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Sandy under fire

The People's National Movement (PNM) Roxborough/Delaford has come under fire for statements made at a public meeting last Friday.

"Be strong, do not let anyone distract you, you are focused; you are on a good ship, because as I told another crew down the road there is a ship at Calcutta waiting to sail to Tobago. That ship is waiting to sail to Tobago; they are waiting to get the results of this election, if you bring the wrong results, Calcutta ship is coming down for you! You must stop that ship! We must not allow that ship to sail and if you don't want the ship to sail what you have to do? Vote the candidate Hilton!"

The response by the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) has been swift. The TOP issued a media release on Sunday, accusing the PNM of waging a "race war" under the façade of their 'In Defence of Tobago' campaign mantra. The TOP circulated an audio tape of Sandy addressing constituents at the public meeting in which he suggested that if they did not vote for the PNM, East Indians will move to Tobago and take over. The release further stated that Sandy "proudly made these pronouncements in the presence of the PNM's Political Leader Dr Keith Rowley, Chief Secretary Orville London and other members of the rank and file of the party".

TOP added: "As Sandy concluded his statements Rowley and London cheered on and applauded in full agreement, welcoming him back to his seat with a standing ovation and warm embrace.

During an interview on a local radio station on Monday, Sandy dismissed the statement as campaign rhetoric, noting that he has not been using race on the political platform.

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HOPEFUL TOBAGONIAN said on Monday, Jan 14 at 8:30 PM

HOLD ON GONIANS BE STRONG DON'T SAIL ON THAT SHIP YOU WILL BE THROWN OVER BOARD, LEAVE TOP AND IT'S PARTNERSHIP ALONE, ASWORTH JACK WILL UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES AFTER HE LOSES THE ELECTION BECAUSE ALL THE PROMISES MADE TO HIS PARTY WILL BE RETRACTED.

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anon said on Sunday, Jan 13 at 7:56 AM

sandy stole that speech from the British National Party.The BNP used the word boats bringing blacks from the Caribbean.Sandy used boats from Calcutta.Well done Sandy. I have sent your sppech to the BNP office

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Jan 13 at 3:20 AM

Trinidad is not suffering the same ailment as is in Tobago,so manontheground,if that statement was made it would be a fabricated lie.You are taking out of context and missing the valuable points on the situation on the groud.But Tobagonians would not be decieved ,naive,clueless our duped.The bible said be fruitful and then multiply,not multiply and then try to be fruitfull.God way is correct to eliminate chaos.Tobago needs an element of control in the political and development areana for the country and people now existing.As much as we would accomodate other citizens regardless of race,it is not the right time for such ambitious manuvers.We need our own independence to begin with.Otherwise it would be like putting on a tight shoes hoping to comfortable walk long distances.So let Tobago be Tobago as of now,before we start tackeling your stupid allegations.manonthe ground.

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Manontheground said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 9:24 PM

People look at the statement closely it present a negative, slant in that what it is advocating that the people of Indian heritage will settle in Tobago.The population of Tobago is mostly Africian,do we as a young growing nation need such a statements. Mr Sandy Tobago is for all people who wish to reside here. If that said statement about a boat sailing from Kenya or Nigeria was made a UNC political meeting in Trinidad.The print media would of present negative headlines some being"Africians coming to takeover Penal",Africians coming to burden our economy",Africians coming to incite racial divide". The three examples (3) given not only invite trouble, but also incite hatered within a country. I would like to let the population know that it is only "Rich Indians" who can travel to these shores,in the Caribbean. We don't even speak the hundreds of languages found in India, not even Hindi.So Mr. Sandy your political ship Sailed a long time ago.TOP with new sailors are on Board. Retirement.

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Abi said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 8:01 PM

Te truth always hurts. Sandy simply said "Calcutta". I say "Bombay, New Dehli, Pakistan" Does that make me a racist? Hmmmm...

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the ferryman said on Saturday, Jan 12 at 2:14 PM

The only thing wrong with Sandy's statement is that it was made or taken too literally. Figuratively it is dead on correct. All colonisers came with ships with expnesive gifts for the leaders and trinkets for the natives.But theses ships were loaded to the hull with lies and deception aimed at colonising the indigenous people. Do you see any difference?

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Dr. O.M.A. said on Friday, Jan 11 at 10:13 PM

Sandy's perception was profoundly articulated. His subconscious paradign of the other race is an assumption held by many Tobagonians for several decades. The only problem with Sandy making the statement openly, is that, human beings in general do not like to hear or read about the truth, espacially from high profile individuals. They prefer to live with it in a frustrating manner instead of having a discipline dialogue on the issue. And, therefore, that's going to be the TOP's fear of failing to win this THA election.

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the virginian said on Friday, Jan 11 at 11:20 AM

Sonofa Tobagonian@3:41AM,here I go again,one might digest the same set of facts or circumstances and draw radically different conclusions perhaps for convenience or accommodation.You ought to know.Look what happened in my neck of the woods,and maybe yours,during last election cycle.From my observation perch,London has been unnecessarily Tobago-centric at times more than accommodating.This obviously doesn't excuse the other side though.Both share some culpability.I guess the problem might be that London is too conspicuously suspicious of what he believes the ultimate objective of the Indos to be especially considering their current lock on central government.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Jan 11 at 8:37 AM

Why should a man be comdend for speaking the truth.Christ was crucified,we as Tobagonians would not crucify christ but grolify the name of GOD and his son,so you go sandy and tell the people the truth.no apology needed.

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SonofaTobagonian said on Thursday, Jan 10 at 11:41 PM

I don't know what Sandy is seeing that I am not seeing. I can only read and do my research. It would appear to me that the THA, under Mr. London, has always been accomodating to Indo-Trinis.

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Guru said on Thursday, Jan 10 at 10:20 PM

The TOP doing more to spread Sandy message than he could do himself. That's is dotish advertising. Everytime they are aired Sandy message is heard, load and clear. But Sandy made an error the ship to stop is the Partnership, plain and simple.

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