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Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Silver Fox is back...

Basdeo Panday has confirmed his acceptance of the political leadership of the United National Congress, at least temporarily.

Panday was reinstated as the political leader of the UNC at yesterday's meeting of the party's National Executive at Rienzi Complex in Couva...

"...The recent betrayal of Winston Dookeran and the CoP members of Parliament in refusing to support the demand of the UNC that the PNM bring to Parliament the Equal Opportunities legislation as a condition support for the PNM's Bail Bill.

"That act of betrayal convinced me that our supporters are without a leader who are [sic] prepared to stand up for the poor and discriminated among the people who have given to the Opposition their support, blood, sweat and tears for so many years," said Panday.

Panday back as UNC Political Leader by Kimberly Mackhan,
Trinidad Express, Jan. 4, 2007

Hmmmm... Affirmative action versus keeping alleged kidnappers behind bars until their cases are called before the courts?
2005 Amendment Bill making kidnapping a non-bailable offence here and 2006 Amendment Bill extending the term of the 2005 Amendment here
Hmmmm... Off to a fine start, clearing showing again that opposing the PNM Government is of more importance than the good of the people, the same poor and oppressed that he claims to so ardently defend...

Hmmmm... No leader able to stand, eh? That's quite a condemnation of the deputy leadership of the party too. It might even be deemed a direct attack on the deputy political leader that sits in the House of Representatives. Clearly, she couldn't lead the charge to block the PNM from keeping criminals behind bars...

In the mean time, the preliminary enquiry into corruption charges against Panday, his wife Oma, Carlos John and Ishwar Galbaransingh - this is a matter separate from the failure to declare a London Bank account - has been put off for another five months, pending the conclusion or resolution of other matters faced by co-defendent Ishwar Galbaransingh. These matters include the request for Galbaransingh's extradition to the United States, a matter to be heard before the court this month.

The former Prime Minister's appeal on the Integrity in Public Life conviction is also still pending, a matter in which there was alleged interference by a sitting Chief Justice...

And so, according to the UNC's National Executive, there is absolutely no-one else to lead the UNC but a lawyer who seems to have spent more time as a defendant in the Court than as a practising attorney, and one who has not only been convicted of a charge but has even more charges pending...

Hmmmmm... Says quite a bit about the leadership material that the party has to work with, doesn't it...?

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