Few would be stunned by news that COP politician Anil Roberts has been privately nurturing a green thumb. The part-time swim coach and full-time court jester treats political parties as flings and not lifetime partners; although Mr Live Wire cannot vouch that he knows the difference between the two types of relationships.
Two truisms about Roberts are that he considers volume to be an adequate substitute for common sense and, when Jack Warner gets the cold, the D’Abadie/O’Meara MP sneezes.
Roberts has not officially joined Warner’s green ILP party though. Not yet anyway. But the stunning state of the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella suggests that the Spalk Minister might be angling for Devant Maharaj’s job as Minister of Agriculture.
A recent visitor to the Marabella venue claimed to have left with watermelons rather than a work-out and he offered photographs of his trip on Facebook.
The Trinidad and Tobago Pro League is due to kick off in three weeks and the poor condition of the State-run stadia last season often forced administrators to pay Warner to use the Marvin Lee Stadium that he allegedly pinched from CONCACAF. Local footballers can apparently expect more of the same next year.
Wired868 has already stated why Roberts should be fired as Sport Minister and left to concentrate on his dubious position of coaching an athlete who lives and trains in a different country.
Roberts hardly needs the further distraction of horticulture. Or, at least, he should be made to choose between the two activities.
And, considering that the Mannie Ramjohn watermelons appear more real than his accounting statements to the Auditor General, it should be an easy choice.
So if Roberts and his mini-me Permanent Secretary Ashwin Creed show up at a bar or sporting venue near you, Live Wire suggests that, in the words of former CIC French teacher Mr Rostant, taxpayers immediately deliver this message: Go and graze in the pastures.
Editor’s Note: Read the SPORTT Company’s response here