The Women’s League of the People’s National Movement has taken careful note of the Sunday Express’ exchange of PNM bashers, this time handing the baton to Dr Kirk Meighoo, another failed politician seeking any avenue to retain a semblance of relevance to the national community, and moreso to his handlers in the UNC.

Rarely has one seen such a spirited defence of the UNC by someone who claims independent thought.

The country should be reminded that not only did Dr Meighoo contest the general election of 2007 under the UNC banner, but he formed his own party and contested the Chaguanas West by-election in 2013, managing to secure a grand total of 35 votes in the process. Moreover, in 2020 the UNC chose the politically exposed neophyte Vandana Mohit over him to contest the Chaguanas East seat. If that slap in the face was insufficient to consign him to political oblivion, the Women’s League warns him that any hopes of resurrection in time for the UNC internal elections by slamming Prime Minister and PNM Political Leader Dr Keith Rowley, will be met with similar failure.

Dr Meighoo’s motive is as clear as daylight and must be juxtaposed against the abject failure of the UNC Opposition to mount any sane, rational critique of the 2021 budget. Led by an absentee Political Leader, the UNC now seeks redemption through the Sunday Express by tasking the least of their apostles with attacking Dr Rowley.

The Women’s League challenges Dr Meighoo to identify one untrue statement made by PM Rowley during that meeting. Moreover, as a commentator on international and regional developments, is he supportive of the UNC’s continued and unprincipled recognition of Señor Juan Guaidó as the Venezuelan president, even when the UK’s Supreme Court has recently pronounced definitively on President Nicolas Maduro’s legitimacy as the Venezuelan head of state?

Additionally, is he supportive of the UNC’s correspondence with firstly the Australian Opposition seeking to undermine this Government’s effort to finally bring some sanity to the Tobago sea bridge through the purchase of the two fast ferries, the APT James and the Buccoo Reef? According to Women’s League chairperson Camille Robinson-Regis, “when that failed, they sought to involve the Australian attorney general in another attempt to taint the process and trigger an investigation that would block the purchase. It is clear to us that the UNC has no respect for the people of Tobago, nor for the unitary state of Trinidad and Tobago, and now Dr Meighoo, by his defence, is joining that cabal”.

A political commentator like Dr Meighoo should be aware that a serious MP in any jurisdiction does not simply raise a matter concerning another sovereign country if they were not prompted so to do. In his desire to please his handlers, has he overlooked the coincidence of Dr (Roodal) Moonilal’s ability to comment on the British MP’s intervention almost immediately after it was made? We understand that such commentary is the prerogative of apologists and enablers, but we also urge Dr Meighoo to seek to retain some semblance of professional respectability in his utterances.

The Women’s League is also interested in discovering Dr Meighoo’s position on the fact that Dr Moonilal’s name was called 113 times in Justice Aboud’s recent EMBD ruling, especially as it was not being cited as a candidate for sainthood. The Women’s League is similarly interested in hearing his pronouncement on the most recent matter involving a UNC contractor who, after the arbitration process, was awarded the princely sum of $1.5 million, notwithstanding the UNC’s $125 million certification of the project. We are certain he was not going to be among the beneficiaries of the $123.5 million difference, but can he state his degree of comfort with such clear public malfeasance?

Is he also prepared to deny that Vincent Nelson QC, pleaded guilty and was convicted by the courts of T&T, in a multi-million dollar bribery case involving two other senior UNC affiliates? If those were the only cases, said Mrs Robinson-Regis, that would be bad enough, but how does Dr Meighoo respond to the generosity of the UNC Member for Princes Town who, when questioned about being in possession of sufficiently large sums of money that he was able to share with his colleagues, his response was that he was an only child, and the money was his birthday present?

The PNM is quite convinced that there are some persons and organisations in T&T who are hell bent on undermining not only the legitimacy of the current administration, but also on sabotaging projects that would render the government in a favourable light. The obvious sabotage at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, on board the Tobago ferry, and the latest attempt at the Bamboo Village WASA pump, are all carefully calculated to foment discontent and incite protests against this Government, and none of Dr Meighoo’s Sunday sermonising in the space reserved for that task, will deter our Political Leader and PM.

According to chairperson Robinson-Regis, “the PNM is not averse to constructive criticism, in fact we welcome it but Dr Meighoo’s criticism, cloaked as it is in a shroud of hypocrisy, must be soundly rejected for what it is—pure and unadulterated UNC propaganda. Until he and his fellow apologists who share the pages of Sunday newspapers can answer these questions, we will continue to defend our PM and unmask every apologist, as we seek to move this country forward”.

PNM Women’s League

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I wrote recently about the startling decision of the Government to reject the offer of Patriotic Energies and Technologies Ltd (Patriotic) to acquire the Petrotrin oil refinery, which the Government closed down.

When the titular head of the Ministry of Energy, Senator Franklin Khan, announced the sudden rejection, he gave no reason for it other than to identify three broad business heads in respect of which there were allegedly problems.

The country was left confused because the Government had chosen Patriotic as the preferred bidder, and had wanted the deal completed before the August general election.

The collapse of the Anti-Gang (Amendment) Bill, 2020, seeking to extend the Anti-Gang Act 2018 for another 30 months was not unexpected.

In contrast to March 2018 when the Government laid the ­initial bill, Friday’s parliamentary debate attracted little interest from the public whose outrage had been decisive in pushing the Opposition United National Congress into giving the required special three-fifths’ support needed for its passage.

In an interdependent world, even the “indispensable” United States cannot stand alone.

Last week, I focused on the need for president-elect Joe Biden to renew America’s transatlantic ties with Europe—the foundation of Western prosperity and stability since 1945—damaged by Donald Trump’s short-sighted “America First” policy. Biden must also urgently attend to Asia, where the US lost considerable ground in the last four years.

There is a notion that Trinis are a happy-go-lucky people—a description that may be more applicable to African-descended people than to members of other groups of the population.

Such a description may be more illustrative of those of us whose world view has been influenced by African religions and philosophies as put forth by John Mbiti in African Religion and Philosophy, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, or Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities.

AFTER 58 years of leadership in both parliamentary and mayoral elections, and 16 or 17 development plans, it has been decreed that the city of Port of Spain will finally be transformed into a shiny new metropolis in North Trinidad. It is a welcomed announcement but like other similar declarations, some of us will adopt a wait-and-see attitude as the plans unfold.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has received a revelation of the state of Port of Spain and the growing homeless situation that exists.

Now, this has been happening for decades—having to be careful of how you walk if visiting the capital, not to step on someone sleeping on the pavement, or other stuff that may be there.