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What transparent hypocrisy, brazen double standards and callous lack of empathy exist within the dark hearts of the leaders of the People’s National Movement (PNM), who currently have been gifted with a loan of authority by the people of this country to manage our country’s affairs. And what a monumental mess they continue to make of that opportunity.

These are the 23 persons in whom the people of this country reposed their confidence to “get the job done”. Out of those 23, just five—an inner circle close to the Prime Minister—have been the ones making all the decisions for all 1.39 million of us.

They make us come to them with cap in hand, begging for a pittance to put the proper infrastructure in place. They engage in procurement practices that defy any notion of transparen­cy, and “accountability” is a word that does not exist in their vocabulary.

These are the men and women whose sole preoccupation is the acquisition of political power by any means necessary. They have set a record for themselves by proclaiming a “ganja” decriminalisation law in just 30 days. Still, they cannot complete a highway to Point Fortin after they first conceptualised the pro­ject in 1967—43 long years ago.

These are the very people who, through Minister Fitzge­rald Hinds, bragging to Fazeer Mohammed on TV6’s Morning Edition, have promised 6,000 new homes for the homeless. Their leader is the same Prime Minister who explicitly promised the people of Point Fortin he would gift them with a “plywood factory”. That promise, like so many others, has been vaporised.

This is the same party in Government that could not find $1 million each for two little children who needed bone marrow transplants to cure their life-threatening beta-thalas­se­mia major—a potentially fatal genetic disorder. One has died.

This is our Government that reorganised the Children’s Life Fund, instituted by the leader of the previous government.

Today, we are told there is an 11-year-old child who also has the genetic disorder Crouzon syndrome (craniosynostosis) that is a threat to his vision as it is to his hearing—a conspicu­ously evolving disability. His mother approached this “caring” Government for help, but was told she and her husband are already receiving “disability grants”.

This is the same Government that has withdrawn fi­nan­cial support for special-­needs schools. This is the same Government that has been approached for years to craft legislation for the disabled, but to no avail.

Yet this is the Government that has distinguished itself by bringing to our Parliament ganja legislation in a record 30 days.

This same Government has been fiddling with annual amendments to “procurement legislation” enacted by the previous government since 2015, but which it felt it should tweak.

Give me a good reason why I should vote these people back into office.

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