Posted by: nastylittletruths | May 16, 2008

Wasn’t Nipped In The Bud

After six years and seven months it may be a little too late to say, “I told you so”, but who’s listening anyway?

When Patrick Manning was given the Government by then President Robinson in December 2001, I applauded the fact that we will see the end of Basdeo Panday, but it didn’t happen. He’s like a bad flu that keeps going around but not quite leaving… He and he alone was responsible for that fiasco (let the President decide when he was the incumbent and the President had no love for him) so everything that went wrong since then can be attributed to that one stupid decision. Robbie, meanwhile, enjoys the benevolence of a grateful Patrick up to today.

But back to the point – I was willing to, and did give Patrick a clean slate after all his fumbles of the 1991-1995 term, but what did he do as one of his first acts? Appoint his wife as a Senator and a Cabinet Minister. Very sorry, but I am on record as saying that I don’t care if Hazel is the best candidate for the job, it’s just not done. What can be more nepotistic than what he did? Hiring his sons too? And what did we and the media do at the time? Were we so fed-up of the UNC six years in Government that anything we got after was palatable? The public and the media did not give, nor sustain, any pressure as they did in the private jet or the current UdeCott affair. They just rolled over and accepted the “charming” Hazel.

An issue like this set the “accepting” tone for the first year – remember we had to go back to the polls – the next five years and now this term. The arrogance has gone so far, the media finally got a taste when Hazel proved to have a nasty bite – “the Prime Minister has spoken!” Does Robbie has all his faculties to remember his prophetic words, “streams into rivers and rivers into seas”? It always starts small and snowballs gently until you wake up one morning and realise that it’s too late.

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