The Tobago Organisation of the People’s (TOP) fourth annual conference ended in chaos yesterday as heated exchanges and the threat of legal action over the party’s voting process prematurely aborted the exercise without a single vote being cast.
But TOP leader and Tobago’s most famous pumpkin and cucumber farmer, Ashworth Jack, insisted that his inability to even hold a successful internal election was actually a good thing.
“I think in organisations there are going to be turbulent times so I accept that sometimes people are going to be passionate about stuff,” Jack told the Trinidad Guardian. “Democracy is alive and well and people must be allowed to express their views even if they do not agree with you.
“For me that is important. I encourage it in my family so any organisation that I am the head of must have the same kind of opportunity for expression.”
Mr Live Wire cannot confirm that Tobago police will be on standby outside the pumpkin and cucumber mansion tonight when Jack’s family debates whether to watch “The Voice” or NBA play-offs on the big-screen television set.
In any case, the TOP will have to re-do its conference as it ended without any political winners from the party.
In other words, it was just like the 2013 THA elections. Only, this time, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was nowhere around and Sat Maharaj and Indira Rampersad could not be bothered to make racial accusations.