Trinidad and Tobago may never know whether Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was trying to be ironic when she selected her Cabinet team.
There was shady ex-Judge Herbert Volney as Minister of Justice, the investigator’s magnet Jack Warner as National Security Minister, the controversial Ganga Singh as Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Bhoe “I-don’t-know-what-happened-at-CLICO-although-I-was-a-director” Tewarie as Minister of Planning and “you-voted-for-the-PNM” Winston “Gypsy” Peters as Minister of Community Development.
Not to mention the selection of Larry “ten-million-dollar-government-cheque-to-go-please” Howai to lead the country into austere times as Minister of Finance.
It is a tough job to stand out from that crowd but Minister of Communication Jamal Mohammed is gaining ground fast.
On October 15 in Cabinet, Mohammed made his first claim to fame.
“I am stupid and I admit that openly,” said Mohammed, “even if it is recorded in the Hansard.”
Opposition Senator Pennelope Beckles and Senate Vice-President Lyndira Oudit tried to talk some sense into him. But Mohammed was not one for turning.
Yesterday, the Minister entrusted with the portfolio of Communication by the People’s Partnership struck again in a letter to CCN in which he underlined his point by describing his offering as “just the vides (sic) of an insignificant muslim coolie from San Juan.”
He went on to offer classics like “a blind man can see”—which would tickle anyone below SEA level—and expressed surprise that PNM officials were curiously eager to give a comment when a People’s Partnership member stepped in it.
TV6 Head of News Dominic Kalipersad, prone as always to add spice, described the letter as an act of intimidation.
Mr Live Wire suggests it closer resembles a cry for help or at least a request for editorial assistance.
Warner jealously guards his tag as the PP’s star performer and again distinguished himself recently by publicly trying to strangle murder statistics to death. But the Minister of Communication is catching up and setting such a fierce pace with his communiques that Mr Live Wire believes the drug testers should pay him a visit.
Where is Verna St Rose Greaves with those nice guys in white overalls from St Ann’s when you need them?