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“Vindicated” Kamla gets vindictive; Live Wire unearths a fantastic plot

Spoiler alert: Sooner or later, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will be unable to keep a straight face. “Tanty Kamla” will just break down with uncontrollable laughter at a press conference or even in Parliament, while everyone stares at each other with confused expressions.

At that point, manned television cameras will emerge from neatly camouflaged hiding spots and we would finally know the truth.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. (Copyright AFP 2014/Frederic Dubray)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Frederic Dubray)

Trinidad and Tobago has been “punk’d” for the last five years. The People’s Partnership’s entire term was an elaborate hoax.

Sometime and somewhere, a television producer watched “How to lose a guy in 10 days” and figured “How to lose a country in five years” was potentially much more fun.

How else can you explain Persad-Bissessar’s decision to try and remove deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul for the same statement she claimed vindicated her, just five days ago?

Last week, Honore-Paul suggested that Persad-Bissessar could not be cleared from an investigation while it was still ongoing by the Integrity Commission and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. And that it was unhelpful to both investigations for the Prime Minister to claim otherwise.

In the real world, we call that logic.

The Prime Minister’s initial response was: “I am very happy. I feel vindica­ted by the statements made by the (deputy) Director of Public Prose­cutions… What more can I need?”

Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar addressed the same statement by the deputy DPP with: “My lawyers have told me that the deputy DPP in her media release trespassed against the constitutional remit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Integrity Commission.

“Secondly my lawyers have told me that she has demonstrated bias and thirdly they have advised that we would call upon her to recuse herself from these investigations.”

Mr Live Wire also has a few concerns, after reading that statement.

Photo: Eh?!
Photo: Eh?!

Is the Prime Minister now suggesting that “logic” is biased against her Government? If so, should we be alarmed or is that a positive first step?

And where did this legal advice come from?

Is the Prime Minister so allergic to responsibility that she is claiming lawyers approach her to offer unsolicited advice before going off to file their own motions in her name, rather than suggest that she sought counsel to vindictively eliminate a woman who embarrassed her politically?

Or are those legal opinions actually voices in her head?

Either sounds plausible at this stage.

Media houses are probably phoning the likes of Martin Daly SC, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj SC and Reginald Armour SC for a response to the Prime Minister’s latest salvo.

Mr Live Wire would have called Elder Associates and booked the PM a session on the couch. I mean saying that the Prime Minister’s change of tone over the DPP is a bit odd is like describing a whale as a “kinda big fish.”

And this is not to make fun of psychological illness. Far from it. It is starting to seem as though Persad-Bissessar’s entire election campaign is a genuine plea for help.

Photo: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar gets a buzz from the local government election results. DPP?! Go home!
Photo: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar gets a buzz from the local government election results.
DPP?! Go home!

And, like Lady MacBeth desperately trying to perfume her tainted hands, Tanty Kamla is doing everything she can think of to be free of her post, short of scrawling the message “HELP ME” on a piece of paper and holding it up for the television cameras while Roodal Moonilal’s back is turned.

Let us at least admit that taking on the DPP in an election year, after already aggravating the unions, accelerating the wastage of public funds and insulting the intelligence of right-thinking citizens, is like a horrible waiter telling you that you have ugly children, just before asking for a tip.

At this point, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley can have political meetings that last for just five seconds. He only has to say: “I’m not Kamla…” drop the mic and walk off stage.

Maybe, though, we will find out that it was all a bizarre reality show where a middle aged woman tried to infuriate a sleepy, lackadaisical two island republic by pulling gags like: riding to work in a helicopter while asking public servants to ban their belly, refusing to appoint a permanent Police Commissioner in the face of rampant crime, appointing a man mired in financial scandals to run the Ministry of Finance and passing legislation capable of freeing persons charged with stealing billions of taxpayers’ dollars on Independence Day.

Hahahahaha! You got us good there, Tanty Kamla.

Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar share a light moment during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. (Courtesy FIFA.com)
Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar share a light moment during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.
(Courtesy FIFA.com)

There is only nagging problem with that theory though.

Surely not even Stephen King could dream up characters as perverse and morally depraved as “Anil Roberts” and “Vernella Alleyne-Toppin.”

About Mr. Live Wire

Mr. Live Wire
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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102 comments

  1. Shyda sanker vex he not getting a position .hahahaha

  2. Ali Baba and d 40 thieves. Karma round d corner

  3. yuh know…errybaddy talkin about how Kamz this and how Kamz dat…
    i wanna nominate the dude who did the photoshoping of that PR photo for an Academy Award for Best CGI of a Politician

  4. Wheel and come again! 🙂

  5. U on shit. She was out of place don’t jump out when u know u playing. Now d report final how she feeling. That DPP jus vex they couldn’t drag it kn longer. Rowley is a fool on games cause his audience have no sense.

  6. Sounds like Anand wukking hard in de background.

  7. This could not be summarizes any better

  8. there going to be a judge on day land and money can’t go no were nobody never go with it

  9. in the end… politics will divide us , foolish people will decide the election… and we will ALL be losers…
    what exactly did the other party do in their last term… led by a prophetess and executive president in waiting??? oh god …allyu have a HART …remember him

    • We are already divided ,, politics takes advantage of that , politics itself cannot create a divide …
      We were divided before 1962 ……

  10. If they “understand”, their witch hunt will lose all credibility. It is necessary to continuously vilify Dr. Rowley. Thankfully, the Hansard does not lie.

  11. Would the PM make a strategic move and call election date?

  12. Hmm some peeps die many times before death. Thats worse… and ungodly folks wow

  13. Proven for what men could not have done, Born to lead

  14. The UNC and its supporters do not like statements of fact. They wanted to kill David West (figuratively). Although after Dana, we cannot be too sure.

    • wait? this is what PNM supporters call? facts ?

      last time I checked, it was the PNM supporters who have a hard time differentiating facts from rumors …

      Item of evidence “a” : see comments above ….

  15. ….in much the same way that the evils of the UNC (we all know the PP is defunct) are GOOD to you

  16. Lol lol lol
    So she being part of the process should have known better to bump her gum in a six page letter days before investigation was terminated. She was biased in her letter and she just like the worst ever leader of the PNM has lost credibility. For so long he has been the email specialist and he has been given the virtual slap in the face by Google and the Integrity Commission

    • Think for a second. Was the deputy DPP wrong to say the investigation was finished while it was unfinished? Or was the PM wrong to say it was?

      • the PM never said the investigation was over ….
        the PM posted evidence which she thought cleared her name …..

        and FYI – the Deputy DPP’s 6 page letter, did not say: ” the investigation is not over, no one is cleared” x 100 times …..

        the Deputy DPP clearly demonstrated bias and support for the leader of the opposition ….

        the Deputy DPP went far beyond her duty to canvas support for the PNM and to tarnish the name of the PM …

        this is a clear abuse of her office …..

      • Lasana ..

        please read the 6 page letter …
        you clearly are being a typical uninformed PNM liar/supporter ….

    • all the info was already received lol still grasping at straws

    • Whose responsibility it is to declare an investigation complete? The investigators? Or the accused?

      • when did the PM declare the investigation complete ?
        please show us…
        The PM posted a letter she received and professed that she felt vindicated ! !
        She said that she “expected” a conclusion to the investigation soon .
        And I would agree that that was improper of her …
        but since you are saying the PM concluded the investigation was over…
        please show us where she said that ….

        (good luck with that) ..

        your entire defense of the Deputy DPP is based on a lie …
        Typical PNM behavior from you Lasana …
        Typical ..

        Furthermore ..
        You claim the Deputy DPP made a statement of fact…
        one statement that took 6 pages to write ..

        was the Deputy DPP writing in Crayon ?
        how does one simple statement of fact take 6 pages to write ?

        So again you are misleading the public to believe that the deputy DPP is being bashed for the one statement of fact in her 6 page letter …
        But the contents of her 6 page letter, is what has brought the Office of the DPP into disrepute …

        : ” clear bias, and a break of the rights of the accused to a fair investigation ”

        6 pages,,,,
        not one statement written in crayon to fill six pages …..

    • Btw, Rowley never claimed to be “the email specialist”. He asked for the emails to be investigated. There’s a difference, try to understand.

  17. You may not have seen her, but there are many who have. And if my parents drink till they falling down drunk, neither of them is the PM.

  18. very nice humor piece …

    however, for the DPP’s office to comment on a matter before the Police and Integrity commission in staunch defense of an accuser (anyone) , and to impugn the character of an accused before the completion of an investigation .

    is a breach of the accused’s rights ……

    heaven forbid, the day YOU stand accused, and you publicly make statements to repair your character , that you are attacked by the office of the DPP …

    never mind the DPP has no investigating powers and the matter is being investigated by the police and integrity commission, after you were the one who referred the matter to the police for investigation…

    you would not find it funny at all …
    take the UNC and PNM out of it..
    and the DPP is wrong, wrong , wrong …

    but once the PNM and UNC is involved… the PNM becomes like Jesus, and capable of no wrong Totally disgusting typical PNM behavior devoid of morals ….
    All that is wrong and evil is OK once the PNM did it ….

    • Lasana Liburd

      What the DPP did was offer an update on an ongoing investigation that became necessary due to false rumours being spread in the public domain, which was forced her to protect the dignity of her office.
      What upsets you is that the person spreading false information was the Prime Minister. Had it been the Opposition Leader or ILP leader, you would have had no problem.
      The DPP did not make a political statement. She made a statement of fact.
      Pity you cannot tell the difference.

      • clearly, Lasana… you have not read the DPP’s letter ,,,

        you are lying to the public …
        the DPP did not make a “statement of fact” …

        she wrote a 6 page letter ,,,,

        for you to take ONE sentence, of fact, and ignore 6 pages, demonstrates rank incompetence on your part ….

        the DPP Did not make a simple statement of fact….

        If she DID , she would not be in so much hot water ….

      • Lasana …

        answer me ? Did the deputy DPP make a statement of fact in crayon and filled 6 pages to write one simple sentence ?

        or are you lying on behalf of the deputy DPP to protect her ? a clear misuse of your position as a journalist…
        you are morally corrupt…
        you are a liar and a PNM supporter pretending to be neutral …
        you cannot even write one column without having to fib …

        I am still waiting to see where the PM concluded the investigation …

        and I am still waiting for you to show me this 6 page letter from the Deputy DPP with a single statement of fact on it ….

        Or..you can apologize publicly as you promised you would do if anyone can identify incorrect statements that you have made,,,

        I have found 2 on this article ..

        • Lasana Liburd

          “Lasana Liburd
          Find me one statement from me in two years. Or just one sentence in any article I did on emailgate in that time frame… And show me a single line where I said I thought the emails were true.
          Do that and I will publicly apologize to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and yourself…”

        • Lasana Liburd

          I am not surprised by your dishonesty.

  19. God said to respect dignitaries and to pray for them but all of you disregard God word and disrespect the PM and others and pointing fingers at her you never see her with a rum bottle and glass, forgetting GOD eyes is on all off you when drinking alcohol and doing all manner off things GOD is against. Be careful of all tongues and finger pointing, I am sure that some off all you mother and father’s drinks alcohol and nobody hear all.

  20. U with out sin cast d first stone .

  21. Wonderful. I’m patiently awaiting the right to let good sense prevail…

  22. Attack attack attack!
    All who want positions if gov’t changes are coming out from every nook and cranny
    Every young,maharaj and paul
    looking for a pound of flesh.
    Strange how people in the same profession can read the same thing and infer differently but i guess it depends on their personal bias and what they hope to achieve

  23. .. all these ‘silly’ acts by PP is designed to – 1. distract while they do covert transactions.. 2. rile the ppl of T&T so they can call a SOE.. 3. have their blind loyal followers believe that they are being gratuitously harassed by the opposition and others.. 4 avoid handcuffs… Similar strategies may have worked in Guyana twenty-three yrs ago.. I wish to commend ppl of T&T for their patient intelligence so far…

  24. I’m getting more nad more concerned that the prediction of those BP Riskadvisors (forgot the name of the Company) will be correct, seeing how she already kicking the law and good governance with all the feet available to her and her crooks; i’m worried how she and her troups will take the defeat after the elections….

  25. Well if that’s the case Lasana. She’s saying something some of us knew all along

  26. From all these comments I feel “vindicated” that the masses now understand more than the politicians think they do….hmmm

  27. By saying the deputy DPP is biased against the PP merely by exhibiting logic… Is the PM saying that all PP supporters are illogical human beings?

    • well,, such an immoral positions show your bias quite clearly …

      I pray one day, you stand accused and the DPP’s office does the same to you…

      watch how quickly what is right will become wrong …..
      what you NOW call logic will quickly become a breach of your fundamental rights …

      thank you for showing that you have no moral compass, and the PNM is your only master …
      ALL evils of the PNM shall be deemed “GOOD” by you ….

      • Lasana Liburd

        What the DPP did was offer an update on an ongoing investigation that became necessary due to false rumours being spread in the public domain, which was forced her to protect the dignity of her office.
        What upsets you is that the person spreading false information was the Prime Minister. Had it been the Opposition Leader or ILP leader, you would have had no problem.
        The DPP did not make a political statement. She made a statement of fact.
        Pity you cannot tell the difference.

        • wait? the letter received by the PM was a false Rumor ?
          what false romour was the deputy DPP responding to ?

          Look Lasana, stop your typical PNM revert to making up lies, when you cannot defend your immoral position …..

          Lasana, you are now accusing the PM of never reciving the letter and making up lies to the people of T&T …

          you are an utterly disgusting human being …
          you are the type of person that makes this nation vile….

          you are worse than the corrupt politicians …

        • and lasana ,,
          the deputy DPP did not defend the integrity of her office…

          she destroyed it …

          she could have made a simple statement of fact, from a NEUTRAL positions and left it at that …
          but that is NOT what she did ….

          but there remains a 6 page letter demonstrating clear bias and total support of the opposition leader and no respect for the rights of the PM under the law ….

          for people like you to defend people in public office misusing their office as the deputy DPP has done is disgusting …

          forget Kamla and Rowely …
          they are saints compared to the deputy DPP and people like you who defend her horrible action…

  28. Oh lawd.. Nicole went ‘box lunch’ on dem..lmaooo

  29. Greer Cave…like you forget them share silk amongst themselves like it was box lunch sharing as they get into office?

  30. Great piece. So I gather that she doesn’t know the constitution, then what is the SC for?

  31. The faith of certain high rollers in society is very much dependent on the outcome of the upcoming general elections. To me this is the reason why the election date has not been called yet, even though the PP is campaigning hell hard, and also why the investigations are taking so long. Mr. Basdeo Panday was the only ex-prime minister to “make ah jail” for failing to declare a London bank account but he was out as soon as he complained of not feeling well. So what has Mrs. Bissessar to fear but then again we talking about a plot to murder, big difference!

    • Now eat your words for believing lies

    • We patiently await as much would be revealed. I say this in the memory of Dana Seetahal.

    • 4 times that conviction was quashed …
      4 times courts have ruled that both Sherman Mc Nicholls was wrong and the Integrity commission broke the law to charge Mr. Panday …..

      Mr. Panday did not break any laws, it was the Integrity Commission that broke the law ! !

      The last quashing was last year in 2014 ….. Roger Gaspard was trying to re-charge Mr. Panday yet again…

  32. Thanks for alerting us to what the REAL issues are, eh David. :-/

  33. Brilliant: holding up ‘HELP ME’ sign ….while Roodal Moonilal’s back is turned. Lol at that element of finesse (and) insight.

  34. Why the silence on the lack of accounts from the THA since 2006?
    Why the silence on the nearly 200 rental contracts costing taxpayers millions a day signed in 2010?

  35. I continue to be dumbfounded by what passes for governance. But I suppose when the majority of your citizens don’t seem to give a rats ass cause they busy planning “Summer” vacation and when the first band launch going to be, then you could get away with anything. Carry on smartly people.

  36. OMG!!! THE BEST ONE yet……

  37. Gotta admit that the PM’s shenanigans generally are impossible to ignore.

  38. We don’t discuss any issues in this canpaign:

    1) Energy prices are depressed and not predicted to return to previous levels anytime soon, if at all. What is the plan for this sustained revenue shortfall?

    2) Coupled with the energy prices, our proven reserves are shrinking. What’s the plan for our economic base long term?

    3) Crime remains a serious problem and a threat to our economic and social stability. What’s the plan for treating with that?

    4) Our foreign exchange reserves are moving towards critical levels. What’s the plan to deal with that?

    5) Health care remains an issue in this country with no apparent signs of sustained improvement.

    6) Political reform remains a pipe dream with no apparent will to address the issue in a meaningful manner.

    Talk to these issues and you will find a growing number of disaffected voters paying attention to what you are saying.

  39. That’s what happens when you let Johnny Walker talk for you. You have to get your lawyers to advise you how to feel.

  40. I know Kendall Tull. I felt it still worked for my point. Which is, if you think about it, that a tremendous over-simplification had been made. 😉

  41. “I mean saying that the Prime Minister’s change of tone over the DPP is a bit odd is like describing a whale as a “kinda big fish.””

    This would mean that the statement is false as a whale is not a big fish – it is a mammal.

    I am guess this latest turn of events has got your goat Lasana. In this silly season, I have no expectation of any kind of serious discourse on anything.

  42. Trying to picture Dr Rowley at a public meeting: “I AM NOT KAMLA” drops mic, walks off stage… #ded

  43. I just hope it’s silly enough for the so called fence sitters to jump off said fence like a bat out of hell!!

  44. Lasana, people gonna start quoting the article, buss out laughing and fall off their chairs

  45. “Trinidad and Tobago has been “punk’d” for the last five years. The People’s Partnership’s entire term was an elaborate hoax.” -CLASSIC

  46. Gaiven Clairmont

    “I’m not Kamla” drops mic #classic. This piece was excellentto say the least. Today I felt sad reading the newspapers. While I am not sold on Dr. Rowley (given some of his gaffes his year) but i am convinced the PP Government is nothing short of a dictatorship hiding under the guise of democracy. I mean doesn’t it make you sik to your stomach, first she goes after David West who all he did wrong was not agree to be bribed by the PP Government, now the DDPP, I mean when is this “bleep bleep” nonsense going to stop, I think I have to vote the PNM even if it means its just to get these pack of morally corrupt persons out of Government. And while it might be too much, because of this banana republic country we live in to hope that these ministers make get severe jail times, I really hope at least 3-4 of them see the confines of a jail for double digit amount of years. I really am disgusted by this government right now, they have absolutely no redeeming qualities. You can’t attack people and the independent institutions in this country just because they don’t agree with your definition of “what’s right” I mean aghhh! Ok let me stop b4 I can no longer hold back the profanities.

  47. Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad

  48. If I am not mistaken, those issues were “dealt with” in 2010. Mind you, I am still awaiting the prosecutions. All I have seen is persecutions. But ” doh hutt yuh head”, the current issues will be dealt with just as decisively

  49. Impossible to ignore is an understatement. I am usually left in a state of open mouthed disbelief.

  50. Nicole Ulerie my fav too…lol but the waiter is not bad either, cause it is so real, have seen that already, he didnt say ugly kids though… it was somathing else…lol

  51. Ian the result justifies the means? I have some really horrible examples that come to my mind to prove that wrong…..

  52. scrawling the message “HELP ME” on a piece of paper and holding it up for the television cameras while Roodal Moonilal’s back is turned.” Ah cyar take it! Kyar kyar kyar!!! Oh gorsh meh bely!

  53. I have said it before and i will repeat myself: Her Campaign team is being run by Undercover PNM Activists…. there is no other explanation…. I find “I’m not Kamla, drop the mic and walk off ” was the best part…lol

  54. This is really a puzzle to me.

    “Is the Prime Minister so allergic to responsibility that she is claiming lawyers approach her to offer unsolicited advice before going off to file their own motions in her name, rather than suggest that she sought counsel to vindictively eliminate a woman who embarrassed her politically?

    Or are those legal opinions actually voices in her head?”

  55. OMG!! I laughed til I cried when I read the paragraph about the “help me” note…CLASSIC!!

  56. ‘At this point, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley can have political meetings that last for just five seconds. He only has to say: “I’m not Kamla…” drop the mic and walk off stage.’
    I think that strategy could actually work!

  57. During the past 5 years this government has attacked every institution created by the constitution.

  58. Lasana careful eh they will turn their canons on you shortly you know they can’t take dissent

  59. This cannot be happening nah! I am too taken aback to even think

  60. Wow! You outdid yourself with this one Lasana..Your articles are keeping us sane in this country of madness. What is frustrating is that despite the constant nonsense of this current administration, there are people (lots) who will still try to defend the indefensible and yes vote for this bunch AGAIN (would you believe I just scared myself?) We have “political analysts” who it would seem do not even care about their reputations anymore, and who will conjure up an article praising her every move(even when these moves seem to defy cerebral proficiency.) If Kamla ever plans on going back to her law practice after “serving” the people (and no, serving is not synonymous with torturing) she is doing herself no favours with her constant defiance of simple logic (the basic ability of any 2×4 lawyer.) It’s really sad to see that after all the struggles of women over the years and all their strides, a woman has managed to elevate and rise to the highest post of this nation, but will go down as the WORST Prime Minister that this country has ever seen. And what seems worse is that she doesn’t seem to care about her legacy. Apparently just making it to the post was enough for her. So sad.

  61. I was wondering if the minions are as confused by the Prime Minister’s erratic behavior as I am, but then I saw the second comment on this thread!

  62. Ian Gooding
    You for real? Eat your food and stay quiet.

  63. Love this article. I guess there is stll more to come

  64. The majority of Trini’s are benefiting. That is the bottom line.

  65. Why would a Senior Counsel need to be told by her lawyers what to do? Will she be doing this in her capacity as PM? Will taxpayers be funding this madness. Anyone remember David West. Can the PM use a dictionary? And most important question…WHEN IS THE FIRETRUCKING ELECTION?

  66. Scotty Ranking

    Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

    Only problem is that some of the characters in this reality show certainly went off-script, as if they were trying to maneuver their own spinoff series …
    Who wants to become an instant millionaire?
    Deal or No Deal – Government Contract Edition
    Baggage – Ministerial Misconduct
    Family Eat-Ah-Food
    Trinis Got Talent – Conmen Edition
    Real Housewives (and Mistresses) of Ministers

    The list goes on …