An elderly woman’s behaviour, which was controversially rebroadcast by the media, has come under national scrutiny with critics saying she should know better than to expose her frailties in public while supporters insist she had every right to be moved by the excitement around her.
But enough talk about the Beetham Gardens lady who flashed Newsday with her underwear.
Anyone caught Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s concession speech on Monday night?
First of all, Mr Live Wire would like to say if that anyone is stopped by a policeman while driving home and responds with “Ooooohwoooeeoho… Police posse, good evening!” and that motorist is not Maximus Dan; a breathalyser is likely to follow.
Which is not to say the motorist is necessarily inebriated; just that the officer might think it wise to make sure.
But, as we should know by now, sober judgment is not a prerequisite of politics.
Here is a Wired868 list of do’s and don’ts under the influence:
Things we cannot do while drunk: drive, handle heavy machinery, take antibiotics and competently screen potential dance partners.
Things we can do while drunk: make friends (and quickly lose them), create new dance moves and appreciate Iwer George’s latest hit.
Grey areas: address thousands of political supporters at a sensitive time, run the country, recall important electoral results and remember what you were writing about.
At least Mr Live Wire is big enough to own up to the last one. But I digress.
UNC deputy political leader and the PM’s cheerleader-in-chief, Suruj Rambachan, was mad as hell that a video of the Prime Minister’s unusual concession speech is making the rounds on Facebook.
And by “unusual concession speech”, we don’t just mean because she did not actually concede anything and was not even sure how many corporations her party won.
“(The video) was politically motivated,” said Rambachan, in today’s Express. “What they have done is to take a video and apparently cut and paste parts of it to make a mockery of it.”
By “they” Rambachan meant the CNC3 news station, “politically motivated” meant broadcasting the political leader’s election views to the population and “apparently cut and paste” means edit.
Was Rambachan unsure of what a hatchet job looks like? Perhaps he should review a recent ad where audio clips from Jack Warner and Keith Rowley are interwoven to give the impression that they were in cahoots, so as to mislead and scare People’s Partnership voters into action.
But we are digressing again there.
Rambachan explained that, like the embarrassed woman in the Beetham, the Prime Minister was just excited by everything going on around her.
“We did much better (in the elections) than we had thought we were going to do,” said Rambachan. “… This can cause anyone to get excited and we were all excited about it.”
In fact, the People’s Partnership lost roughly half of its corporations and possibly more if Chaguanas goes to the PNM, which might mean that Rambachan has set a new mark for extreme optimism.
The glass is not empty, you see, it is just perfect for a refill.
A possible problem with Rambachan’s explanation about the source of Persad-Bissessar’s high spirits is that the Prime Minister did not seem to know what the results were.
“Out of those eight (she only acknowledged her party’s efforts in eight corporations), we have brought home… how many?” the Prime Minister asked members of her podium, while already a few minutes into her speech.
Most people would try to get such information before starting a public address on election results. But the Prime Minister is not one to be bound by convention. In fact, she did not seem restrained by anything at all.
“Six out of eight,” said Persad-Bissessar, as she turned again to her audience. “Well six out of seven really eh; because one, San Juan, we never win (in) 2010.”
Take that San Juan! You thought you broke up with us; but you never had us to begin with! Joke’s on you!
Some persons on the podium shouted “five, five” at the Prime Minister.
“Alright, we bring home five,” said the Prime Minister, who was not going to let another lost corporation spoil her brilliant mood. “Give it up for five…”
The Prime Minister was mangling her lines, even as they were being shouted helpfully at her seconds before she repeated them. Thankfully, we did not elect her for karaoke.
“Tonight and tomorrow, I am still your Prime Minister,” she said, with a smile.
The nation probably breathed a collective sigh of relief. Her possible future career as a public speaker is definitely on hold for a few years at least.
Later in the news clip, TV6 reporter Mark Bassant asked the Prime Minister about proportional representation and seemed surprised when Persad-Bissessar briefly took his microphone with both hands to respond.
A newsman’s microphone is sacred. But Bassant did not look too put off by the violation of his instrument and is unlikely to file a complaint. Of course politicians never seem to remember such acts of goodwill when they accuse the media of being on a spiteful mission to humiliate upstanding citizens.
Wait, was Mr Live Wire referring to the humiliation of a Beetham grandmother or the rebroadcast of a kamikaze address by the proclaimed “Mother of the Nation?”
Methinks I shooed pot dun this drunk ‘fore I gut Wired868 in treble.