The Trinidad and Tobago Parliament was yesterday the scene of the most spectacularly unsuccessful revenge missions since a one-armed bounty hunter cornered “Tuco” in a bathtub in the classic western movie, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
“I see hate, I see bitterness, I see acrimony, I see animosity and I see (someone) completely out of control…”
Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning had meant those words to be the epitaph of Diego Martin West MP Dr Keith Rowley, although, in reality, his outburst was the beginning of his own end.
Yesterday evening, though, the parable of “The Raging Bull” was finally laid to rest. Like a suicide bomber who decided to do a test run, Tobago East MP and Minister of the People and Social Development Vernella Alleyne-Toppin blew herself to smithereens while stunned observers watched on, unsure whether to laugh or cry.
In an effort to paint Rowley as a sexual predator, Alleyne-Toppin molested multiple Tobago families who had no business with the Parliament. In trying to put the Opposition Leader into a straightjacket as an angry black man, she herself became unhinged.
This was straight from the “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” with no Madea to lighten the mood.
“One day (in Mason Hall, Tobago) a young girl went to take lunch for her father in a coalspit,” Alleyne-Toppin read in Parliament. “When she got there, her father had gone to change his cow. It’s a true story. She, however, met her father’s best friend and co-worker, alone in the coalspit.
“This young girl was then raped by her father’s best friend. The product today is the aspirant to lofty office…
“Mr Speaker, can you imagine this mother carrying this pain and shame for nine months and the impact it had on the unborn child?
“The child was born and groomed to be arrogant and bombastic… He is the sum of his experiences.”
It might have been the most vile perversion in the Parliament’s history. And Toppin, who did not hide the spiteful intent of her attack as retribution for Rowley naming her in a credit card scandal, is as unfit for those halls as she is for her home town of Charlotteville. The town that she exploited as a backdrop for her unprecedented attack that also targeted Rowley’s mother, an unnamed school girl and her own family name.
And what did Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the supposed patron saint for all Trinidad and Tobago women, and her People’s Partnership MPs do as “Shocking Toppin” made a mockery of their recent claim to the moral high ground?
They voted for the Tobago East MP to receive an additional 15 minutes of speaking time. And, when Alleyne-Toppin finally ended her sexual assault and, proverbially, lit a cigarette, Persad-Bissessar and her gang thumped their desks and cheered.
They were all accomplices to the metaphorical rape and ridicule of flesh and blood Trinidad and Tobago citizens whom they had never met.
So absurd and intellectually vacuous was Alleyne-Toppin’s scripted attack that, at one point, she posed a question to the Opposition Leader and sat down.
Her colleagues pointed out that the other side was empty as the PNM had walked out more than an hour earlier.
In truth, Parliament was completely empty. The Tobago East MP obscenely stripped the place of any lingering shred of decency that might have survived the reign of ex-Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
The People’s Partnership dug a hole for the Opposition Leader and then fell into it themselves. Never again can they discuss the “Raging Bull” without rekindling memory of their own spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to terminate a rival.
“When you have to shoot, shoot,” Tuco advised his dying would-be assassin, “don’t talk.”
On the evening of 25 March 2015, Alleyne-Toppin talked herself and her colleagues to (political) death. Party done.
“Mr Live Wire sees hate, he sees bitterness, he sees acrimony, he sees animosity and he sees a Government completely out of control… Just call the bleeding elections already!”
A wise person once said that before you embark upon a journey of revenge, you should dig two graves. Mrs. Alleyne-Toppin apparently never heard of that saying and has willingly allowed herself to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
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People listen to me the woman say “he didn’t rape me, he didn force himself upon me, l had always loved him in school”. I lorrrve the romance.
I like the diary of a mad black woman
The person who wrote this script had me laughing oh. This blessed holiday evening
She has shamed her Ancestors
She should be referred to as Topless meaning void at the top…
No .eh, just no …
How can you speak out against degrading women ? by degrading women ?
You for real fella ?
I don’t what to say about this person shocked
Minister Toppin must resign willingly or by the request of the Prime ministers.
She an educated jackass
We keep bringing our own people down just to be in politics. How low can we go?
I just have 1 question, who was that so-called apology aimed at,
the late Mrs Rowley,
the lady whom Dr. Rowley is believed to have raped,
the son that came out of that ‘supposed’ rape 40+ years ago,
Dr. Rowley himself,
the ppl of Tobago,
all women who have ever been raped, all humanity,
the ppl of T&T
or the PM brcause she accepted that half ass piece of crap.
Exactly and good insightful questioning for there is so much gaps and scraps.
These are the people who are talking of rape…when children as young as 13 are arrange to be married?
Oooops ah understan; sensationalism sells!!!
I find it quite absurd and terribly reckless, not to mention illiterate, that responsible people will use a viseo by the alleged victim to nullify the consequences of an alleged crime!
I have no issues with any of the rest of it!!!
Sir, I was only responding to your post which stated “The supposed rape victim said there was no rape”!
If a minor had sex with an adult, the MINOR cannot say there is no rape!
Why, as a supposed responsible reporter, can you not understand simple english?
Why do you feel that a simple statement of fact has to be a political statement?
If the man had sex with a minor then he broke the law; but that will always be dependent of if he did; I have made no judgement calls here!
This case has no minor in it. So your statement does not apply. If the thread is specifically about Rowley, then make statements on this case or make it VERY clear that you are not dealing with this matter. Otherwise you are just playing smart with foolishness.
A word to the wise should be sufficient.
Did he rape you Malcolm. This getting more and more interesting. Oh gosh. Tell all. Real interesting trinidad want to know
Time to go Vernella. You play around with this topic too,too long
Rapist rowley got much more to answer
You feel big by slandering someone with no proof? Your statement says nothing about Rowley but quite a lot about you.
Doh worry we will move her out of Tobago seat.
A rape victim CANNOT say there is no rape IF the victim is a minor! A CHILD CANNOT give consent to sex!!! That is the LAW
Here is where your knowledge of the law is flawed Misty Autumn Dey. First, the woman in question said she was 17 which means she is able to make sexual decisions according to the law.
Secondly, Rowley is three years older than her. Even if she were younger that age difference means that he would not have been treated as a criminal.
And, finally, the statutory rape law you are trying to use in this instance was only introduced in 1986.
So you are emphatically incorrect in this case. But I can see that the PP and their supporters have no intention of admitting they were wrong here.
Hmm no morale so distasteful for such a mature person no class lady.
Not condonig what toppin said but why rowley only mentions his two daughters & never his son . NEED TO KNOW BASICS ?
Mrs.Toppin the nation heard,and saw you commited political sucide on national television.may your future RIP.
Shame on whoCheryl?
Just another example of how low this government is and disrespectfully they have no shame
Where is de UNC womens Group in all of this?
What are we older women teaching the young ones Ms Vernella u are very disrespectful u have no class
Damn shame and disgrace
This creature is full of hatred what a disgusting and shameless act to acquire votes.
She just disgusting shame on u.
If his mother is a criminal, then maybe you can find a way to make it a relevant. Not when she is allegedly the victim of a crime.
God forbid but if UNC should come back into power heaven help us but it will be a case of the blind leading the blind.
I am always for the best, most suitable leader-person and party to lead the peoples’ nation. But, with this recent unbridling and unleashing by TOBAGO East MP Vernella Alleyne-Toppin (VAT) in Parliament, I am stunned with disbelief. More so, I cannot accept that Wade Mark did not use his whipping power as SPEAKER of the House to halt is debacle from taking place – this unsavory and feeble attempt at a, malign, and too from a woman on another woman of this alleged and unfortunate incident! Wade Mark and the Prime Minister, she of all people. Madamme, PM, you are a mother and one who has tried to showcase your appeal by embracing ALL children and giving toys to all, and who has recently begun galvanizing for women’s rights, how could allow VAT to introduce this despicable, callous, and incoherent-to-parliament proceedings and protocol! Madamme Prime Minister, I understand what politicians need to do as they seek to get into or stay in power, but, this should not have been allowed to parlay out in Parliament and be a part of that “slander-the-opposition” game! And VAT’s next-day apology… made it even worse. Am I out of it, but are Parliamentarians allowed to bring their spiel without vetting? As “Captain”, Madamme PM, you leaving the cockpit in the hands of a “sick” copilot – is VAT house name, “Loosebits” and is she related to Lubitz (Andreas)! Keith Rowley, leave this alone, for, as you are seeing, the entire Nation is up and fighting this fight. Thank God that you have shown to be above what is alleged as having happened to you for you have been blessed with a lovely wife in Sharon and a beautiful family and now grandchildren and doing an excellent job at it. Your family example has thus far shown to be a shining light for our nation who desperately needs to see the family, the cornerstone of society, successfully at work. If what is said of you is, fact, then, I am even more proud of your perseverance, accomplishments, vision, and pursuit in aiming to give your dreams, wings.
To talk about Dr Rowley’s or anyone else’s mother on a public platform is distasteful.
None eh better than none….PPP, PNM, whosoever….COP, TOP,….UNC…..all is the same….pot calling kettle black and the public taking stress for it……