
political party. One that is reminiscent of the hope embodied by the NAR.
five seats is a tall order in this country split like a watermelon down
the middle between the East Indian and African vote. Where the ruling
party can relax because their constituents will vote for them even if they
are literally crapped on week after week, their children left illiterate,
their illnesses unattended, their homes falling down and their young
people holding guns instead of pens. The other half of the country
doesnít count. Different race.
of habit is what we are. Also burnt out. And cynical. We think everyone
has an agenda. Understandably.
new political aspirant and financial supporter on the scene in the last
decade has with profound promises, sucked the remaining rapidly depleting
reserves of hope of voters but once voted in, either become remote and
drunk with power or corrupt or disappeared into oblivion, fallen into the
abyss between the UNC and PNM. Independents are ruthlessly rejected or
ejected. Remember Hulsie Bhagan, Wendell Mottley, and countless others? We
say we want change. But we are suspicious of it. We rather the devil we
know than the devil we donít.
effect what Mr Stephen Cadiz is doing by soliciting signatures to petition
the government to get parliamentarians to do their jobs, and clamp down on
crime is demanding leadership. He says: ďWe are not quibbling about
drains and transport issues. I know four people who were kidnapped, one
that was murdered, one raped and countless robbed. For each murder (now up
to 188) there are at least three to 600 mourners. Thatís thousands of
people mourning the murdered. Now explosives going off downtown to which
the prime minister hasnít responded. Our children are growing up with
that. We want the basic right to security for our families. Once we
realise that neither Manning nor Panday have the population at heart, a
new party will emerge where people will cross the Indian and African
frontiers put on by politicians in their grab for power.Ē
the question of a new party and leadership one prominent lawyer stated
that most of our people have one foot outside the country with relatives
who live abroad. This loose patriotism combined with the static politics
of race, explosive crime situation, dark underworld with tentacles in
every major institution makes most us reluctant engage.
by politicians we carry on, the strong helping the wounded, with basics
the government has failed to provide-health care and education. The strong
paying for the lessons a child doesnít get in school, funding tertiary
education and training for a deserving kid, paying employees decently,
asking after their unsupervised children, bringing them in the fold. We
can sign the Cadiz crime petition (http://www.trinidadmurders.org/Petition.asp).
These are ways of going the distance in our abandoned ship.