In his Independence Day message as Congress of the People (COP) political leader, the Honorable Winston Dookeran Minister of Finance said, “It is accepted knowledge that TT and other parts of the world are currently experiencing economic challenges. This calls for new approaches if we are to successfully craft this new future.”
He then went on to say that as part of the ruling People’s Partnership coalition, the COP “through perseverance and partnering with like-minded citizens, has brought new people-centred and value driven politics to our nation". “Our country is now positioned for the best opportunity for that better future."
How so exactly?
I am sorry Mr. Dookeran, but as one of your most vocal supporters I have to put you on the spot here.
This sounds like more 'nothing talk' coming from the Government and most of the people are fed up of it and, to be quite honest, I am very surprised to hear it coming from you.
By all accounts the next General Election is five years away, and we implore you and all of the members of the Government to cease with the unnecessary campaign style speeches that fill the room with odor but lack any substance.
The people want to hear about referendum, and how exactly it will become law. The people want to hear about recall, and when will that legislation be laid in Parliament. Term limits and fixed election dates, those are easy promises to keep.
In other words Mr. Dookeran, not only is the People's Partnership running out of the people's good graces with all of this empty posturing and old talk, they are also running out of time. Many 'die hard' Congress of the People members have been trying to catch your eye or your ear to let you know that all is not well in the House we are/were building to seemingly no avail. The dissatisfaction with the UNC led People's Partnership has grown from a buzz to a roar, and one just has to read the Letters page in most newspapers and observe the names of the dissatisfied writers to see for oneself.
The people do not need to see Ministers cleaning drains and delivering bags of hops bread to poor people day in and day out, nor do we need grand charge and posturing ad nauseum with little or no results; While effective for electioneering, that behavior is being seen for what it is, campaign style gimmickry, and everyone has had enough.
The people want policies to be created, and leadership that quietly and effectively affects their lives and everyone else's positively in the soonest possible time.
Time for less talk and more action now.