THE EDITOR: Who will win the political games in 2019 and 2020? The usual top contenders, People's National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC) have the biggest spots in the political shopping mall.
In my personal opinion, it is unfortunate but the UNC, in its present political state would have difficulty running the equivalent of a parlour. What we are dealing with is a political shopping mall with too many small vendors unable to even pay rent.
Shoppers (the electorate) are forced to buy only what they can afford. An ambitious small vendor like the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) would have to get their hands on the wealth earned by entrepreneurs and the business elites in order to function. Promising to distribute all wealth equally with the labour force is asking you to believe in Santa Claus after age five.
Try not to look at what is allegedly on sale with that vendor. The Congress of the People (COP) is unfortunately plagued with people who like what they are selling, but enough are not buying anything. I will call no names but the rest of the small political vendors cannot turn a profit. They have to haggle for prices and fight to get shoppers interested. There is nothing politically exciting on sale. These people are unable to deal with serious political problems.
So the biggest mall vendor is the PNM. Once they keep the goods attractively presented and the IMF at bay, they should be there with most shoppers in 2019 and 2020. The difficulty is of course the criminal activity in Political Shopping Mall TT. Guns, drugs and human trafficking. Ignorant people shooting each other up. It is the exact same reason that the small vendors cannot control the mall.
Right this very political minute, like it or not, it is only the PNM vendor who can keep the place open for business. Sales are necessary every single day. Big sales.
Lynette Joseph, Diego Martin