Jason Williams, alias JW, well known for his “Palance” partnership with Ancil “Blaze” Isaac, is entering the political arena. Williams gives thumbs-up in front of the Red House on Tuesday before his official swearing in as a Government Senator. 

With eyes wide open.

That’s how political newbie Jason Williams, alias JW, well known for his “Palance” partnership with Ancil “Blaze” Isaac, is entering the political arena.

In 2010, Williams, also a radio personality, and his colleague/television personality “Blaze” both became household names with the hit song “Palance” with which they copped the coveted Road March title.


Jason Williams

“I am very humbled and excited to learn the process. I am going in with my eyes wide open,” he told the Express yesterday after the Prime Minister announced Williams had been chosen as a senator to replace former public utilities minister Robert Le Hunte.

The People’s National Movement (PNM) screening committee last week selected Williams, 41, as the candidate for the Barataria/San Juan seat.

In a telephone interview, Williams, who was on a walkabout yesterday, added: “I got the call from the Office of the Prime Minister before 8 a.m. this morning. I was up but the call got me straight up.

“I called my mom (June Williams) first and shared the good news. I am looking forward to my swearing-in ceremony today (Tuesday).”

Asked about Le Hunte’s resignation, Williams said: “I have no comment. I am new. I joined the party in early 2020.”

In an interview after he was chosen as the candidate for Barataria/San Juan in the 2020 general election, Williams said he used the Covid-19 period to reflect and cement his decision to enter politics.

Asked about his political decision, Williams said: “Covid-19 created the space and platform for me to make the decision. My life has been busy as a bee, hosting an event or attending an event. I am going in brave to serve my country.”

Williams added: “I have always been passionate about politics. I was a politician before I really got into it.

“I was careful how I conducted myself. I tried to do stuff that would not bring my character into disrepute.

“Once given the opportunity to serve, I will be listening intently. I really want to understand the burgesses’ needs and concerns and collaborate with the (San Juan Regional) Corporation. I am about building relationships and merging untapped dynamism and resources.”


Trinidad and Tobago has been spared the most “vulgar” displays of systemic racism. But we are not immune.

This is the view of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Asked about the developments taking place in the US, which have led to anti-racism demonstrations all over the world as countries grapple with insidious and systemic racism and which in Trinidad and Tobago has played out in strong reaction to racist and insensitive statements by some nationals, the Prime Minister said: “The fear that we have today is that there seems to be a new normal that is developing where the higher values that we thought we were ascribing to and the gains that we were making could be so easily lost.

AS Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 situation stays under control, more restrictions are being lifted, allowing more categories of workers to get back to their jobs.

An estimated 600 to 1,000 nationals are expected to return to the country this week.

National Security Minister Stuart Young made this announcement yesterday while speaking at a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

THREE double murders in less than 24 hours have taken the country’s murder toll for the year so far on the verge of the 200 mark.

The latest killings took place yesterday afternoon in Almond Drive, Morvant, where three people were shot.