Jack Warner probably has British soul singer Adele’s “21” album on repeat these days.
And there was another excuse for ice cream and chocolates last night as Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar recommended that he “clear his name” rather than worry about the Chaguanas West seat.
Persad-Bissessar seemed unimpressed with Warner’s power point presentation at the Pierre Road Recreation Ground, Charlieville and said his protestations of innocence should have been delivered to CONCACAF investigators and not his constituents.
“When Sir David Simmons was doing his investigations, Mr Warner did not put out his side of the story,” said Persad-Bissessar, in today’s Trinidad Guardian, “because I read in the report that he did not co-operate and I was concerned about that…
“Perhaps now he has a little more time in which he could put his case on his side to these matters in the public domain.”
It seems that the Lady PM is for turning after all.
She rejected outright any suggestion, last year, that the Government should investigate Warner’s role in the alleged disappearance of Haitian aid money while the “Soca Warriors” bonus payment case, millions of missing World Cup 2006 income revenue and the Mohamed Bin Hammam bribery scandal in Port of Spain also did not appear worthy of her time.
But it now seems that “Kam-Jack”—a steamy relationship that eclipsed even Patrick Manning’s Calder Hart affair—is well and truly on the rocks.
And Warner, who recently cooed about his past love for FIFA president Sepp Blatter, is in danger of another high-profile break-up.
“Warner says that he voluntarily resigned, but on the other hand he is saying that some ministers forced me, made me accept the resignation,” said the PM. “(That is) an oxymoron because you cannot have (say) that you voluntarily did this and then accuse ministers of influencing my mind as to what is to be done.”
Cue the violins.
“Et tu, Kamla?” Warner might have told himself. “I would expect logic from (Keith) Rowley and (Andrew) Jennings and those other detractors. But you?!”
Does Dr Phil make house calls in the Caribbean? A US trip for therapy might not suit both parties in this relationship and Mr Live Wire thinks Warner is really Rolling In The Deep now.
“Finally I can, see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare
See how I’ll leave, with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do…”
Still, if the FBI is indeed interested in Warner’s shady past as a football executive, the Trinidad and Tobago Government that is now distancing itself from him might be his last refuge from an extradition request. Surely, the former Minister of National Security will not ignore that fact when he considers a response to his latest indignity.
Two years ago, Warner changed his email address to “dsurvivor2011” as he eyed a safe retreat from FIFA investigators and became virtually a prisoner—albeit a wealthy and influential one—on the tiny two-island republic.
But might “dsurvivor” end up being voted off the island? At present, Warner is certainly the UNC’s weakest link. Goodbye.