The political talk on the ground is that it’s time to move away from the old fashioned Peoples National Movement (PNM) United National Congress (UNC) brand of politics. PNM/UNC, two sets of old time, small minded corrupt racists and back stabbers.
They are offering the same corrupt leadership and blah, blah, blah! If the chaos and mayhem unleashed on obviously pre-meditated hotspot locations of Port-of-Spain and environs is all the present youth leaders have on offer, leave me with the old political protagonists. I cannot envisage out of control youth, racing through the streets setting fires and burning trash, as being capable of propelling T&T into the First World.
Throw your mind back to other T&T young people in 1970. The Black Power rising of 1970 was led by University of the West Indies trained students. Geddes Granger (Makandal Daaga) leader of the National Joint Action committee, (NJAC) led a Civil Rights type movement which was successful at acquiring advanced social acceptance for both Afro and Indo citizens.
What was on show on June 30, did not inspire patriotic thoughts. It smacked of selfish self serving and of an alleged deliberate attempt at destabilising T&T.
There will be no replay of the totally ruinous dangerous 1990 scenario. Today in 2020, the numerous Third Party political leaders are not allegedly truly altruistic.
Allegations of passing money to deprived youth to cause mayhem is actually unfair to them and deeply scary to a concerned public.
So, what do we do?
At this present point in time there are not enough qualified youth to convincingly take over leadership of T&T without destroying all societal progress made in the last 60 years.
Political crapaud says to the youth, forget the burning tyres, educate your support base and come again in 2025.