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Letter: No, Mickela, no...
Published on January 17, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Today I had the misfortune of reading a long winded post on social media by the daughter and anointed heir of former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday and I must confess that I was sorely disappointed.

Surely he must have some influence over her to prevent her from coming across as just another bandwagonist if for no other reason but to safeguard the name and the legacy? To preserve my hope for her I will myself pretend that this was stage written and posted under her name or, if she did write it herself, that she was having an extremely bad and mentally vacant day.

What did she think could be the benefit of yet another 'blame the current prime minister' for the spate of gang on gang violence? Does she, like many of the other simpletons, expect the prime minister to don a super-hero's costume and, literally faster than a speeding bullet, intervene in every violent murder between gunshot and target? Surely she has access to YouTube and could have or would have viewed her father's views on this same issue when he was prime minister, his confessions as to the impotency he felt in the face of ghetto violence, and surely just as surely she would understand that there is absolutely nothing no government, no prime minister, no police can do to interrupt a murderous intent set in motion.

Frustratedly I ask, is there no one else willing and able to offer a suggestion, an idea, a plan? Every single thing that I have written on crime to date whether critical or supportive has included hardcore suggestions complete with evidentiary and statistical support as justification, yet here we are treated to nothing more than cheap shots at someone who was once protégé to the man she would eventually dethrone, the same Mickela's father, and Mickela should have been cautious in her writings so as not to come across as if she were still toting ill feelings towards her political stepmother for eventually eclipsing her dad.

The equivalent of a political bikini shot, this post by Mickela used name recognition as an opportunity to make gratuitous noise that accomplished nothing and, had she used some of the word space to offer something, anything like a suggestion as to how the prime minister and powers that be might combat crime, she would have earned much respect. As it is, she came across like the rest of the slack handful of politically bankrupt, willing to play cheap politics on the backs of young dead black males and that saddens me, as I expected and continue to expect so much more from someone I, like others consider a young hopeful heir to the Panday legacy.

Based on this less than sagacious post, I wonder if we might not be expecting too much?

Phillip Edward Alexander
Social and Political Activist
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