The People’s National Movement (PNM) Government is again facing complaints of arrogance, failing to deliver on its pre-election hype and being out of touch with the public, after its first sex scandal and subsequent resignation.
PNM senator Hafeez Ali, the defeated candidate for Barataria/San Juan, was the guilty party in the first political f**k-up of the new administration—not counting Colm Imbert’s budget. And, just as we were told he had come, Ali-G submitted his resignation and was gone.
For a country that has grown accustomed to getting its sex scandals served up like banana splits with macadamia nuts and rainbow coloured sprinkles, that was about as captivating as plain yogurt.
According to a Trinidad Newsday article, Ali-G was befriended by a stranger on Facebook who, after a couple of “erotic conversations”, got him to send a video of himself speaking naughty while choking the bishop. Not—and we cannot emphasise this enough—Bishop Barbara Burke!
The unidentified female Facebook friend then posted the video online and got Ali-G to send her “vast sums of money” to have it deleted, which she never did. The matter was eventually reported to the Fraud Squad.
A friend of the senator told Newsday that Ali-G was “not only traumatised but depressed.” If Ali feels sick now, wait until he finds out that the “sexy woman” he befriended was actually Marcia Braveboy!
Okay, so Mr Live Wire doesn’t know whether it was Braveboy. But chances are there are 13 year girls with self-esteem issues who are less vulnerable than this senator was to online bullying.
Somewhere, Anil Roberts probably read about Ali-G’s little problem and laughed himself into a stupor.
Politicians being hoodwinked into self-degradation by empty promises? Live Wire feels certain that Reshmi Ramnarine was better equipped to head the SSA than Ali-G is for higher office.
Once more, the PNM has proven that it has no intention of walking the talk.
Before the 7 September 2015 election, then Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley was either dancing into the sunset with a scantily dressed teenaged model or offering sparring sessions to a young female reporter—the shirtless Rowley allegedly vowed to float on her butterfly and fight off her bee.
By now, one would expect more than enough material for a “50 Shades of Keithos.” But, nope, it is just another example of a largely underwhelming affair by the political leader and his party so far.
AG Faris Al-Rawi squeezing into size small tee-shirts seems to be as revealing as the PNM is prepared to get these days.
And that conservative approach to governance has now culminated in a sex scandal which involved no Latin accents, illicit drugs, Woodbrook angels or goats; and no HDC houses as sweeteners, Muslimeen hitmen on speed dial, floored mistresses, groped flight attendants, or Glenn Ramadharsingh acting as chauffeur. And nobody else in the room. Period!
But, since we have nothing else to take our minds off low oil prices, the rising murder rate, a stagnant economy and our starving neighbours on the continent, here’s looking at you Ali-G!
Why Ali-G sex scandal might be symptomatic of life under PNM:
The Senator was too condescending to involve his constituents;
There was a dodgy tendering process;
Yet another failed attempt to diversify, ahmm, let’s call it “the economy”;
High gas prices and empty treasury left him shy of one person for his two-some;
He was out of touch with his fellow stakeholder the whole time but arrogantly finished the project anyway!