Before I start pounding on my keyboard to write this column, I want to make it abundantly clear that I hold no brief for any political party. Since 1961 I have voted my conscience and in so doing have voted for all parties at different times. What I voted for was always good governance for the betterment of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
We are in the heat of the political (read silly) season and the parties are all making last-ditch efforts promising the moon, the stars, road-paving exercises, filling long-existing potholes—and there are thousands of those all over the country, proper drainage, even free water tanks and oodles of other promises to bring out their supporters.
Of course, all the relevant ‘in-charge’ persons deny that these are election gimmicks or ‘buying votes’, as they say locally. The kind of nonsense that passes for politics in this country and the mamaguy with which we are fed ever so often, are unfortunately avidly swallowed by a large swathe of the population.