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Dear Editor: Rough waters for Rowley; where the Prime Minister’s leadership has fallen short

“I have a right to call it as I see it and, at the moment, the Ship of T&T is drifting perilously close to the rocks, with the captain appearing not to have a steady hand at the wheel.”

In the following Letter to the Editor, former TDC chairperson Dennise Demming shares her issues with the current PNM government and discusses the leadership required from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley:

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley (left) and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC.
(Copyright Power102fm)

“Dennise, why are you being disloyal to PNM?” a friend asked me, after an interview I did on the CNMG morning programme on 5 July.

For the record, my only loyalty is to Trinidad and Tobago—the country of my birth—and whatever actions I take will not be tainted by the deep stain of a political party.

Over the past few days, I have reflected on why I feel the need to speak truth to power and refuse to let anyone silence my voice. In reflecting on my political involvement, I was reminded about why I decided to support Dr Keith Rowley in 2010.

In the lead-up to the General Elections in 2010, the ground was signalling that they would either stay away from the polls or not vote for the PNM. I was on the periphery of the discussions about what would happen the morning after the defeat.

We speculated that it would be a landslide defeat. I had one thought: no matter how bad the defeat, a strong democracy requires a strong Opposition!

Photo: UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar celebrates victory at the 2010 General Elections.
(Copyright Frederic Dubray/AFP 2015)

My motivation was that democracy must prevail and whatever I could do to support that democracy is what I would do. I chose to ensure that our country had what I deemed to be a strong Opposition.

At the time, I placed my bets on Dr Rowley and joined his campaign team. Since then, I have worked long and hard for what I thought was a man ready for leadership, a person who would be prepared to make tough decisions that will take our country into the 21st Century.

For several years, I have written and expressed my views on political leadership, especially when that leadership appears to be functioning in the interest of less than 1 percent of our country.

I have a right to call it as I see it and, at the moment, the Ship of T&T is drifting perilously close to the rocks with the captain appearing not to have a steady hand at the wheel.

The analogy of the ship was used by Rowley in 2010 to comment on the fate of then Prime Minister Patrick Manning. I am just reminding the current Prime Minister of that analogy and that, once the ship sails, the captain has to be constantly in touch with the bridge and make the adjustments to keep the ship on course.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
(Copyright Andrea De Silva)

I am reminding him that the port of call is unclear, the ocean is rough and his sailors have not found their sea legs—so the ship is on rough waters. We have virtually created a perfect storm.

My advice to Prime Minister Rowley: Our systems have to be re-designed to suit our future. Grasp system redesign as your legacy item.

About Dennise Demming

Dennise Demming
Dennise Demming is an Adjunct Faculty Member at UWI, Media and Communications Strategist, TEDxPOS organiser and co-licensee for TEDxPortofSpain and Chairman of the Board at TTTHTI. Dennise, who grew up in East POS, also has a Business MBA and B.Sc. in Political Science & Public Administration and Mass Communications from UWI.

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24 comments

  1. Sounds familiar, clearly not only in T&T.

  2. Leadership, what leadership?

  3. Trinidad sink since Rowley us in Govt He Toppled the country it’s upside-down ,

  4. Didn’t you all read his book.
    Not that I did.

    Mason Hall to White Hall.
    In my view, his objective was getting to White Hall, not what he will do after getting to White Hall.

    Remember in his first press meeting he admitted that he didn’t realize how much work the office of PM has.

    Like all government workers, he thought just getting the wuk was it and the rest was a gravy train ride to retirement with full benefits.
    Smh.

  5. Look out unc trolls on tread

    • UNC trolls!!!!! Huh????? Looks like one runs the risk of being labelled a UNC or PNM troll if one expresses an opinion in opposition to either party? Out with free thinking!!!

  6. By the way , which ship is sinking, he had the task of steadying the ship after the last administration took it into dangerous waters and it’s floating again with repairs but there is much more to be done

  7. The captain must go down with his ship. “The RATS will jump off.

  8. He is. But the ship is sinking.

  9. He just wearing the captains hat he’s not the captain

  10. Earl Best

    DD, short and bitter-sweet.

    I have to say that I don’t know too many men who have the ability to rough up a man so gently yet so thoroughly; it is largely a female talent, methinks.