The on again-off again former US power couple of R&B singers Chris Brown and Rihanna cannot hold a candle to the dysfunctional, cringe-worthy nature of the union between the UNC-led People’s Partnership coalition and the Congress of the People (COP).
COP chairman Joseph Toney yesterday insisted that the party did not approve Roberts’ appearance on Wednesday night’s controversial “Democracy is Alive” programme and further contradicted claims by Local Government Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan that the coalition parties were footing the bill.
The hour-long television broadcast was estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000. Presumably, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal was up all night selling pholourie.
Incidentally, Moonilal would have had to whip up an extra batch, or face the consequences, if Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh dropped by with his kids.
COP leader Prakash Ramadhar threated to withdraw from the coalition, earlier this year, if San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray was not returned forthwith by the UNC. But Ramadhar’s mood mellowed considerably after a few additional Cabinet seats in June and he is yet to comment on being left out of the loop again.
It is uncertain whether Ramadhar would have fought over Roberts anyway and, thus far, there has been no formal complaint regarding the Sport Minister’s impersonation of a COP.
Wired868 cannot confirm that the COP leader was heard humming to a popular old Beyoncé tune: “… to the left, to the left; everything you own in the box to the left.”