In the past six months, many political know-it-alls claimed former prime minister, Patrick Manning's silence was part of a master plan. After all, what was becoming an uncomfortable silence from the San Fernando East MP must have been because he fancied himself a comeback kid that would reclaim the leadership of Patrick's National Movement.?
A plan which would prove that the current Opposition leader was actually all bark and no bite, deserving of the treatment dished out to him during the last administration.Reality check!All the speculation, however, came to a crashing end when his silence was finally broken.It was amazing to see the one-time rebel of the Parliament, who now sits as the Speaker, having to request time after time, that Manning retract his statements and apologise for his outlandish claims.
He sounded more like a fading star, willing to say anything to get attention, rather than trying to reclaim his former standing in the Parliament.Starting well, both PNM and Partnership supporters alike were all looking forward to what the longest standing member had to say.However, his unfounded claims geared towards the Prime Minister building a $150 million home and talk about the now abandoned church in the Heights of Guanapo, took away from the credibility in his contribution.?
Even his hardcore supporters on Facebook were asking if he got this over-priced quote for Kamla's building from Calder Hart himself.
This is madness!One can only wonder if Mr Manning has fallen prey to what a colleague has referred to as a type of mass hysteria. Like the paranoid claims of demon possession in one of our high schools, where a student fell ill and others began to manifest similar symptoms.
From public servants to attention-grabbing trade union leaders and the like who have a "do it our way" or take the country down in flames attitude, the hysteria continues to spread.It's been just six months and four days since the election and now the PSA is beating our Tuesdays black and blue with uncompromising demands.
Clico policyholder representatives are calling for the head of Mr Dookeran, convincing themselves that they invested money with the Government and not Clico, and tax payers' dollars should also jump into the hole created by Duprey's greed.There is even a brewing religious war of words between Muslims and Hindus over the removal of a talk show host and a sense that the Partnership is moving slowly, all fuelled by the few that care little for the needs of many.
This fire-burning mob of voices is nothing more than a push on the new government to see if they will buckle to demands, after years of dealing with an "ignore and conquer style" of politics handed down by the Manning administration.The hysteria is also fuelled by the same old PNM style of politics, which resembles that of the US Republican party.
If you shout loud enough and say it often enough in a united voice, fiction quickly becomes fact.Claims of massive job cuts, the dismantling of Cepep, C-Dap, Gate and now allegations that the wire tapping scandal is actually part of a plan to repay drug lords who financed the Government's election campaign have been heard from Opposition MPs and their advocates.?
These unwarranted attacks create nothing more than a sense of panic in citizens who are predisposed to misinformation.It would serve us better as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago–PNM and Partnership alike–not to fall for the scare tactics of over zealous preachers of gloom and doom.Separating fact from fiction is all that is required when faced with an agenda of lies.?