Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday reminded Trinidad and Tobago of why the Parliament Channel is as useful as a Lasco fan on Maracas beach, with her latest charge of contempt against Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
On Friday, Tanty Kams asked House Speaker Brigid Annisette-George to refer Keithos to the Privileges Committee for remarks in a recent TV6 interview.
Rowley, while attempting to defend—or deflect from—his own relationship with A&V Drilling boss Hanif Nizam Baksh stated: “I do not knowingly associate with crooks except in Parliament.”
Cue Kamla’s retort that Keithos’ comments were: “damaging, disparaging”, “intentional, reckless and contemptuous”, “[invited] ridicule, odium and contumely [on the institution]” and “had the effect of severely adversely affecting the credibility of members of this House in the performance of their duties as members of Parliament.”
Persad-Bissessar might have had a case too if her former National Security Minister Jack Warner was not on Interpol’s Most Wanted List and longest serving Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was not facing criminal charges for witness tampering.
Annisette-George said she would give a ruling at a subsequent sitting. Mr Live Wire could have handled that particular application in five seconds flat with the help of Wired868-er Vernal’s filing cabinet for local investigations—a waste paper basket.
Separate the message from the messenger? Hardly, it is time to accept that keeping a straight face when confronted with absurdity only makes you an accomplice to the act.
Case in point would be Nidco chairman Herbert George’s explanation as to why Kallco was awarded a TT$400 million highway contract at the same time that the company is under investigation—by the same Trinidad and Tobago government—for its abysmal failure to execute a TT$85 million contract to upgrade facilities at Maracas.
George, as he boasted about the “integrity” of Nidco’s tendering process, explained that the six bidding contractors were evaluated on technical capability and price—but that previous shoddy work did not disqualify a bidder.
Or, to put it another way, if, as a caterer, Mr Live Wire poisoned school children throughout the East-West corridor and then applied for a government contract to provide lunches in south Trinidad—so long as he could prove he had a kitchen, oven, pots and pans and a low price, his chance to get the job was as good as any.
George’s reasoning is a shining example of why the public sector is a cesspool of inefficiency and costly mismanagement. And why education is wasted on fools.
But then Mr Live Wire suspects his tender would have been binned within seconds if it were made to George’s household.
“Nah nah nah!” George’s wife would probably exclaim. “That’s not the same fellah who poisoned those children?!”
High ranking public servants pretend as if the Treasury is stuffed with monopoly money on a daily basis in making decisions that they never would do if they loved the country as much as their own homes—but just wait until Budget Day when the naked emperors pontificate, admonish and lecture Joe Public for wanting to buy his daughter a doll on Amazon or expecting to fill his gas tank without being molested.
As for the circulating video that purports to be a MP enjoying new, eh, roaming services. It is almost certainly a hoax.
A government minister blissfully enjoying a moment of high passion at no cost to the taxpayer and with no illicit substances in sight? Not even a suggestively tattooed journalist peeping out of the closet; or a certain tall, dark handsome head of government standing guard?
Nah. Too far fetched—and that is before one considered the un-Trinbagonian accent of the lady in the x-rated clip.
At least we should escape a sermon from Kams on sexual morality.
The Opposition Leader is no doubt an expert on the topic, although she would not have been short of potential co-writers for that speech from the likes of Anil Roberts, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, Tim Gopeesingh, Glenn Ramadharsingh and Chandresh “Brahmin Boy” Sharma.
PNM vs UNC; Keithos vs Kamla: the long running pseudo-battle of Pot vs Kettle. Pity those who think that fight has anything to do with saving Trinidad and Tobago.
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For spending 400 Billion and have very little to show for it, Kamla needs to SHUT UP
Six of one half dozen of the other
Every day bucket goes in the well one day it will stick
I want a better explanation about Reshmi, Life Snort, Beetham Waste Water $1.3B abandoned contract half a billion in lawyers fees all the failed suits that cost us money and that’s the tip of the iceberg
All bullshit aside! All ah dem is the same damn ting!
kamla people watching you you looking bad
Tanty Kams must tell the nation how their monies was spent for a completed highway to Point Fortin and we got an incomplete part before she points fingers at the PM.
Dave Lux read dis lol
The people in trinidad took out jesus christ and put Satan instead that’s what wanted
Kamla was a wolf in sheep clothing she wasn’t jesus christ but and anti christ.
And what did happen to wade mark he wasn’t the same stuepssssssssss
Very BIASED,,,,HATEFUL speaker.
Hull yuh dirty mc
Hush your c….
It piss me off to hear u all talk about her drinking like she is the only
Carry the man home your love him or leave him alone shut up
this is disturbing ,,
you have lost any claim to neutrality with this piece ..
this entire article deflects from PNM wrong doing, and tries to make kamla look like the villain attacking the defenseless PNM victim ..
BUT WORRY NOT
PNM biased journalist to the RECUSE ..
Honestly, if the person writting this claims to be centered and neutral, then he need to see a shrink
I can arrange for him to send you the contact number. And to recommend that you get a good price when you make and keep the appointment.
Just say the word.
Why did she not ask for her friend/ minister Alleyne-Toppin to go before the Privileges Committee of Parliament when she did a hatchet job on the present PM during her time as a PM? We have short memories.
That’s the name OF the game
You look happy like you loose but you still win
Don’t expect it will be taken to the committee by a bias speaker She will give some confuffled reason why it can’t go before the committee
In other words, you can see merit in the case made by Tanty
You should recommend your optician to a whole lot more people.
Dem fellas good yes
The same contractor doing a bridge six (6) years now and cyar done yet.
“Hardly, it is time to accept that keeping a straight face when confronted with absurdity only makes you an accomplice to the act.”
That is the key phrase….
Asking for a friend – let’s call her Pamela Burphard-Keypresser – can you be brought before a Parliamentary Privileges committee for your statements uttered *outside* parliament? Really?
Makes one wonder how certain people got “silk”; clearly they bought it off the rack!
If she was a PNM AG she could have gotten QC …
but who is keeping score?
Aunty kamala is a boss Rowley is the demon
Wat ah ting..hmmmm its ah pity
That is what you call rent a nigga, and when they finish use us for de weekend they drop us back dirty and nasty… U must go and ask aunty for a glass of water to drink…
Good wrap here on current corruption banter between the corrupt.
Same khaki pants politics summed up as PNM – UNC = 0
I fed up with these demons