Tuesday, May 25, 2010


A Turn For Trini

The home country has elected its first female prime minister. Kamla Persad-Bissessar defeated perennial incumbent Patrick Manning and long-time dominant -- and corrupt -- People's National Movement party. Good luck to Mrs. Persad-Bissessar and her coalition's reform agenda.  However, considering the description of the two candidates' platforms, that's a tough order: 

Ahead of Monday's vote, Persad-Bissessar promised more community-based policing, higher pensions and a fund for children who need medical treatment they can only get elsewhere.
Manning, who also served as prime minister for four years in the early 1990s, highlighted his government's spending on education and training programs for young people. His campaign warned that the economy could suffer from handing the vital energy sector to a government without Manning's experience.

Higher pensions and government health care for children?  Hmmm....



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