One year to go. Take comfort. This week should have been the week to redefine the political landscape once and for all. There was ample room for it too. Is not often that Ministers involve in illegal activities and happen to allow accompanying video too, with audio intact. That is like winning the mega millions lotto in the United States; with the powerball.
The video is hilarious and sad at the same time and it should have been the political version of suicide. I have never seen a Minister beg to be fired until that video went viral. This has to be the straw that finally allows the camel’s back to call it quits.
Of course I am hoping and there is no PP track record that would allow me to place reliable bets on the matter. And voters sometimes have amnesia.
I saw the video. I heard the ugly loud mouth brute in it. I heard him; boastful and disgusting. I heard confirmation of his drinking abilities and how it contrasted with the piss-poor smoking one’s he possessed.
We all heard that two pulls was his limit; but he could drink as if there was no tomorrow. We heard. We saw. We cringed. Well, most of us; the smart ones. The ones who understood the implications of a matter like this, concerning a Government Minister.
We expected that he would be fired, of course. There are prison yards filled with people accused of similar crimes. Arrested and charged and without supporting video or audio. But we know that youth men on the corner have no power like Ministers in three-piece suits, loud mouth aside. And all we can do is wish his mother could see his video and make her own. Social media-publishing optional.
The situation, as bad as it is already, is made worse when not only does the Minister in question deny his starring role in illegal activities, but his Boss-Lady believes him. Stevie Wonder, of course, could see that the mannerisms are the same. The activities and attitude of the man in the video could have very well been the Minister of Sports on any given day; minus the two girls, the weed and the dubious location.
I have a reporter friend who noted that if you add the fact that the said Minister can’t run his ministry and the man can’t roll the weed, we see a pattern where both men are unable to complete the task at hand. And instead of focusing on the matter and giving it his best shot, we are bombarded by shouting and useless boasting of other skills that doesn’t pertain to the relevant matter.
But all that may just be coincidence. Of course. The present matter, set to make the Ringling Brothers Circus look like amateurs, puts the blame for the video going viral at the doorstep of the PNM. The idea that there is at least one responsible person sitting on government benches is to test the very limits of the greatest imagination. To hope that a minister accused of any wrong-doing would apologize and resign from his position is to imagine the sky full with pigs and cock with more teeth than crocodile. When people talk about things one would never see, apologetic, sincere politicians should head the list. And take second place too.
So blame the PNM; even after four full years in office. Blame the opposition for every mis-step, every mishap and every mistake. About the only thing left to blame the PNM for is the missing Malaysian airline; and German measles. As I write this, PP supporters are probably busy printing “Is Rowley Fault” placards.
On the same press, in the same back-room they print the bogus racist ones as well. Between that and patting themselves on the back for doing the little things an elected government should be doing, the last four years has been a full circus. And voters have front row seats.
Meanwhile, the Minister still employed; still loud and disgusting, uncouth and uncivilized and a disgrace to the word “Honorable.” And, if he is to be believed, then we have been cursed twice. Because then there is another man from that video who is just as bad.
It is difficult to imagine a country burdened with someone like the current Minister of Sports. It is even worse to imagine that he may have a twin.
So now we wait. And we hope amnesia doesn’t kick in the way it usually does when election hampers start flying around and the air gets hot and sticky with fresh-laid pitch and sweet lies.
One year to go before we head back to answer a Government who has routinely pissed on the very hope that gave them their mandate to lead.
One more year and I dare supporters to re-install the jackass brigade. I dare them.
But, least we forget, every time you hear about the video, every time you see Anil Roberts’ face and hear his voice, remember: the loud-talking, non-preforming, heavy drinking but poor weed smoking, unapologetic, ugly brute without remorse or regard for the very public who elected him, is indeed a perfect snap-shot of your current elected government.
We deserve so much better. Accept my condolences…
Editor’s Note: The writer of this piece is a US-based Trinidadian who is not apologising to anyone who happens to resemble the Minister of Sport and other stuff.