Commentary: Insensitive Rowley

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By Dr Neil Gosine

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley recently labelled the Council for Responsible Political Behaviour as “biased”. In another Facebook rant, he said,  “An ethical council without ethics and steeped in bias is to be ignored for what it is.”

The council met on  July 24 and deliberated on two complaints submitted by the United National Congress (UNC) against remarks made by Dr Rowley and the PNM. In its deliberations, although the PM did not name any party or person it was clear who he was talking about.

How can a prime minister infer, make false or defamatory allegations in his speech on July 15 and allude that a certain leader is a criminal, alluding to events that are not substantiated but are implying they are linked to the UNC.

Then  on July 7, he made comments to try to divide the country by implying that the opposition wants to give firearms to one race to attack and kill another race. It’s no wonder after reviewing the speech made by the prime minister in St James, the council stated “the language used was clearly inappropriate and insensitive”.

The council also reviewed the speech made by the prime minister in St James and found that one inappropriate. It however was more than that, it was alarming and has the potential to encourage more hate of one race against another.

How can a prime minister say these things? When we have our leaders doing this, we have real problems with their capacity to lead the multicultural society we have. They definitely have lost their equity compass and do not realise that they are the government for all citizens, not just one particular sector.

The advertisement by flyers of two PNM candidates in Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation. One flyer was so bold in offering enticements to voters that it was hard to believe.

One simply said “Apply New-Grants available” and when you understand that the current government is offering grants to their supporters for votes as they control the public purse it is really disturbing.

In fact the flyer went on to list “HDC housing,” “food cards,” “public assistance, and many more” and gives contact information on who to contact to access these enticements.

With the PNM controlling the Central Government purse, this blatantly implies that state resources are controlled through the PNM candidates and through their campaign offices. This is a terrible abuse of power for votes.

We must stand up against this type of twisted equity compass by our current Prime Minister, it shows he’s not suited to lead our multicultural society, to unite our country. All he knows to do is to divide our country to keep his cohorts in power and continue to control by division and the abuse of power entrusted in this position of authority, in order to acquire illicit benefits to maintain absolute control of this country by any means necessary.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He is also the treasurer of the UNC and a former chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration MBA, BSC in Mathematics and a BA in Administrative Studies. The views and comments expressed in this column are not necessarily those of AZP News, a Division of Complete Image Limited.


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