Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Guest editorial - by Phillip Edward Alexander

If the political leader of the People's National Movement were to rewrite a well known Christmas Carol, it might sound something like this:

It's that time of year
when the world falls in love
but not over here,
here we Grinch.
Keep your hampers,
Keep your oil and flour too...

And those cheap chinese toys
Are not for our girls and boys
Wishing you would keep
Away from our people please...

Why is it that every year he has to sing the same old tired refrain of wanting nothing from nobody for 'his' people?

And how exactly have they earned this dubious and unenviable distinction? Because they live in a constituency represented by a PNM candidate?

Surely in circumstances of dire poverty where every little bit helps and a help goes a long way to hear your quote unquote 'leader' turning down much needed food and toys on your behalf from in the comfort of his air conditioned multi million dollar German automobile must hurt a bit, especially on Christmas morning where, minus the bountiful hamper that others got, or the food cards, or the toys, or the discounted rice, oil and flour you are left to stare into the faces of your hungry family staring right back at you as if to ask why is this who we are?

Especially when most people know that this is a wealthy country and there is at least some to be had by all?

No Dr. keith Rowley needs to drop this Scrooge Mc Grinch act and allow the people of Morvant, Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Covigne, Richplain and Bagatelle to name a few to benefit from the sharing that takes place at Christmas time, if only to step out of the way so that his quote unquote 'people' could have a better Christmas than they did last year.

No one is asking you to dip your hands into your pockets Dr. Rowley, and they are not even asking for the PNM or the PNM's financiers to treat the poor of your communities with a little love and generosity at Christmas time, all they are asking for is that the lot of you get out of the way so that others who want to bless them can be allowed to do so.


It's that time of year,
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear,
Seems to say,
Merry Christmas
May your New Year dreams come true

And this song of mine,
In three quarter time
Wishes you and yours
A happy Christmas too

Merry Christmas everyone...

Phillip Edward Alexander

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