The Tobago Council of the People's National Movement thanks the hundreds of persons who attended its recently-held first meeting at Bishop's High School to highlight the pain that is being inflicted on the people of Trinidad and Tobago by the UNC-led People's Partnership Government.
The enthusiasm and positive vibes that emanated from the meeting served in large measure to invigorate and vitalize those present, and from the general responses received, large numbers of listeners to the live programme also were moved by the testimonials of the persons who were affected by the atrocities of the UNC led Partnership Government of which the TOP are a part.
Having heard the testimonials, it is evident that Tobagonians cannot allow themselves to be abused and discriminated against, before taking preventative measures. On listening to the HIGH FIVE television programme on the night of Monday 30th January, it was evident that the TOP "moderator" and his TOP side were of the view that the victims, although Tobagonians, did not reside in Tobago and therefore the pain they related had nothing to do with Tobago.
On the programme, Carlisle Dick referred to Joseph Goerbbels, Adolf Hitler's Propaganda and Public Instruction Minister who played a significant role in the Nazi administration that was responsible for the death of several million Jews who were gassed only because they were born Jews. Surely, if the German people had an inkling of the atrocities what were to be committed at Auschwitz and to the people of Europe at the hands of Hitler, between 1939 and 1945, perhaps the history of the world may have been different and not so many people would have felt the pain inflicted on them by the Third Reich.
We in Tobago are fortunate to see what is taking place in Trinidad at the hands of the UNC led Coalition of which the TOP is an integral part. It will therefore be foolhardy and irresponsible if we at the PNM did not bring to the attention of Tobagonians, the threat this government and the TOP pose to their liberty, well-being and freedom. FEELING THE PAIN has been one way of exposing the threat to the people of Tobago.
This column is not surprised that in a TOP article in the Tobago News of 3rd February, the Tobago Organisation of the People is strongly supporting the UNC People's Partnership's GREEN PAPER that will allow any citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to spend three (3) months in Tobago, register and be able to vote or hold office in the Tobago House of Assembly. The TOP has now clearly confirmed that it would support strangers to converge in Tobago three months before the next THA Elections to steal the election and subjugate the people of Tobago. The UNC led Partnership has made clear their intentions to close the circle of domination by winning the Tobago House of Assembly and "mannersing" Trinidad and Tobago by any means whatsoever. Tobagonians! Tobago must be seen as the last beach-head of resistance against the persistent UNC/PP/TOP assaults. We dare not capitulate - NOT NOW and NOT IN TOBAGO!
A substantial percentage of the population of Tobago has indicated that they are totally against strangers being allowed to vote at THA Elections and to hold office in the Assembly, having spent less than four years continuously on the island. In the Bahamas, the qualification is 7 years even if you were born in The Bahamas. The same applies to the Cayman Islands. Time qualifications also exist in Nevis for Nevisians returning to Nevis. Similar limitations apply elsewhere in the Caribbean.
We are convinced that this TOP leadership recognizes that the only hope it has in the next THA election, is if the voter lists are padded with PP supporters from Trinidad. They must be aware that not even the corn with which they propose to feed fowls, bribes, the glitz, the money and the consistent lies will help them when the elections bell rings. And this is the reason for the TOP and the UNC-led Coalition clinging desperately to the retention of the 3-month eligibility limit to for the THA Elections.
The definition of Tobago including its maritime boundaries is most important to Tobago and its people. Without knowing what belongs to the people of Tobago, the THA will not know what it has to protect. In the same TOP article of 3rd February, the party seeks to down-play this vital issue.
The writer disingenuously indicates that the GREEN PAPER provides for consultation between the THA and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago regarding the application of the EEZ. However, nowhere in the Green Paper is there any mention of an EEZ or a 200-mile maritime limit. This column agrees with Mrs. Moore-Miggins in her call for the constitutional maritime definition of Trinidad and of Tobago so as to determine the jurisdiction of each island.
However, it is palpably clear that as the TOP collaborates with the enemies of Tobago to colonise and dominate us, it is not in the interest of their masters to allow the considerable resources of Tobago to be known to the people and therefore they are being instructed to ignore the wishes of most Tobagonians. They insist on pushing a 10-mile limit "head" on Tobagonians. But Tobagonians are not foolish - the majority has already taken the sensible position on this issue and will be satisfied with nothing less than the "international" limits recommended in the THA constitutional document.
Without reference to constitutional reform, the Minister of Tobago Development recently announced that THA Elections "will come as a thief in the night." Given that the current legislation provides for the Chief Secretary to notify the President of the prorogation of the Tobago House of Assembly and set the date for the THA Elections, this statement by the Minister suggests that this apology for a Government is still planning some sinister strategy in the hope of arresting the rapidly declining stock of a floundering Tobago Organisation of the People. However, with each passing day, scores of Tobagonians are being turned off from the PP as it continues to demonstrate its inability to efficiently run the country and, in the process, treats Tobago with scant courtesy.
In the meantime, the PNM proposes to stage the second part of the FEELING THE PAIN programme at Bishop's High School on March 18th, 2012, when another batch of victims of the UNC led Coalition atrocities will relate their experiences to the people of Tobago. All are invited.
THE Tobago Council
OF THE PNM