Re-Colonizing Tobago

Posted: January 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 With our 50th Independence fresh in our memory… Can Tobago really say it is free from the same system of Re Colonizing that has plagued Trinidad? Many have accused Trinidad as being the colonizer of Tobago. When we put this under the microscope however, we can see more closely what is missed from sitting on Top and looking down on our sister isles, and are left with a startling realization: Tobago is under the same system of abuse and subject to the prettily dressed Re-colonizing attacks that Trinidad deals with in larger doses (due to the size). What is the latest strategy and tactics to bring it about? A full fledged yet backwards attack on the Citizens of Tobago with the underlying sentence that is expressed in the actions of the “TOP” aka UNC Tobago branch “Tobago is a land of impoverished Africans.” 

Harsh words? Yes, but warranted given the extent of the plays on Race and the Handouts of white gold doubloons thrown out at the crowds from the seemingly unlimited coffers of the Party in full control of TnT, i.e. the UNC. First the idea of there being a Tobago Organization of the People needs to be sorted out. The TOP has operated as nothing more as the Tobago branch of the UNC with the guises (or perhaps novelty) of being a “Tobagonian” Party. Need more proof other than the total subjugation of the TOP MPs to the PM and her Cabal, including their silence on matters of national importance (Section 34, National Security being dismantled, etc.), and matters of more localized importance (Ashworth Jack’s $2M house, failing to declare assets to the Integrity Commission, lack of initiative in the Ministry of Tobago Development, etc.)? How about the fact that the Prime Minister, National Security Minister, as well as other ranking Cabinet members in the UNC Executive have flown up to Tobago (using National Security Helicopters for their own political purpose to get there) and taken total control of the campaign. Ashworth has become Ashworthless, the political leader of the TOP that was a political Pinocchio has now had his strings re-attached and is rendered helpless, much like his Party.

Now onto the hot topic, Race. We thought we saw an end of Race Politics in 2010 via the People Partnership, but in reality we saw a hiatus and return of it via the UNC and Friends Government. The same race bashing that we witnessed on the Divali Nagar stage by the PM and The Generalissimo Jack has been repeated in Tobago. The MC on the Friday night TOP (UNC) platform made the comment that PNM stands for “Punish Niggers More.” The MC was pulled aside after and told it was wrong…No apology issued, no attempt to even do damage control of such an utterly reckless, shallow and racist, assault on the minds of the Tobago people. Now a UNC Loyalist attempted to spin bowl this soft boiled statement, saying that the direction of the statement was being misunderstood. An acquitted response would be, ‘well what kind of Nigger were you talking about then? PNM Niggers? Tobago Niggers? To which Niggers directly was was it directed?’ Some would call this a blunder a horrible mistake, we in Trinidad would call it an average day in the life of the Government.

The Race card being used as a non-trump in politics now, what else has become outdated yet is still shoved down our throats by Politicians? Handouts! Those fancy little cell phones and money shoved in T-shirts that Manning made famous in the last Elections. Not much unlike the Spanish in the West Indies and the British in West Africa, they land on the shores with trinkets, bling, and all manners of shiny ting. But we are in the 2013 now, so what would be more appropriate in this light on Top of the reported $500 and a t-shirt? How about i-pads, i-pods, and i-phones. Wonder if Ish and Steve are planning to open an Apple Store in Tobago now or something…in any case Tobagonians are being treated like beggars here almost and the when the When they get a sound i-CutTail in Monday’s elections they will know what dotishness they’re really on. 

Now this wouldn’t be any kind of Tobago talk unless the issue of Tobago Legislation was at least mentioned. The campaign of the PNM’s “Defend Your Heritage  is being countered in a degrading manner with the UNC response “Free Tobago.” So an artificial Bill was created as it proposed to give Tobago Autonomy, yet their decisions in the THA would still be subject to the TnT Central Government. Going off on this and sounding as if they are making Tobago an Republic of itself, while at the same time having nothing but the empty promises that were made to Trinidadians of prosperity. All in all this amounts to simply allowing the leader of the THA more power over Tobago (and it’s resources  if TOP wins, and a Legal avenue to block this if PNM wins. A Win-Win for UNC and TOP (which are led by the same figures in the background) and a Lose scenario for the people of Tobago no matter who wins. 

So let’s recap: Step One- Treat the people like they are Stupid by hiding under the cloud of another subjugated Party. Step Two- Treat the People as if they are for Sale with Handouts in exchange for votes. Step Three- Treat the people like they are Ignorant by drawing the Race card. Step Four- Pull a Section 34 and use Parliament as a Circus (like everything else) to fool the Nation for a Political Agenda. So there you have it, the Ultimate plan to “Serve the People” of Tobago in the same form and fashion that Trinidad has been Served directly over the last Two and a half years. Long Live the Queen and God Bless our Banana Republic…

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