By Phillip Edward Alexander
Perhaps I've grown a little cynical politically, but having been let down for so long by people who turn out to be anything but what they appear on the surface I think I can be excused. I don't see the performance of one Movement for Social Justice member in the debates, I see the entire MSJ and its role as 'spoiler' in the election, a vehicle by which to deliver David Abdulah's spite for the People's Partnership.
Phillip Edward Alexander is a social and political activist, a feature writer and columnist, the founder of the Jericho Project and the chairman of the Citizen's Union of Trinidad and Tobago
I've seen this horse and pony show before. It is human nature I guess, this itch to see the thing you contributed to building collapse because you left, if only to vindicate your own importance.
I don't know what the role of the MSJ is in the politics anymore, and I am not sure any of its members and supporters do as well.
I know that the MSJ's inclusion in the debates raised many questions about the debate itself, who were behind it and what are their objectives in this land of agendas pushing agendas.
Big picture thinkers know to look for the motive behind the action, and I still cannot fathom how this Round Table coalition member could have been included alongside its counterpart -- the People's National Movement, and for what purpose, other than to gang up on the government, and why the Congress of the People and the National Joint Action Committee were denied.
Is this ganging up another play of that racist chasm exposed by the headline 'Chutney Rising?'
The corridor versus the cane?
The enemy of my enemy is my friend keeps resonating behind every play. Keith Rowley is the tip of a spear that masks the business interests that controls the PNM, and like the business interests that controls the United National Congress and like Jack Warner, they all have one ambition, treasury control.
We are going to be ripped off and raped regardless of who gets it, the question we are bound to ask is who might do the most for us along the way. For some reason this government is failing itself, lost in the overplay of PR early in the game, and like the little boy who cried wolf, it is failed by its own attempts to say 'Hey look what we've done.' This is no handicap for Jack Warner, who seems to be able to wring every ounce of recognition one box drain can deliver, and has risen to superstar status out of simply doing what a representative is paid to do anyway.
So where are we?
Between a rock, a hard place, the devil and the deep blue sea.
The PNM has used every opportunity it has had at power to do the people wrong from inception and needs to atone for its sins. It must be made to tally in the wilderness until it is purged of the greedy investor/financier it (ironically) has institutionalized in our politics. If not, then they would have learnt nothing from the lesson we tried to teach them in 2010.
It is my view that Jack Warner cannot be trusted and that his sham of a party created to give him respectability fails at every test in much the same way the member they sent up for the debate failed all over himself. Jack Warner is a danger to our democracy and anything within it that challenges his intentions.
We need to be careful now.
This is where critical thinking and emotional intelligence comes in.
There is a story of a bird who could not fly whose misery was compounded by being unceremoniously dumped upon by a passing cow. Stuck in the ignobility of a mound of manure it cries in anguish until it attracts a passing cat who rescues it from the mound, licks it clean and eats it whole.
What's the moral of the story?
Sometimes being unable to get what you want is not the worst thing, sometimes life could dump a further mound of manure upon you for no good reason, and sometimes being in a mound of manure is safer than you think.
Oh, and not everyone who comes to your rescue really has your interest at heart.