THE UNC is surrounded by a few “Neemarkarams” as they face a keenly contested Local Government Elections (LGE).
Anyone who has worked to build a party and was given a direct chance to make a living from the party and has defected to the PNM is truly the personification of the meaning of the word “neemarkaram”.
That is for sure, that they are genuinely ungrateful, have no loyalty and show no gratitude to their beliefs or their Leader.
The PNM whether it is by hook or crook has been duped to take up the unfaithful, disloyal defectors to make themselves appear more attractive in these Local Government Elections where after, the defectors are used in these elections, will be cast aside like an old mashed up shoe that you discard in the garbage.
What the PNM is really doing is changing the narrative and using window dressing to prevent the citizens from focusing on the real issues, their inability to deal with the real issues such as crime, the dilapidated roads, the neglected schools, the neglected school children, the security of their citizens, the flooding of the many constituencies especially in the flood-prone areas, not having police cars to address crime, no fire trucks and killing citizens with more taxes and more inflation.
These are just a couple of issues that we are faced with on a daily basis. So don’t tell me about ambition and forward-thinking men that have defected and joined the PNM.
Abandoning your faith and your loyalty is the lowest level you can go. These men are definitely political opportunists who have sold their souls for 30 pieces of silver. No one will ever trust them again, the citizens see them for who they are and the PNM higher hierarchy also see them for who they are. That’s why they will never be put in any real position of power within the PNM’s party.
They will be used for the Local Government Elections, they will get a small post and a little “eat ah food” compensation but nothing substantial.
The real issues are not being addressed as people are suffering and have to cope with an increased cost of living as higher fuel and food prices stare us down every day and in the end that is what we must vote for.
Unless we come to terms with the fact that we are sinking under the PNM and we need a government that works for all citizens, not just the elite or the party faithful, that we need a change and it must come now more than ever.
We will be stuck in this inescapable hole swallowing everything in its path. We need people to serve the nation, not political opportunists that move from one party to another by inducement and the all-mighty dollar.
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.