The Trinidad and Tobago public might be woozy today from another hard-fought battle filled with recriminations and suspicious behaviour from the people entrusted with the responsibility of governance.
But enough about Presentation College of San Fernando’s controversial Big Five victory over St Mary’s College; the St Joseph by-election had its moments too as PNM Senator Terrence Deyalsingh was voted in as MP.
Deyalsingh defeated UNC’s Ian Alleyne by under 1,000 votes while ILP’s Om Lalla and Errol Fabien were a distant third and fourth respectively and Michael Lopez at least got votes from all five members of his “My Lime” list.
PNM leader Keith Rowley suggested the People’s Partnership government might enter the Guinness Book of Records for the most losses in a calendar year.
Mr Live Wire was unreliably informed that the Prime Minister replied: “A beastly cold one will be fine if you’re paying, thanks.”
Whether or not the two major political leaders misunderstood each other is open to debate. But there did seem to be a surprisingly generous and conciliatory tone from all the camps after such a closely contested battle zone.
Even Alleyne’s post-election dig at Lalla sounded tame and clichéd.
Perhaps there is only so much time that people can spend following each other around on the pavements before they find common ground.
Here is a snap quiz to test that point: Which party will allow a football official to juggle sporting and political interests in Port of Spain? Which party turned to a flamboyant convict to steer it latest push in the polls? And which party is demanding a code of conduct for election behaviour?
Instinctively, you might have gone for the UNC, ILP and PNM respectively. And you would be wrong.
Mr Live Wire believes that one more snap election before Carnival might lead to Jack Warner, Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Rowley finishing one another’s sentences and buying each other drinks.
Hopefully, they would sort the tab out in advance before, at the end of the night, someone says they thought it was a gift or that Joao Havelange will pay.