In what many may consider as a daring move, Political Leader of the Tobago Organization of the People (TOP) Ashworth Jack organised a political rally in the midst of the Carnival season last Sunday.
Jack was still able pull a sizable gathering of yellow-clad party supporters and activists to the event. The rally opened with gospel music entertainment from Digicel Rising Star Winner Donnell Job, ace saxophonist Ricardo Seales and Pastor TeranceBaynes.
TOP Councillor Yvette Caruth in a hard hitting political speech wasted no time in bashing the ruling People's National Movement (PNM) regime, which has been in control of the administration of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for the past 11 years. She slammed the PNM for its legacy of mismanagement and wastage of Tobago's heritage.
"Look at the Shaw Park Cultural Complex, which started out at $96 million. It is now estimated to cost over $400 million and counting," she cried. Since 2006, they broke down Shaw Park and up to now they can't build it back up," she added.
"They are just the break down crew because that is all they can do," she declared. Member of Parliament for Tobago west Dr. Delmon Baker took some time out to convey get well wishes for the husband of his fellow MP for Tobago east Vernella Alleyne-Toppin.
She cannot be here with us today because she is at the bedside of her husband at Mt. Hope Hospital in Trinidad," he reported. On behalf of the TOP family, we would like to wish Mr Toppin a speedy recovery," declared Dr Baker.
He did not share any such courtesies for the PNM administration of the THA, who he charged with importing "pain" into Tobago.
"They run and bring Senator Fitzgerald Hinds from Trinidad to talk about pain, when all they needed to do was ask the more than 1700.Tobagoians, who were fired from Works Development after the 2009 THA election.
"If they want to know what is pain, let them ask any Tobagonian or TOP. Without a doubt, we will vote them out," bellowed Baker to the cheers of the partisan crowd.
"They are now on a paving spree but what they are doing is really paving their way out of office," he added.
In his address, Jack announced that the Cabinet had approved the Green Paper for Constitutional Reform at last week Thursday's Cabinet.
"In a matter of days, it would be published as a public document. Let them know that what Orville couldn't tell Manning to do, Ashworth was able to tell PM Kamla to do," Jack bellowed to the approving shouts of approval from the crowd.
After his address, Jack quickly installed the Scarborough Action Group of the party and then switched the event into a Carnival party featuring Soca entertainers Crazy, Devon Mathews and the Mighty Alrounder - the Garlic Sauce man.