Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Letter: One country, one partnership?

Transcendental politicians are those who understand a platform is not a place for talking down to or dividing people, rather for launching the audience on the journey towards attaining commonly held ideals. 

The COP leader clearly isn't, since he used the recent UNC Monday night meeting to hoist partisan interest above what the people have been clamouring for since April 2010: instead of cementing the People's Partnership (by emphasising shared values, while downplaying individualism), he staked a claim for the COP's strengthening and the press duly highlighted what he said.

Forgive me for invoking Obama, but it must have been embarrassing for the hosts to hear him call for what amounts to this continued slicing-and-dicing of Trinbago into UNC constituencies and COP constituencies and TOP constituencies and NJAC constituencies and PNM constituencies. 

Trinbago is one, sovereign state! Together we aspire! Together we achieve! We are one people! All of us pledge allegiance to and stand up for the red, white and black, even when it dangles from an obscene $10m flagpole!

If COP is serious, it would audaciously call for the People's Partnership to register itself with the Election and Boundaries Commission as a political party. 

There is nothing in the law which says a political party can't comprise other political parties. 

When that is done, then I'd know we've fulfilled the hopes of slaves and indentureds sitting around a fire chanting freedom songs, the hope of immigrants who set out from desperate, distant shores to come here, all of whom, forcibly or willingly, helped fashion Trinbago into the hopeful place we inherited when the Union Jack was finally lowered, on August 31st 1962.

Heston Corbie | Upper Prizgar Lands, Laventille.

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Jai & Sero

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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