Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner showed he has not lost his famous knack for comedic timing and short term memory loss last night as he entertained spectators at the ILP presentation of local government candidates in Chaguanas.
A veteran comedian, Warner kept a straight face as he pointed out that influential people in Trinidad and Tobago “are not made to face our justice system for the fraud they have committed due to the closeness to this government.”
“Our country no longer can stand or accept the perpetuation of wrong to those who sit close to those who hold the reins of power,” said Warner.
Of course, just a few months ago, Warner was acting Prime Minister and National Security Minister of this same People’s Partnership government while simultaneously being investigated for fraud by CONCACAF and possible money laundering by the local police.
But for Warner that was not wrongdoing on his part, just business.
More interesting was Warner’s latest dance partner; Subhas Panday, the former Minister in the Ministry of National Security and, more importantly, the brother of United National Congress (UNC) founding member, Basdeo Panday.
Panday, who did MC duties for Warner last night, is no stranger to Mr Live Wire. He once earned special mention for objecting to conjugal visits for prisoners on the grounds that it served no rehabilitative purpose and was a “waste of two minutes.” There was no comment from Mrs Panday.
More recently—and relevantly—Panday made it into the Good Morning section for touting, on behalf of whistleblowers, that they should receive a 33.3 percent cut of the value of any corrupt act they expose.
You know your country is corrupt when even “good Samaritans” demand kickbacks.
And now Warner and Panday are dance partners on Strictly Come Voting; one hoping to exploit the other’s surname and the other staying close to his jackpot in case his White Collar Crime Authority act is passed.
Forget the waltz for this duo; Mr Live Wire is expecting the “dutty wine.”