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Tuesday 24 April 2018
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Lesson in dangers of playing politics

THE EDITOR: Naparima Member of Parliament Rodney Charles flew out of the bullpen recently, in a huff and puff, after Sandals deputy chairman Adam Stewart said a key ingredient in developing tourism in Tobago was keeping the island clean.

During a recent interview with the TT media on the eventuality of Sandals coming to Tobago, Stewart very openly stated that if there is a fete or an event taking place overnight, then the authorities must ensure there is no mess left the day after. What did Charles take out of that? His only take on that was that Stewart called Trinidadians “nasty” and that he should apologise. Nowhere did Charles try and even assess what Stewart was saying, instead choosing to shoot for cheap political points. And right there is the problem with our politicians in TT and the Caribbean.

I find it very ironic therefore that barely had the dust settled on Charles’ display that Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez is forced to appeal to citizens to take responsibility, after they left the Queen’s Park Savannah in a total mess following activities there over the Easter weekend. Rubbish strewn all over the place. Charlie come back to town!

In fact Martinez has taken the discussion beyond tourism, speaking to the very fabric of society: “If we want to build a proper society and a proper nation we have to be able to do the little things first, something as simple as picking up garbage, because I’m sure there were many children there … it means then you don’t really care about your country.”

I would like to hear what Charles has to say about that. Should the mayor apologise too? And if you follow the comments online you will see that it is now Trinis are calling other Trinis “nasty.” Should they also apologise?

We have to move away from that backward and archaic style of politics, and present a smart and intelligent approach because our people are not naive and they are not stupid. They see petty politics for what it is, and it is very funny that having attacked Stewart for a statement made no doubt with good intentions, Charles has been so obviously exposed by the actions of his own.

F SOLOMON via e-mail

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