Parochial island politics has raised its ugly head in the lead up to the ever popular Easter Monday Mt Pleasant Goat Race Festival.
When Chairman of the Games Committee and former PNM THA candidate Carl Alleyne appeared on a radio interview last Tuesday to promote the event, he made some stunning observations, exposing the political divide of the planning committeee.
Alleyne, a former fire officer and Mt St George resident who has been living in the community for some time now, revealed that the organisers of the event had invited Sports Minister Anil Roberts to attend the event to punish the THA for not finishing construction of the Pavilion at the Mt Pleasant grounds. He continued to shock the listening public when he further revealed that the Pavilion was finished and there was no need for the Sports Minister to attend.
The Mt Pleasant Goat Race event has had a tradition of national Sport Ministers being invited to attend the event. Among the former Sports Ministers who have attended the event were Pam Nicholson, Jean Pierre and Roger Boynes. However, for some time now the PNM led THA has been complaining about 'disrespect' in relation to Government Ministers operating in Tobago. It also appears that with a THA election on the horizon the combatants are becoming even more 'jumpy'.
Pam Nicholson, a former Sports Minister under the NAR Government and parliamentary representative for Tobago West in a call to a local radio station commented on the issue and wanted "to know if Tobago has seceded from Trinidad". She made the point that Anil Roberts was the Sports Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Tobago News has been reliably informed that a well known PNM activist/supporter has been saying that if Anil Roberts is invited to the event the THA would withdraw sponsorship of the sports meeting.