Your money, class and family connections will not get you into positions of power in the United National Congress (UNC).

So said Opposition Leader and UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a virtual party meeting on Monday night.

She pointed out that former prime minister and UNC founding father Basdeo Panday had said the “UNC is not a cow that you could take the rope and hand it over to someone else”.

The UNC, she said, is a democratic party governed by democratic principles, “so don’t come and say your uncle or your father was an MP or you believe you have money, you think you have some high caste or high class, you never worked for the party and you must get a seat, it cannot work like that”.

She said all rank and file members must be treated with respect, adding that members should not get side-tracked following the “haters”.

Persad-Bissessar said they should continue educating and qualifying themselves and their children and they will have an equal chance in the party to fill any position. She said current parliamentarians who are lawyers and economists include children of a taxi driver and roti shop owner and they worked hard.

She boasted of the accomplishments of Moruga/Tableland MP Michelle Benjamin who worked as a councillor and then brought victory to the UNC by winning the seat in the August 10 general election.


ALL 250 people detained early yesterday morning at a “zesser party” in Caroni will be charged.

This is the assurance of Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith.

He told the Express he had given directives that everyone held at the event be charged under Paragraph 4(d) of the Public Heath coronavirus legislation.

While some are expected to appear before a Chaguanas magistrate today for the offence, others will face charges via summons as names and addresses of everyone who attended the event were obtained by police.

AYANNA PAUL, a 30-year-old unemployed mother of seven, wants to help her children to find a future of hope, even in poverty.

But Paul and her partner cannot afford this on only his earnings as a market vendor.

Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee, Chief Whip for the United National Congress (UNC), is maintaining his position that the statistics do not support the continuation of the anti-gang legislation.

Lee was speaking during a news conference at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, at Charles Street, Port of Spain.

It’s a lie! It’s a damn lie!

This is how Vasant Bharath responded to accusations by incumbent United National Congress (UNC) political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that he had campaigned for the People’s National Movement in the lead-up to the August 10 general election.

Bharath, who is Persad-Bissessar’s sole competitor for leadership of the party in the UNC’s December 6 internal election, held a news conference yesterday at his campaign headquarters in San Juan, where he addressed the issue.

More than 20 Trinidadian contract workers at farms in Canada say they have been neglected by the Government.

Many left the country in early January prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic to undertake farming positions contracted through the Ministry of Labour and are still awaiting exemptions to return home.