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FOOLS PARADISE by Simon Day

posted 1 Aug 2013, 15:41 by Gerry Kangalee
 With Jack Warner’s victory in the bye-election, Express columnist Michael Harris asserted that Trinidad and Tobago is ready for a new type of politics. He is not alone in making this analysis.

Some of my friends in the US have suggested that Warner has healed the racial fault line because East Indians voted for an African in a predominantly East Indian constituency. Are these people for real? Are they suggesting that African /East Indian unity was achieved in the wake of Monday’s election? They are fooling themselves.

This election result has nothing to do with the creation of a new type of politics. The entity called the Independent Liberal Party (IPL) can’t bring about any transformation of the society. It is an election party formed to continue the same old politics that the country inherited from 1956.

This bye-election was about jockeying for the next General election to see which party will become the manager for the continuation of the neo-liberal agenda in Trinidad and Tobago.

Will the IPL repeal the IRA, end contract labor, stop privatization of state enterprises, end government public/private partnership, jail ministers for corruption, transform Laventille and other depressed communities, allow unionization of all workers, implement a living wage, nationalize the petroleum industry, implement a new type of governance, create structures for participatory democracy? The answer is no.

I don’t know what type of wine Michael Harris drinks; I suggest that he stop drinking that brand because he will end up in a fool’s paradise.

Simon Day
Maraval
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