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President Pussyfoot cock-up

Justice Anthony Carmona, the Trinidad and Tobago President-elect, sang calypso under the sobriquet “Lord Pussyfoot” while he was a UWI student and once advanced to the Calypso Monarch Semi-final.

There is no information available about how Lord Pussyfoot fared in Skinner Park but, if it was a rough afternoon, Mr Live Wire hopes he saved that toilet paper. He seems to be in a proper presidential mess at the moment.

Today’s Trinidad Express revealed last that Carmona’s eligibility for the post is under question after a discovery that he only spent the last eight successive years on local soil after a four year stint as an Appeals Counsel in Tanzania and the Netherlands.

Section 23.1 of the constitution states that a person is only eligible for the post of President if he or she: “at the date of his nomination has been ordinarily resident in Trinidad and Tobago for ten years immediately preceding his nomination.”

The possible bungle maintains the People’s Partnership woeful record of hiring employees and board members, which the TOP kept intact by re-hiring its hapless leader Ashworth Jack.

Does anyone check resumes in this government? Mr Live Wire wonders if he got a sneak peek into the decision-making processes at this elevated level during “The Simpsons” when the fictional US President exclaimed: “I was elected to lead; not read!”

AG Anand Ramlogan insisted that there was no issue regarding Carmona’s appointment since he had the matter “independently researched and considered by three eminent international jurists.”

The independent research team included Sir Fenton Ramsahoye SC—who once retained Ramlogan at his law firm—and Michael Beloff QC, who were half of the legal team that said it was fine for Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner to serve as a Cabinet member while retaining his post as FIFA vice-president.

Ramsoye reportedly said then that Warner’s FIFA post was actually a benefit and honour to Trinidad and Tobago.

That sentiment was surely worth every cent of taxpayers’ money spent to acquire it.

The People’s Partnership’s two major political parties, the UNC and COP, are headed by lawyers and Mr Live Wire is not sure that Trinidad and Tobago is getting good value from their collective wisdom and oversight.

Practise does not seem to get anywhere near to perfect in that profession.

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Mr. Live Wire is an avid news reader who translates media reports for persons who can handle the truth. And satire. Unlike Jack Nicholson, he rarely yells.

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