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Warner watch: Media still chasing own tail, Archbishop bats for Jack

The Trinidad Guardian newspaper, in another Jack Warner-related non-exclusive, suggested today that the Chaguanas West MP may have rented a house in Santa Margarita, St Augustine in 2010, which, a neighbour thinks, was occupied by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s sister.

And that can only mean…

Wait. What the hell does that mean?!

Photo: King in his castle. ILP political leader Jack Warner gets "rock star" treatment at a cottage meeting after his release on bail.
Photo: King in his castle.
ILP political leader Jack Warner gets “rock star” treatment at a cottage meeting after his release on bail.

Meanwhile, the Trinidad Express led with information of a US$1.2 million bribe from disgraced former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam to Warner, which was news over a year ago when that figure popped up in the Asia Football Confederation’s balance sheet and the UK Telegraph came knocking.

(Although we now know that Daryan Warner allegedly used part of that bribe money to pay for child support. And we thought the Adams’ family was creepy…)

Those local articles followed a BBC report that Warner allegedly failed to relay earthquake aid relief funds to Haiti. Sensational stuff. Once you ignore the fact that it was a three-year-old story.

At this rate, Warner might as well close his Sunshine Newspaper and just take an office at any media house of his choosing.

It is only a matter of time before the BBC—dutifully followed by its local subsidiaries—reveals that Warner may have oversold tickets for a World Cup qualifier in Port of Spain on 19 November 1989.

Photo: The Port of Spain National Stadium on November 19, 1989.
Photo: The Port of Spain National Stadium on November 19, 1989.

Four words: Calm. The. F**k. Down.

Mr Live Wire would like to point out we still have a country to save from failing institutions and a loitering administration. And Warner watch is not nearly as relevant now as it was between 2010 and 2013 while the scampish football administrator was in Cabinet.

Whether or not Warner “put Kamla” in house while simultaneously standing bail for Oma Panday and paying for Mrs Roodal Moonilal’s university degree scarcely matters now. (Although doesn’t it make a mockery of Sat Maharaj’s fear of ‘Afro-Trini’ males?)

Campaign finance concerns and unstinting loyalty through a host of stomach churning scandals apart, consider this when you ponder Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s unholy relationship with Warner:

When Bin Hammam got over US$1 million past Customs at Piarco, Warner was Minister of Works and Transport and the line minister for the airport.

When the DPP demanded an investigation into the Bin Hammam bribery scandal, which revolved around Warner, Tanty Kamla made him National Security Minister and the line minister for the Police Service.

Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar share a light moment during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. Warner served as Works Minister and National Security Minister for the People's Partnership Government before his resignation in 2013. (Courtesy FIFA.com)
Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar share a light moment during the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago.
Warner served as Works Minister and National Security Minister for the People’s Partnership Government before his resignation in 2013.
(Courtesy FIFA.com)

Is it so unreasonable then to think that Warner might have been the People’s Partnership’s Minister of Justice if his case reached the High Court? Or maybe appointed Attorney General when the US launched extradition proceedings?

Moonilal attempted to erase the Warner-related trauma inflicted on the citizens by this Government, with a obscure quote from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more,” said Moonilal, in a breezily response to Warner in  Parliament. “It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Live Wire did English Literature as well. Here’s one from ‘Hamlet’:

“O most pernicious woman… That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.”

Admittedly, there was still one interesting tidbit today as the Trinidad Newsday interviewed Warner’s old friend and Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris.

Photo: Archbishop Joe Harris (centre) is ordained. That is not the church's accounting ledger. (Courtesy News.gov.tt)
Photo: Archbishop Joe Harris (centre) is ordained.
(Courtesy News.gov.tt)

Just two years ago, even as Warner was booted from FIFA, shamed by CONCACAF and was forced to resign by the PP—three of the most corrupt organisations in the world—Harris described the evidence against the football official as unproven accusations.

And the Archbishop’s response to the possibility that the church’s finances might have been boosted by Warner’s “dirty money”—including funds meant for Haiti’s earthquake victims—was Sepp Blatter-esque.

“Mr Warner may have donated money to individual parishes and I cannot keep tabs on all of that, individual parishes would but I don’t know personally,” Harris told the Newsday. “I suppose he did… I don’t know that it was tainted money that he gave to the church. We do not go behind every donation.”

What would Jesus do?

According to Harris, Jesus and Jack may have been ‘popping bottles’ like Machel Montano.

“Mr Warner has been a friend of mine for many years,” said Harris. “I have never been a fair-weather friend… As a Catholic and a Christian you have to follow the example of Jesus Christ.”

Photo: Ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner delivers water to Haiti. Haitian football officials claimed Warner failed to relay millions in aid money to the country in the wake of a devastating earthquake. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner delivers water to Haiti.
Haitian football officials claimed Warner failed to relay millions in aid money to the country in the wake of a devastating earthquake.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

And who could forget that rarely quoted scripture from the Book of Donnie Brasco, when Jesus supposedly whispered to Judas:

“Verily I sayeth unto thee… Informer fi dead!”

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21 comments

  1. Isn’t this a story called Robin Hood? Wasn’t it about a man in green with some priest? But in this instant I can’t ascertain whether he was Robin from the rich to give to the poor; Robin from the poor to give to the rich; Robin from the rich to give to the richer or Robin from the poor to give to the poorer. Buuut, I guess whichever vows that were eventually made with the parishes and this government, we the children may never see a World Cup on this soil or qualify ever again form all these divorces. Also from the pictures and story above I can’t ascertain if any donations were made for a case of holy water instead. Hmm, with that water and Oliver Queen clearly out of the way now, who is going to save Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean football now? The US just beat the WC Champions and jailed our ‘half spot’ in 10 days. Does this spell the end for us now?

  2. I just love the way Christians root for the underdog! It reminds me somewhat of flirty fishing. Ah come on guys JW may have taken money from Haitians but he’s not such a bad chap. Wow, religion!

  3. After or maybe even before FIFA the Vatican is one of the most corrupt organizations in the World. Seems Father Jo is falling into the trap. I’m left to wonder who Jack didn’t tarnish.

  4. It’s sad how ppl use religion and quote from the bible to justify the things they do. I guess the fact that “Jesus loves a cheerful giver” has blinded the goodly archbishop to being concern from whence the funds were obtained. Once it’s used in God’s work it becomes clean to their minds I presumed. Hmmmm seems like some house cleaning is in order ent?

  5. Emily, I read and watch this ‘great’ unfolding but I am in no way amused. A rat in a suit is still a rat even if you call it ‘Minister’. smh

  6. Look – don’t start me up now Lasana. I have little patience with that nonsense, then and now. All his election says to me is that we are apparently cheaply bought.

  7. I find the regurgitating stale news pretty bizarre more than upsetting. I’m just stunned that people can’t remember that so much of this stuff was already documented.
    I guess we do have short attention spans. I should probably re-publish all my stories after a year. 🙂
    I agree with you on the nation’s culpability. It isn’t the Gov’t alone. Although they should pay the penalty for their role all the same.

  8. The Government can pretend all they like and try to distract us (it will work on some unfortunately, but it is to their eternal shame that Warner was a member of Cabinet and acted as Prime Minister despite all the knowledge of his wrongdoings.

    We can try all we can to pretend that this was a problem foisted upon us, but it is the people of this nation who voted him in Parliament as our representative twice despite knowing of his issues.

    It is to our eternal shame that we allowed a man guilty of obvious crimes to remain unpunished for so long despite the overwhelming evidence which is now being used by the US to do what we should have done.

    I’m also tired of the media reporting stale news as fantastic revelations as though some of us don’t know better. You should be particularly aggrieved about that Lasana.

  9. Thank you Trin Bagonian, some of us haven’t forgotten nor do we have the 9 days syndrome….

  10. You being frugal with your eloquence today Kendall Tull? Lol

  11. An Archibishop too, Jamela … as much as I understand the ideal behind him keeping Jack Warner as a friend, I can’t be happy with him being so nonchalant about where Jack’s money came from that is donated to the church…whether it be individual parishes or not…that’s not the way we should do things…we do not turn a blind eye when we have reason to believe something is not right….he has failed his flock… to say I am disappointed would mean I had expectations based on his character but I do not know the man…and we all know how fallible humans are…so…
    But I have to say that things are becoming clearer now…it seems some catholics are really willing to turn the other cheek for Jack, because he gave some funds to the church…

  12. hahahaaaaa…true dat Trin Bagonian

  13. If the priest could still say “mere accusations’ after the Simmons report, who is we?

  14. “When Bin Hammam got over US$1 million past Customs at Piarco, Warner was Minister of Works and Transport and the line minister for the airport.

    When the DPP demanded an investigation into the Bin Hammam bribery scandal, which revolved around Warner, Tanty Kamla made him National Security Minister and the line minister for the Police Service.”
    That’s why come Sep, she has got to go, along with all her supporters, phlebes and partners.
    “(Although doesn’t it make a mockery of Sat Maharaj’s fear of ‘Afro-Trini’ males?)” Truthfully everything should make a mockery of Sat….but Warner makes him look tame….

  15. Hannibal Najjar

    “It is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Why did it take so long for all who now condemn JAW to come out and say things as this? Is it that they , during those dating and mating times as the PPP took shape, chose not to inspect what they expect and only now having the eyes to see? Helen Keller said it beautifully when asked “what was worse than blindness”, and she responded, “those who have eyes and fail to see, to have vision”.