Jun 10, 2010

Women in Charge!


Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has placed two women in leading positions on the Opposition benches in the Lower and Upper houses of Parliament.
Port of Spain South MP Marlene McDonald was named as the Opposition Chief Whip, while former Arima MP Pennelope Beckles will return to the political limelight as Leader of the Opposition benches in the Senate.
This means that when the Parliament convenes next Friday, it will be an historic session with Kamla Persad-Bissessar as this country’s first woman Prime Minister, McDonald as the first woman Opposition Chief Whip and Beckles as the first woman Leader of the Opposition bench in the Senate.
Rowley made the announcement yesterday at a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Port of Spain, where he also named the six new Opposition Senators.
Pennelope Beckles who was rejected by former Prime Minister Patrick Manning as not being fit enough to run for political office is now the Leader of the Opposition bench in the Senate.

Mrs. Beckles was and is a supporter of Dr. Rowley prior to the elections and was eventually rejected for the Arima seat even though she was in incumbent parliamentary representative. Is Dr. Rowley showing the nation that the ex Prime Minister made the wrong decision by appointing Mrs. Beckles to the positon of Leader of the Opposition bench in the Senate? Maybe this is Dr. Rowley's way of appeasing Mrs. Beckles thereby ensuring that because of her popularity that she does not contest for the post of political leader of the PNM. She has been promoted as the ideal person to lead the PNM at this time. Dr. Rowley is the leader of the Opposition in Parliament but would it not be interesting if Pennelope Beckles becomes the leader of the PNM?

 I should also note here that I am not a fan of Marlene McDonald but I am sure she will add some fire as the Opposition Chief Whip.

What dey say dey say in Trinidad... and the word on the ground is that Pennelope is now smiling and is once again the darling of Arima!

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