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Raw: Gov’t Minister bashed the People’s Partnership

The following audio clip allegedly features a Government Minister discussing the state of the People’s Partnership in general and going-ons at the Tourism Ministry in particular.

Wired868 requested clarification on the authenticity of the clip from Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed but, up to the time of publication, he had failed to respond to our email message.

Photo: Present and past Tourism Ministers Gerald Hadeed (left) and Chandresh Sharma.
Photo: Present and past Tourism Ministers Gerald Hadeed (left) and Chandresh Sharma.

Please be warned that the clip contains adult language:

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  1. That is really the crux of the matter – and you called it right. I shudder
    to think what they would have done to George Chambers, someone I really
    liked and knew at a personal instead of a professional level. In fact,
    they did with the Tesoro thing. It’s really open season now. I don’t
    think Gerry had a clue what he was getting into. Now that the toothpaste
    is out of the tube (as HR Haldeman said to John Dean on the Watergate
    Fiasco) nobody will be able to put it back and we may end up with a Colgate Complex.

  2. Yes. He was set up. This wasn’t about unearthing some massive corruption or anything of the sort. It was just to get him into trouble.
    And the insinuations he made were obviously newsworthy.

  3. Understood. I can just see myself in that position though. Scary.

  4. In no my opinion, the uproar over this recording has nothing at all to do with Gerry’s verbal delivery. I had no problem with it in a private discussion.
    I was more interested in the claims made against the behaviour of the cabal. The message rather than the messenger interested me.
    Of course, I haven’t missed the fact that Gerry has risen in the PP rather than headed towards the exit after this. And I don’t exactly applaud his role in Anil’s rise either.
    But I don’t have negative feelings about Gerry because of this clip. It might even be the opposite. This is nothing like the Room 201 home video in my opinion.

  5. Kathy, Mike, Lasana. The one thing I know about Gerry, and why it bothers me more than most, is he is a soft-hearted person. I’ve have heard him raise his voice, lose his temper about somebody and then help them when he finds out they’re in trouble. I saw him cry like a baby when ANR and Karl died. He virtually worships the PM and will do anything for her. There are many times some of the people who know him or meet him for coffee at Adam’s try to get him to keep quiet but he is Gerry – he grew up in Cobo town – and you can’t keep him down or quiet. It is not that I am commending his behaviour but I cannot totally condemn it either. He feels strongly about TNT and expresses himself forcefully. The recording is one side of Gerry but without hearing the other side of him it is easy to write him off. I have stayed out of politics while working on the fringes of it but this new age of invasion of privacy, evasion of truth and and diversion from the serious business of governance scares the heck out of me. A guy just cut across me and I instinctively rolled down my window and called him an asshole. If he had his cellphone on record consider the headline, “Old, fat, bald indian journalist calls honest law-abiding citizen an asshole.” I have to watch my contents in a big way.

  6. The children today inheriting a world that is less fun.
    Any photograph or email can come back to haunt you. They will have to be incredibly disciplined to avoid a Minister Two Pull moment.
    We hopefully have not all had that sort of Room 201 experience. But we all had moments or conversations that we would not have wanted to be recorded.

  7. As I’ve said before,the word PRIVATE, ( meaning confidential ) will become null and void within five years,with the way the world is shrinking,and as the need for scandal grows.

  8. Thank you Tony for the above. “What do you want from me, my FRIEND?” Fayola. ‘All that Glitters isn’t Gold” I guess. To me, Gold is not money, its, yes, friends. This new trend will get worse.

  9. When this came up last night on Facebook I asked Gerry again this morning and he repeated that while he said it in anger he really had no evidence at the time and none now about corruption in the organisation. I first met Gerry when he was an NAR ANR activist and supporter and he persuaded me after the coup, in 1991, to be the Chief Information Officer for the PM’s Office working with ANR. I replaced Dr. Shaw and Roy Rique (for a while). Apart from his language, I found Gerry remarkably truthful – he has not lied to me as far as I know in the 23 years I’ve known him and he is a person of his word. Seeing that I worked with Dr. Williams, was close to Mr. Chambers, worked for ANR., went to school with Manning, helped Panday a bit and taught Kamla, I’ve met and worked closely with many, many politicians here and elsewhere. Gerry has a temper and says stuff that is rough but then immediately after he is all repentant. Essentially he is a very soft-hearted individual. I really feel that if he was talking to a relative, it should not be held against him. But this is a new era of politics and despite my own media background, not something I am comfortable with. I would hate for some of my more scurrilous reminiscence to be taped and made public. In fact, I doubt that there is anyone who never imputed the worst motives and behaviour to their colleagues and bosses. What I do when someone uses a “dem say” against me is to say exactly that – we all reach the point where we criticise, condemn or even malign the people around us at work and at home but judge me by my actions instead of what someone else or (in this case) a tape says. When someone tells me something about someone else “in confidence” I ask, “Why are you telling me this? What do you want from me?” I know that person wants me to take a certain action or tread a particular path. I hate being manipulated like that.

  10. Anybody else concerned that so many close “friends” have taken to recording each other and then bussing mark?

  11. I ent hear a good “Back Back” song like that since the Mighty Sparrow. 🙂

  12. No problem. I asked Gerry about it and he told me that he was under
    pressure as Chairman of the Airport Authority to do stuff that he wasn’t comfortable with and that is when, in a private conversation with a very
    close relative who asked him what was bothering him, he lost his temper and vented his anger. What was interesting is that he says that he really has
    no subsequent evidence to support anything he said hastily that day.

  13. Fair enough Tony. I actually wasn’t sure of the timeline at first.
    I will change to “bashed” the PP. It won’t show up on links that already went out. But it will look different on the site.

  14. Philip yuh preaching really good man, because I have yet to understand why the masses in our sweet country continues to follow that present corrupted government eh, like them don’t have any understanding or what eh or it is ah race thing. Them really good yes.

  15. POWER ANYWHERE WHERE THERES PEOPLE!
    Power anywhere where there’s people. Power anywhere where there’s people. Let me give you an example of teaching people. Basically, the way they learn is observation and participation. You know a lot of us go around and joke ourselves and believe that the masses have understanding, but that’s not true. And even if they did, it wouldn’t make any difference. Because with some things, you have to learn by seeing it or either participating in it. And you know yourselves that there are people walking around your community today that have all types of degrees that should be taking part in this discourse but are not here. Right? Because you can have as many degrees as a thermometer. If you don’t have any practice, they you can’t walk across the street and chew gum at the same time. ENT???

  16. ah just love it when ah start the bacchanal eh, to drag the intelligence and the wisdom out from alyuh brains eh, meh brother and I know that you are loaded……’teach, teach, teach, I am all ears.

  17. No Earl you called it wrong it’s not white supremacy it is called Elitism! When we get a hand up we never look down at the poor and downtrodden but instead we continue to reach up looking for another hand up forgetting our downtrodden brothers who are giving us a push up!

  18. The fact is that we all live under a system of white supremacy, even in our sweet country. Them really good yes.

  19. Why call that racism Earl, we all had the chance to pull our boot straps up some did and some did not others are there waiting for uncle whoever to come pull it up for them, what else could uncle Eric do force feed them???

  20. But the PNM is racist the same ent, because I have yet to understand as meh uncle Farakan said when he visited our sweet country and saw the conditions that our black folks was still living in eh, with a country with so many resources and billions of monies ent and he said that he couldn’t understand how a black government eh, that ruled our sweet country for over plenty of years eh and our black folks wasn’t living in better conditions. Them really good yes.

  21. A powerful story Earl:

    A passerby found a sparrow lying on its back on the sidewalk with its legs pointed up towards the sky. The passerby asked what the sparrow was doing, and the sparrow answered that she’d heard that the sky was going to fall.
    “And you think you’re going to hold it up with those little legs of yours?” scoffed the passerby.
    “We do what we can,” said the sparrow. “We do what we can”

  22. The headline is misleading. He was NOT a government minister when this was secretly recorded.

  23. Be careful with what you say in any phone conversation you may be recorded……it will be used against you at a later date…so be careful…

  24. Listen to the details of it. He has been recently fired. He calls Jack to commiserate on something and he refers to “if she lose this election” couple that with the mention of SNC Lavallin….and the window of time seems to be between Jack leaving the party and the Chaguanas by election.

  25. This conversation takes place around the time Jack left the party, before the by election.

  26. Sounds more frustrated than wajang

  27. The other speaker was trying to get at the truth as the Minister saw it.

  28. These politicians/rats have guts more than a calabash yes!

  29. It shows the calibre of those who call themselves leaders in this land(Irregardless of party)