Bring in the spinners: Pennelope says communication is PNM’s problem

PNM Senator Pennelope Beckles believes her party has just one major problem. Trinidad and Tobago doesn’t know how awesome it is and how fabulous its plans are for the country.

“I don’t think the plans of what we would do if we get into government are sufficiently known by the population,” Beckles told the Trinidad Express.

Photo: PNM Senator Pennelope Beccles.
Photo: PNM Senator Pennelope Beccles.

Strange that the UNC and People’s Partnership Government have the same problem of being unable to communicate just how wonderful things have been since they took charge.

And that is why a televised chat with Jack Warner, Roodal Moonilal, Suruj Rambachan, Anil Roberts and Ashworth Jack and moderated by Hansley Ajodha was so uplifting for the nation last September. Everyone immediately felt better about themselves.

Well, with the possible exception of everyone who was not in the television studio and Express investigative reporter Asha Javeed, who found out that Warner knew her home address.

Warner, Moonilal and Rambachan can’t share the same space anymore without excessive eye rolling, teeth sucking and whispers of “Mala”, “Sewage” and “Coonilal” but maybe that is because no one communicated to them lately how wonderful they look together.

What Trinidad and Tobago is crying out for, according to politicians on both sides of the divide, is more public relation spinners.

Or, for the sake of argument, maybe the population is not as dumb as politicians think and can deduce the calibre of its leaders through actions more than words.

Photo: Tell us again why we're happy? We keep getting distracted by the crime and corruption.
Photo: Tell us again why we’re happy? We keep getting distracted by the crime and corruption.

Beckles took the opportunity to reiterate her support for Opposition Leader, Keith Rowley. She said Rowley’s knowledge of topics was excellent and he was very passionate about issues he cared about.

She also said that “some people” felt the PNM was “opposing merely for the sake of opposing, without giving alternatives” and Rowley was too aggressive or they didn’t like the manner in which he put things across.

“But that is his style,” she said, helpfully.

Mr Live Wire has a hunch that Beckles believes she can do better. Or maybe that is just another case of miscommunication.

Bizarrely, Beckles allowed the interview to end without delivering one single gem of an idea that would have persons flocking to Balisier house or printing “Penny for PM” tee-shirts.

According to the Express report: ‘(Beckles) did not think it was her place to articulate these plans since she believed Rowley was considering when was the best time to do so.’

The population continues to holds its breath and wait for the spectacular-ness of its political leaders’ unspoken thoughts to overwhelm the nation. Verbally, of course. Tangible evidence is surely too much to hope for at present.

More from Wired868
Missing the Faris for the trees? Mr Live Wire gets another political lecture from a mysterious man

(Scene: A dapper gentleman examines a humble lodging with notable admiration.) FAR: I love the more intimate office space, boss. Read more

Live Wire sheds a tear as Minister of Hypocrisy uses time-travel to join Boxing Day boat party

24 December: The Ministry of Health urges citizens to ‘keep the festivities at home this year’ and ‘celebrate responsibly within Read more

Anyone for ‘Covid roulette’? Live Wire has an uncomfortable experience on Scoon’s ‘pleasure boat’

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and with Trinidad and Tobago recording an average of 23 deaths a day, Read more

Oh for f*ris sake! Live Wire underwhelmed as AG meets unions, plus Keithos loses ‘dictator membership’

Faris (pronounced far-risk) Verb: (1) to half-arse a task for the superficial benefit of being seen to do it. ‘When Read more

Live Wire Chronicles: Covid-19 measures vs Covid-19 plans, devilish Davlin, and forgetful Faris

Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 vaccination drive will lose two days of implementation this week due to a rescheduling forced upon Read more

Live Wire: Why ‘Tanty Kamla’ would be the worst piñata player of all time

The UNC’s star at the 2020 General Election turned out to be Michelle Benjamin, a fresh-faced councillor from Moruga/Tableland who Read more

Check Also

Daly Bread: The cracked facades, as we head towards general elections

Last week I closed by referring to our democracy’s dysfunctional concentration on personalities and tribal …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.