TOP sell-out confirmed
THE EDITOR: The Tobago Organisation of the People has reconfirmed that its priority is obedience to its masters and mistresses in Trinidad, rather than the protection of the interests of the people of Tobago.
In a column published in the Tobago News on Friday 3rd February, the TOP has made it clear that the party is rejecting the recommendation made by the vast majority of Tobagonians that the residential qualification for persons voting in a Tobago House of Assembly election should be increased from three months to four years.
The TOP is also criticising the proposal that Tobago's maritime boundaries should be increased to a maximum of two hundred miles and is advocating a meagre ten mile zone.
It is mind boggling,even frightening, that a party which claims to represent Tobagonians could be taking these positions at this time. We are all aware that, over the next decade,much of the activity in the energy sector will be focused on the marine area to the north east of Tobago.
Despite this development, the TOP is insisting that we should not even be involved in the process. In fact, they are prepared for us to surrender our stake in our own resources and continue to go to the negotiating table with the Central Government as mendicants, rather than as partners with a significant stake in the country's patrimony.
Tobagonians are also justifiably concerned that, because of our small size, we are vulnerable to " legalised voter padding" and that the People"s Partnership intends to influence the next Tobago House of Assembly election by "populating" the electoral districts with new voters, using the present three month residential qualification. It is, therefore quite obvious that the Tobago Organisation of the People is acting "on instructions" when it attempts to convince Tobagonians that it is in their interest to support a three month, in preference to a four year residential period.
Over the last two years, the TOP has placed the interests of their UNC colleagues before the interests of the people of Tobago.
However, nothing could compare with this latest betrayal which not only undermines the aspirations of all those who participated in the deliberations on the Review of the Tobago House of Assembly Act but also emasculates the Assembly and jeopardises the future of generations of Tobagonians.
I urge you to read that TOP column, digest the content and draw your own conclusions.