Jun 1, 2010

Anti-Manning sentiment—Imbert | The Trinidad Guardian


“An expression of anti-Manning sentiment.” That was former works minister Colm Imbert’s response to the People’s National Movement crushing defeat by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s People’s Partnership on May 24. The People’s Partnership got 29 seats, while the PNM got 12. Imbert retained the Diego Martin North East seat with 9,349 votes over Congress of the People’s Garvin Nicholas who got 8,077. During a telephone interview yesterday, Imbert said: “I think it’s a combination of factors...There was an anti-Manning sentiment and I was much too close to the centre of Government to see it really. “It is difficult to understand the anti- Manning sentiment but it was there,” he said. “There was the sentiment we were in Government for too long. When you around too long, people decide it’s time to give someone else a chance. The longer you are in government, the more people you cross-thread.
via guardian.co.tt

Poor Patrick Manning even the people who stood by him are now finding it easy to the ex Prime Minister for the loss at the polls. Colm Imbert has now joined with the rest of those who can't come to terms with the trashing they received at the polls and have conveniently blamed Patrick Manning for their demise. 

In their eyes it had nothing to do with the arrogance shown by the party in general or the issue of the church in Heights of Guanapo or the misdealings of UDECOTT and the Tarouba stadium. No it had nothing to do with the abuse of power and the free for all spending while taps remained dry and highways were clogged with traffic.

These people are still in shock and cannot see their failures. Patrick Manning is the easy target and it will not stop until they back in government.

Someone needs to remind them that the new government thus far, have made all the right moves - these guys will not be back in government for a long, long time to come - good riddance to this crop of politicians. Let the party retool and come again with new faces and a better plan and just maybe the nation will listen again. Until then we wish the People's Partnership only success.

 
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