Posted by: nastylittletruths | April 15, 2010

Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

“… your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge”. (Francis P. Church, 1897)

I didn’t believe it when he said it a few Saturdays ago, I admitted that I could not have called it, and yet it has happened again – Patrick Manning has called a snap election… I should be out of Trinidad more often as the same thing happened in 1995. I was in St. Vincent and I called home in the night and my wife is telling me that we were going to have a general elections. In a bizarre coincidence, I said no, you must have heard wrong, we are supposed to have local elections.

Back then I was surprised, but understanding in some way why he did it. There was a vacant seat – Pointe-a-Pierre I think – because the MP had died, Ralph Maraj had crossed the floor over the brouhaha involving his sister (another true, true grasshopper boy) and a strong opposition party giving him stick. All the ingredients of 2010? Hardly likely with a majority of 26-15, so the question on everyone’s mind was… what?

So the UNC had moved a motion of no-confidence in you, you got no permission to stage a ‘demonstration’ by the hordes in Woodford Square, you just laid the Uff report in the Senate – still don’t see a reason. Your official version is that you were protecting your people (Hart?) and your MPs from slander as your information was that the UNC was coming under the protection of Parliament to drag people’s name in the mud. Now you are saying that you have a battery of lawyers so that they can’t say anything on the political platform. Censorship by any means necessary, Pat?

But I did my own survey and here’s my question? Are you paying attention, or did you think about the Uff report in the last week and the poll was 100% no. Distraction indeed, but at what cost? Assuming that Patos was unsure of his winning the vote against the motion (think renegade MPs like Rowley, Roberts, Beckles) was that enough to dissolve parliament? Maybe, if he is so selfish that he would rather lose an election than step down and give way for the PNM MPs to support, via letter to the President, another member as prime minister. And if we continue along this line – who would you suggest they put? Can’t be Keith as the majority will lose their jobs if he becomes the top dog. Oh yes, Patos back was against the wall and the wolves were closing in. Imagine that… and with an eleven seat majority…

Another parallel with 1995 – anybody remember how he signed the Severn Trent contract the week before the election? Now another Englishman is brought in to run WASA and to make it interesting, he used to work for Veolia. If you are interested in what they do, do some internet searches. Do they have any proposals inside at WASA, you betcha! Four desalination plants as a matter of fact… Oh Patrick, too many parallels and coincidences… Guess you are going to lose as in 1995 too!

Oh, and thank you for giving Kamla the opportunity to finally get rid of Panday, Ramnath, et al. There is a Santa Claus (it’s called Hope) and Christmas came early!



  1. Thanks for the post. As a Trini living in the US I need all the updates I can get. Please try to post more updates more frequently. Thanks

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