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A new politics needed

Published: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Like most citizens tired and frustrated with our paradigm of ineffective governance we wait with bated breath to see what an aspiring Mickela Panday and her group has to offer as we grasp for even a scintilla of truthful politics.

But I caution Mickela that while such bad politics and governance from all parties has catapulted an avaricious desire for betterment, we are no longer prepared to accept politics as usual by the same doctrine which failed us miserably, stymieing our growth and development as a people, and as a nation.

While I respect Basdeo Panday’s contributions, the euphoria at a small meeting endowed by a chosen few is absolutely not indicative of a nationwide desire for same-old politics since today’s voters want authentic candidates to serve country and not party, elected representatives not driven by insatiable greed with lust for power and fame but by love for justice for the suffering masses who elected them, candidates who will forgo their ego and arrogance fully comprehensive that being a politician is of service to humanity, improving living standards.

Hopefully, the existing leaders of both prominent parties are the last of our outmoded political culture of ungraciously jumping on a stage fighting and disrespecting each other, espousing wild and spurious allegations merely wilding up a frenzied sea of blind followers and diehards bereft of facts, yet deceitfully saying anything to get elected while not honouring “promises” made in the heat of campaigning.

Today’s voters call for educated leaders to cognise the reasons for national debates of the salient issues as they lay bare their intentions, plans, and objectives on improving living standards, security, justice, jobs, etc, while inevitably subjecting themselves to accountability.

We want MPs who truly respect and care for us as voters, works on our behalf with reasonable efficiency providing water, better roads, competent healthcare, proper planning and execution while paying attention not only limited to maintaining power, but the rights of those suffering behind bars while they fiddle with our justice system in the most callous of ways.

How can governments so heartlessly suffer the poorer class and expect restraint and peace?

When politicians see governance as unilateral wealth accumulation how can we ever forget the famous words of a senior Panday Minister who, early in his tenure espoused “I didn’t take a vow of poverty” only to be later charged in the Piarco corruption scandal?

We want new leaders who would not abdicate full responsibility as a prime minister, understanding that the management of the entire country falls under his/her portfolio, with its inherent accountability.

We crave leaders who value enormous time lost in traffic grossly lacking efficient planning but sound asleep at the wheels of future traffic management for better roadways and overpasses.

Should Ms Panday’s vivacious enthusiasm persevere, one can only concur with Louis Lee Sing that her efforts need the support of all Trinbagonians who are, hopefully perspicacious voters demanding much better governance.

TREVOR HOSTEN

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