Works and Transport Minister Colm Imbert says the United National Congress is a dysfunctional family who cannot put its differences aside like the People's National Movement (PNM). Imbert was speaking to reporters yesterday after the commissioning of the new Macoya bridge and gantry signs. Questioned about the return of Keith Rowley to the Diego Martin East seat, Imbert said: "We are a team. "In any family you will have disagreements and we are all PNM and that's what you see at election time.
"You see the strength of the PNM...that we are willing to put any differences and disagreements we may have had behind and move forward.
"At this time what we are interested in is being returned to Government and I welcome his selection and I look forward to hearing him on the platform." However, when asked about disagreements within the Opposition and that similarly they too try to settle their squabbles, Imbert was quick to say it was a dysfunctional family and not a good one like the PNM. He said: "All good families have disagreements and are able to put it behind them but dysfunctional families like that Frankenstein monster that they are assembling cannot put their differences behind them." Imbert said the UNC/COP coalition would not be of any attraction to thinking people of the country.
"We are the Government. They are trying to get into Government and they will have a very hard time and when I see the members of that coalition...these are all failed politicians," he said. Imbert, the Diego Martin North/East MP, said his party expected to get "a significant portion of those votes that previously went to the COP when it was fighting as a single entity" in the last general election. He also said there were no drunkards and alcoholics in the PNM. Imbert said there were no "ethnic suggestions whatsoever" when he sang words from the chutney Rum 'Til I Die at a meeting in Plum Mitan on Monday. "I am very serious. There are no alcoholics or drunkards on a PNM platform while I can't say the same for the UNC," Imbert said.