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Kamla wins UNC catfight! Ex-PM still number one in number two party

You can call her “Queen KPB.” Well, she has been called worse.

Former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar re-established herself as the number one in the number two party yesterday, as her “Team UNC” whipped Dr Roodal Moonilal’s “Team Loyalists” and Vasant Bharath’s “Team Reconnect” in the UNC’s internal election.

Photo: We've won! We've won! (Copyright Far Side)
Photo: UNC political leader savours her internal elections win.
(Copyright Far Side)

It was not even close. To add some context, more people show up to watch the Pro League’s third from bottom club, Point Fortin Civic, than those who turned to vote for “Stink Mouth” Moonie (1,466 votes) and “Porsche” Bharath (1,102 votes).

Or, to go further, even Prakash Ramadhar (1,472) got more votes at the COP’s internal election last year. And “Praks” couldn’t even win a campaign for the big piece of chicken in his own house!

Not that Tanty Kamla’s 15,477 votes were that impressive either. But, judging from Asha Javeed’s investigative pieces for the Trinidad Express, at least KPB can argue that several of her party’s supporters were not available to vote, having buried their assets and bought one-way tickets to Panama after the September 7 general elections.

Kamla promised beforehand that her victory would mean the end of the line for her backstabbing rivals. And, presumably, there is a confused funeral home director trying to build a coffin right now with Moonilal’s before and after photographs.

Even late Russia dictator Joseph Stalin was more generous to his rivals and often waited years to consolidate power before he exiled potential threats while he continued to visit Vladimir Lenin at his sick bed, despite regular disputes between the pair.

But then Stalin probably would not have gotten away with taking his hairdresser to Parliament either.

Photo: Princes Town MP Barry Padarath. (Courtesy Kamla2015.TT)
Photo: Princes Town MP Barry Padarath.
(Courtesy Kamla2015.TT)

Trinidad and Tobago’s politics are a different kettle of fish entirely.

And spare a thought for the UNC electorate.

Persad-Bissessar led the “Yellow Shirts” into five straight election defeats. But, faced with an option of giving Moonilal or Bharath a chance, they decided to stick with Queen KPB and see what happens next.

It is the most bizarre case of loyalty since the West Indies Cricket Board’s stakeholders opted to give its president, Dave Cameron a second term, although he brought the organisation to the verge of bankruptcy and alienated players, fans, the media and the all-powerful India cricket board.

So, to the potential detriment of the country, the PNM will continue to be faced by an Opposition which is as steady and sensible as the Brazil defence that was humiliated 7-1 by Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

The UNC won’t have long to wait to be reacquainted with that sinking feeling of post-election gloom either. There are by-elections tomorrow in the Malabar South and Auzonville/Tunapuna seats and it is not the Team Loyalists or Reconnection who lie in wait.

And “by-election” has become a byword for battering these days, if you wear yellow. Licks like rain and nowhere to shelter from the EBC.

Photo: Brazil football fans celebrate then Trinidad and Tobago prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's visit to Belo Horizonte. Too bad about the 7-1 loss to Germany which, coincidentally, happened on that same day... (Copyright AFP 2014/Tasso Marcelo)
Photo: Brazil football fans celebrate then Trinidad and Tobago prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s visit to Belo Horizonte.
Too bad about the 7-1 loss to Germany which, coincidentally, happened on that same day…
(Copyright AFP 2014/Tasso Marcelo)

Tanty Kamla better enjoy her Cristal while she can. We reiterate, “Cristal” not “Kristyan.”

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57 comments

  1. “Dr. Rowley. Here’s a ‘do want you want’ pass courtesy KPB. “

  2. LOL, all in favour of Moonilal……

  3. Kamla wins internal buy election.

  4. Hey victory speech was to remind the people that the PNM is the enemy! Can you imagine that? She could have said “Thank you brothers and sisters and to all my peepur who supported, let’s work together to build the party”

    She just jumped straight into the usual venomous pit, no sympathy, no humility, no humanity! Just a crass and classless “leader” bewildered somewhere in her pursuit for power she will never regain!

  5. Oh shite! Them boys mus’ be pissed.

  6. ??? Cristal not Krystian??? great piece Lasana

  7. What is wrong with this party

  8. I think Jack gone with that dog house long time. It probably somewhere in the Centre of Excellence.

  9. well the comess has started who say what ,kiss and tell party,the trade secrets will be out,moonilal and bharat are now in the dog house

  10. Once she doesn’t ask Glenn to arrange a sleepover.

  11. I think Queen KPB would reach for Marie-Juana before she reaches for Cristal. ?

  12. And “Praks couldn’t even win a campaign for the big piece of chicken in his own house! ????????

  13. Congrats to the PNM on their reelection victory in 2020

  14. ” Kamla promised beforehand that her victory would mean the end of the line for her backstabbing rivals. And, presumably, there is a confused funeral home director trying to build a coffin right now with Moonilal’s before and after photographs.” Lololl

  15. Are we referring to numerals or defecation here??? Ma Aunty Kams always confuses me.

  16. I’m waiting to see what would happen to Porsche Bharath since he resigned as a UNC senator. Now that he lost bad bad? You Aunty Kams take him back?

    • There is a school of thought which holds that Bharath’s candidacy was stage-managed by Tanty Kams. It has had the effect of splitting the opposition votes and it now allows her to look good by reappointing him a senator after he has lost, thus sending the message that she is the kind of leader who can bury the hatchet…without targeting anybody’s back!
      I wish I could take the credit for that analysis but I can’t; it’s vintage Moonilal.

      • Thank you for replying Earl Best. I believe your prediction is true, apparently, according to CCN TV6 twitter page, Vasant Bharath pledges to continue working with Kamla Persad Bissessar…. Less than 2 full days have past and he singing for his supper? Relection as UNC senator for him then? Would Stink Mouth Moonilal return as Opposition Chief Whip?

  17. I wonder if Kams genuinely knows that she brought down the UNC just like Praks dissolved the COP?

    The UNC is a political toilet bowl!

  18. Scotty Ranking

    After this war of attrition and spite, nobody has really won. The UNC, as a political entity, has lost. This leadership battle has exposed the termites, scorpions and cockroaches resident within the UNC woodwork, making them an unattractive party to even some of the long-standing party faithful. And it has also exposed the racial bias of this party, showing just how ‘inclusive’ they really aren’t!

  19. dais ah good ole mas character to portray…Kamla #1 in #2 party…

  20. Number 1 in number 2 party. I love it!!

  21. Melville Foster no.1 or no.2 lolololol #toiletpaper.

  22. But,for now,it depends on Santos clause.

  23. Lol. According to Melville Foster, plenty Neymar-karam business going on!

  24. Your Newly-Elected UNC National Executive
    Political Leader: Kamla Persad-Bissessar
    Deputy Political Leaders:
    • Khadijah Ameen
    • Rai Ragbir
    • Wayne Munroe
    Chairman: David Lee
    Vice-Chairman: Clifton De Coteau
    Policy and Strategy Officer: Arnold Ram
    Party Organizer: Ravi Ratiram
    Research Officer: Denisia Forbes
    Election Officer: Don Sylvester
    Education Officer: Brian Baig
    Treasurer: Wendy Francis
    International Relations Officer: Nicholas Morris
    Regional Co-ordinators:
    • Central: Imam Rasheed Karim
    • Northwest: Danny Solomon
    • Northeast: Prakash Bharath
    • South: Shanti Boodram
    • Tobago: Bheemul Ramlogan

  25. Just like Brazil,was a set of Neymar karam.

  26. Lasana the piece was called for man Lol The PNM will continue to be faced by an Opposition which is as steady and sensible as the Brazil defence that was humiliated 7-1 by Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

  27. Yessss….the headline Lasana Liburd ???