Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Letter: London's protest over AG's lawsuit embarrassing

Market in Tobago
To me, this THA election is really about whether Tobago shall have full control of her internal affairs, as she once had. 

On being joined to Trinidad, in the 19th century, she was practically broke, reduced to that state by the rapacious actions of her rulers. Since becoming Trinidad’s little sister, she has been regarded as a getaway place, not as a major contributor to her upkeep, despite the efforts of stalwart Tobagonians like A. P. T. James, Dr Sylvan Bowles and A. N. R. Robinson to prove otherwise. 

In a way, their struggle for Tobago to regain complete oversight of herself is comparable to the Palestinians. Denied the right to decide what's best for them within the community of nations, Palestinians never give up, never surrender. 

I reflect on such things whenever Chief Secretary, Orville London, makes the news. He’s a leader in whom I once had high hopes. He entered office on a platform of integrity and accountability. 

Today, instead of accounting for his stewardship he's complaining of being vilified by the Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan. Why? According to London, while an election campaign is underway THA officials cannot be sued concerning "underhand" deals they might have undertaken. 

Amazingly, London concedes they should have been sued long before. However, he cites the chronology of the THA's handing over of certain documents the Minister of Finance. The sequence shows only a mind-reader could have sued the THA before January 2013.

In December 2008, the American TV programme, "Morning Joe", featured Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former US National Security Adviser. The topics were Palestine and the breakdown of the Camp David Peace Accord. Host, Joe Scarborough, was so out of his depth that, eventually, an exasperated Brzezinski couldn't help but insulting him, live on the air -ZB: “You know, you have such a stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on that it's almost embarrassing to listen to you.”

London provided such a stunningly self-defeating dismissal of his own protest that it's too embarrassing to relay what he said. 

I’m glad the Newsday Brzezinskied him by setting out the sequence of events leading up to the filing of the lawsuit. Like every Tobagonian, I am very eager to learn the truth surrounding MILSHIRV. I’m also very upset there hasn't been full disclosure by London’s THA in the runup to this election for the proper guidance of voters.

Octavia Crichlow | Upper Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande.
(A different kind of PNM -one that hates rahrah rahrah!)

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