Don’t even try and talk about anything but politics in Trinidad and Tobago
now. You overhear it in car parks, streets, malls, porches and golf courses.
people are puzzled. They can’t see why leaders are blind.
can’t Mr Panday see it’s time to allow the Opposition leader to do just
that—lead, and that it’s better to leave politics with the people wanting
more, not less of you?”
“Why can’t Mr
Manning see that he is creating a lot of enemies with his high-handed
manner. He needs to get rid of his tight circle of sycophants to see
clearly, or somebody will stab him in the back when he’s least expecting
“Why can’t Mr
Dookeran see that despite his unblemished record in public life, and despite
his good intentions, successful politics is about being expedient and he
cant go it alone.”
interesting thing about blind spots is you never know you have them. I was
telling this to my parents, recently, when they rescued me from an addiction
to an over-the-counter drug—a harmless enough thing.
It helped me
to sleep once, years back, and without thinking about it, I religiously
popped it into my mouth along with my multi-vitamins. For years.
effects of this were probably munching its way to my organs to deal me an
unpleasant surprise one day.
started feeling awful, which puzzled me. Everyone else knew why. It was the
over-the-counter drug. I didn’t.
everyone was warning me about them for years.
listening. “How could I be so blind to the destruction I was doing myself?”
I asked my father on the day I quit the tablet.
things aren’t so bad. Education is free all the way up to the tertiary
level. We’ve got close to full employment. Salaries are going up, in some
cases by 100 per cent.
Want to party
what are we going to do when the oil runs out? Stop studying mid-degree,
gape at semi-completed buildings and projects worth billions, discover an
increasingly unskilled labour market, a devalued dollar in an overheated
economy that is hollow and will crack without energy.
Like my sweet
tranquilised sleep, we feel little pain now. We have whipped ourselves into
an excited frenzy. I was amazed to hear people who had previously announced
they were voting COP suddenly cite the entertainment and huge crowds at the
UNC rally as reasons to vote UNC.
want to party, to follow the biggest band.
reader made this observation:
vitriol that is coming out from the UNC supporters on Web sites. You can
almost smell the fear and hatred emanating through their posts.
“Interestingly, the PNM sites are more focused on the internal shake-ups
engineered by Manning and the friction that it is causing.
“You have one
ruling party that is so navel-gazing it is ignoring its challengers, one
opposition party that is attacking, then wooing, then threatening a new
up-and-coming party while ignoring the government party altogether, and a
new party that is trying to get its message out while being assailed by both
feeling one another out, reporting one another opinion. Trying to put
together the puzzle that will only come together on the night of November 5.
That will be
our clearest mirror yet of who we are and what we want for ourselves, which
leaders’ blind spot we remove with our vote and what we decide to keep.
Pray that the
blind will not be leading the blind.