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Happy Independence: Live Wire awards the saints and sinners among us

Happy Independence Day! Wired868 wishes to extend warm greetings to Trinidad and Tobago on this blessed anniversary.

Fifty-two years already?! If it is any consolation, you have the awkward drainage system of a toddler, the attention span of a seven-year-old and the political sophistication of a 12-year-old.

Congratulations to the national awardees who provided great service and example to the two island republic over the years. Sadly, not everyone felt comfortable accepting praise from this Government; and, for a growing section of the population, the offer of a gift from the Prime Minister seems akin to receiving a dinner invitation from a wolf.

In an effort to de-politicise such an important day in our calendar, Mr Live Wire presents the first 868 National Awards, which recognises both the good and not so good among us:

 

I NOT IN THAT SH*T (Order of the Republic of 868)

Patrick Manning, former prime minister:

Photo: Former prime minister Patrick Manning.
Photo: Former prime minister Patrick Manning.

Unlike the famous senator who will be forever synonymous with the aforementioned catchphrase and rat infestations, Manning did not grumble impotently about the hypocrisy of an accolade from a Government that accused him of everything from emptying the treasury to stealing pianos.

His eloquent yet stinging retort should be taught at schools alongside the great literary soliloquies of yesteryear. Let’s just say that US bard Cee-Lo can hire Patos whenever he is ready to do a sequel of his smash hit, “F**k you.”

 

Merle Hodge, activist:

Hodge was a party to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill and, allegedly, handsomely paid for her time. But the Attorney General made a grievous error in judgment when he mistook her for one of the walking rubber stamps that fill most State boards.

This lady is no addendum-dum.

 

Wayne Kublalsingh, activist:

Photo: Environmental activist and UWI lecturer Wayne Kublalsingh.
Photo: Environmental activist and UWI lecturer Wayne Kublalsingh.

In a society where people only “Good Morning Neighbour” when they are quoting 3Canal, it is little surprise that no one seems to appreciate a man who leaves his home in D’Abadie to protest for the rights of fellow citizens as far south as Debe.

And, in a country where few people can concentrate on a story for more than a week, it can be tiring to follow a man so tireless in his convictions.

So, Kublalsingh is the final pick for our most prestigious award; although we will scrutinise his passport to ensure he really is a Trinbagonian.

 

Order of the Mamaguy (Gold)

Jack Warner, politician, gift taker and fire-trucking scamp:

The man who was deemed too corrupt for FIFA and the People’s Partnership has become the self-appointed champion of integrity and accountability, which surely proves there are no mirrors in his house.

During Warner’s splendid contribution on the LifeSport programme, the Chaguanas West MP noted that only in Trinidad could a Minister like Anil Roberts be involved in such eye-watering scandals and still refuse to resign.

Photo: Two peas in a pod? Sport Minister Anil Roberts (left) greets then National Security Minister Jack Warner during happier times. (Courtesy Trinidad Guardian)
Photo: Two peas in a pod?
Sport Minister Anil Roberts (left) greets then National Security Minister Jack Warner during happier times.
(Courtesy Trinidad Guardian)

Roberts, belatedly and grudgingly, subsequently took his exit. Warner, who is being investigated for possible money laundering and corrupting customs officials and could face a further probe for the alleged misappropriation of millions in football money, is still in Parliament though.

 

Anand Ramlogan, attorney general:

Ramlogan gallantly offered to save Trinidad and Tobago taxpayers’ time and money by investigating himself on a criminal matter and, surprisingly, found that he was innocent. Case closed.

Funny that, two years ago, he said he was absolutely clueless on criminal matters as an excuse for his role in the suspiciously flawed Section 34 bill.

Whatever Ramlogan’s flaws might be in law and logic, he has turned “playing smart with chupidness” into an artform.

 

Eat ah food (Gold)

Prakash Ramadhar, COP political leader:

Photo: COP political leader and Minister of Legal Affairs Prakash Ramadhar.
Photo: COP political leader and Minister of Legal Affairs Prakash Ramadhar.

Simply put, Ramadhar is the Prime Minister’s personal play-doh. Here is a philosophical poser: If Ramadhar opens his mouth and neither Kamla Persad-Bissessar nor Ramlogan are there to tell him what to say, does he make a sound?

 

Gerald Hadeed, COP senator:

Privately, Hadeed thinks his Cabinet colleagues are a bunch of rats; but he has no intention of forsaking their company while they are at the feeding trough.

In short, the main difference between Hadeed and the hustlers who forage the Beetham dump for goodies is that the senator wears a suit.

 

Community disservice (Gold)

The Trinidad Express for its coverage of the vicious robbery of comedian Rachel Price’s daughter:

The country’s leading daily did a fine job in its coverage of the LifeSport programme but, like most local institutions, it is almost totally devoid of compassion for the lives of the common man and woman.

Case in point was its coverage of a robbery, just over a week ago. The Express could have stated that a 21-year-old woman was robbed and beaten by two male assailants at the Trinidad Muslim League in St Augustine, which would have alerted readers to the potential dangers in the area without compromising the victim.

Instead, two days after the robbery and with the assailants still at large, the Express named the victim as Rachel Price’s daughter and proceeded to give her name, home address and place of work.

Photo: Rachel Price's daughter was attacked by two robbers and then intimidated by the Trinidad Express.
Photo: Rachel Price’s daughter was attacked by two robbers and then intimidated by the Trinidad Express.

Presumably, the Express did not have her cell number and Twitter address to also pass on to robbers who might reasonably have had no idea who they accosted before the article.

The young lady might never feel comfortable walking through St Joseph after the violent robbery. The Express ensured she may now feel just as anxious in her own home.

 

The media’s crime coverage:

Okay, the Express is not the only guilty party here. Can someone explain to Mr Live Wire the meaning of “known to the police?” Is that shorthand for this person’s life should not matter to you?

And what is a suspect other than someone the police does not have enough evidence to even charge for a crime?

Is Anand Ramlogan not also known to the police? And is he not also a suspect in a criminal matter? Is it okay to shoot him?

And one other thing; we know the number of murders “climbed again” with the latest killing since no one has been reported un-killed since Jesus.

Can we then put headlines like: “murder rate climbed” in the trash alongside other gems like the van reversed back and the victim remained alive until he stopped breathing?

 

Marlon Charles, Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team assistant coach:

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago national women's team head coach Marlon Charles has accepted a post as understudy to new boss Randy Waldrum. (Courtesy SPH-SYOGOC/Eddie Chen)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago national women’s team head coach Marlon Charles has accepted a post as understudy to new boss Randy Waldrum.
(Courtesy SPH-SYOGOC/Eddie Chen)

Charles has coached national women’s teams for the past two decades and had a hand in the development of most of the current players. But, with the country enjoying its best chance of qualifying for the women’s World Cup, the TTFA hired a US coach, Randy Waldrum, to take them over the threshold.

Charles grumbled that he was not consulted; and the TTFA responded by sacking the coach in a press release and attempting to embarrass him with the claim that his players did not rate him.

As it turned out, the TTFA couldn’t raise the money to send the women to Texas to meet Waldrum at the pre-arranged date. So the TTFA called Charles back out to train the team in the interim.

And, when Waldrum could not make it to the women’s first Caribbean Cup match in Port of Spain, the TTFA paid for Waldrum’s 33-year-old son to come and coach for one game with the more qualified Charles as his assistant.

Oh, and Charles does not get a salary, stipend or even a per diem from the TTFA.

Kudos for your sacrifice and service to the game, Charlo; but you are not helping the local coaching community get any respect. Even Tina Turner knew when to tell Ike that enough was enough.

 

Editor’s Note: Have a great day everyone; but don’t forget to wear black in recognition of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill. Happy Independence Day and feel free to nominate anyone we missed in our esteemed list!

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37 comments

  1. LIKE HE IN AH BAD MOOD POOR FELLA

  2. you forgot the “Talking shit” award…this goes to Pastor Cuffie..

  3. Lol. This Awards thing will soon take on a life of it’s own. Eat Ah Food (Silver) for Pastor Samuel, I second that nomination. The man in the wrong line of work yes!

  4. Would love more people to look at that second excerpt in particular. 😉

  5. “Is Anand Ramlogan not also known to the police? And is he not also a suspect in a criminal matter? Is it okay to shoot him?”

  6. “If Ramadhar opens his mouth and neither Kamla Persad-Bissessar nor Ramlogan are there to tell him what to say, does he make a sound?”

  7. The Eat Ah Food (Silver) is hilarious.

  8. I didn’t think of Pastor Rodger Samuel at the time… How could he abstain from voting on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill?
    Did he not understand what everyone was talking about? Does he feel he is better than those who voted yay or nay?
    Steups. He should get an Eat ah Food (Silver).

  9. Well Pappa all you handing out Awards like Kamsie! At least you did not take back any like someone we know! Fadder help us all in this BANANA!

  10. the only award i will give parakash is a bull pistle accross his back ,a good cutarse will be good

  11. Debbie “After two years – our money spent -If ever there was an example[reason for] of recall – I will stop here”

  12. Lasana didn’t get to read what Helen Drayton had to say about Prakass. Can you guide me where to find please?

  13. Prakash deserves his own Award..it coming

  14. The best was Prakash’s i felt he deserved the highest honour along with Patrick et al.

  15. The jokes sound like they are coming out of clenched teeth in this one.

  16. No principle of fairness award?

    The winner is Senator James Lambert who never knows what a particular standing order is but doesn’t need to, because he knows that he just has to agree with the PP.

    Best Hair Stylist Award

    MP Donna Cox was a hot favourite. MP Gopee Scoon was considered because her hair looks so bad it must be deliberate. Ultimately though, the winner was Clifton De Coteau because miraculously his hair stylist has kept his hair the exact height and style for four years. That is performance.

  17. since awards are given away wiliy nily to all and sundry,definitely will add a few ones to the list

  18. “And one other thing; we know the number of murders “climbed again” with the latest killing since no one has been reported un-killed since Jesus.”..you need an award Lasana Liburd. Brilliant as usual.

  19. There was a lobby to give the officer an award for the number of suspects , known to the police who were involved in criminal activities ,shot and killed .

  20. Hahaha. Feel free to nominate Carlos!

  21. One of your best Lasana. I look forward to next year’s awards. Can I be on your awards’ committee?

  22. Quite bizarre to me that a country with such a low detection rate is perfectly happy to allow any number of extra-judicial killings. But that doesn’t seem to bother many people at all.

    • The low detection and conviction rate may be exactly why people are having a ho reaction hum. Lack of trust in our institutions lead to a willingness to play fast and loose with our rights. SOE anyone?

      • I believe people have too much trust in our protective services. The average man believes every police killing is justified; no evidence necessary.

  23. Well, Anil definitely did enough to get one himself.

  24. “Is that shorthand for this person’s life should not matter to you?

    And what is a suspect other than someone the police does not have enough evidence to even charge for a crime?

    Is Anand Ramlogan not also known to the police? And is he not also a suspect in a criminal matter? Is it okay to shoot him?”

    Well if you put it that way……

  25. I nominate the people of this country for the “candle in the dark what you should have seen in the light award” for voting for this government and then spazing out every Monday when a scandal breaks like you didn’t see this coming.

  26. I love! Cyar find nothing to add to it

  27. In fact, everyone should feel free to write in and nominate anyone we missed 😉

  28. where is anus roberts award and one for cowboy gary cooper for drama at high noon,one for madam petticoat, give errol mccloud one also

  29. Brilliant stuff! A fine way to start your Independence Day. But what about Mr TimKee and, as already pointed out by Albert Edwards, Anil Roberts.
    And I guess Finance Minister Larry Howai’s award for the splendid job he will do in assembling a package of Santa Claus goodies in the pre-election 2015 Budget will have to wait until Independence 2015 although it must be a concern if the country will still be able to afford any awards by then.