Wednesday, April 24, 2024

EDITORIAL: Rowley must now prove himself


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THE JOY OF victory may be sweet but there will be no honeymoon for Trinidad and Tobago’s newly elected Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his People’s National Movement government. The circumstances facing that twin-island state are by no means rosy despite the outward appearance of success based on constant economic growth.

From far afield there was great expectation that the PNM would have won Monday’s vote against the People’s Partnership which was swept to power five years ago, when a motley collection came together under a coalition umbrella. That election had become a referendum on the leadership of then Prime Minister and PNM leader Patrick Manning. But, the euphoria and the excitement which surrounded the PP administration was quickly fractured and many a schism developed.

While defeated Prime Minister and PP leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was able to steer the course and remain in office for five years, the scandals and controversies which dogged her administration made it seem a foregone conclusion that she would have lost at the polls.

The bitterly contested and protracted election campaign would have caused many rifts and left bruises, which it may be difficult to heal in the short term. The attacks on and against Dr Rowley were relentless and made every effort to demonise him, but it did not work in a campaign where money appeared to be no problem.

The new Prime Minister has started in a magnanimous manner by clearly indicating that while his PNM took the spoils it is all Trinidad that will benefit from this victory.

This was a good gesture given the polarity of politics in that country.

But it is the big ticket issues which have plagued that country in recent times which Dr Rowley and his team must quickly try to resolve.We speak of a crime problem which has driven fear into the hearts of many people in the republic as a result of the level of brutality and brazenness displayed by the criminal element.

It is clear that the Trinidad economy has taken a beating from the decline in revenues based on its predominant oil and gas industry. This is best highlighted by the raging debate in Port of Spain about the true level of the country’s national deficit. Hopefully, with the election now settled, the accurate figure will be given. This will be important given the pending national budget and the need to deal with realities. The promise of election giveaways must remain nothing more than promises.

The issue which has, however, besmirched the name and image of Trinidad and Tobago more than any other over the past four years has been the apparent lack of good governance. On far too many occasions the rules of good financial management and simply doing what was right appeared to have been overlooked.

Going forward Dr Rowley must prove that Trinidad and Tobago is in good hands.


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