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The Honourable Penelope Beckles
Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment The Honourable Penelope Beckles is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Arima and Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment. Prior to her appointment at her present Ministry in November 2003, she served as Minister of Culture and Tourism and Minister of Social Development. She is the first female Minister of the Environment. Ms. Beckles is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School and is an Attorney at Law by profession. Ms. Beckles is deeply committed to ensuring the highest quality of life for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago through the provision of superior public utilities and environmental management services and works tirelessly in pursuit of this goal, exemplifying the dedication and professionalism she expects from officers in the Ministry and agencies within her portfolio.
A multitude of reasons bring me back this Sunday to Penny Beckles.
Before I state my case, I think its imperative I confess to rather liking and respecting Penny and that I should start my column by declaring my "bias" rather than tagging it onto the end of the piece, when and where it my could annul my entire argument. To the meat of the matters. Several commentators have argued that by displaying interest in the PNM leadership, Beckles played her cards too quickly. With the internal elections due next year, perhaps the enlightened can tell me when Penny was supposed to start campaigning, if that is indeed what she is doing. Should she have asked permission to toss her hat into the ring? Suggesting she might take a shot at the top spot cost the party no victory in this bumper year of elections. Some may argue that Penny publicly embarrassed the party, but isn't being consistent and open about the nature of her relationship with members of other parties preferable to attacking them in public while entertaining them in private? The ferocity of the Balisier reaction indicates how much the new PNM is still the old PNM. Reports from Balisier "sources" accused Penny of being soft on her political opponents and pulling her punches when dealing with the Government. Penny is not soft; she is affable. She doesn't believe one has to be hostile toward one's political opponents to best them nor does she believe in besting for besting sake. She's quietly strong and quite astute and she doesn't see leaders as gods. By going to that curry lime, Penny slapped the Rowley clan upside its head. She showed that they could kick her out, but not bring her down. She was cool and cheerful as ever. She didn't let the rumours that she was consorting with the ILP or UNC intimidate or change her. I'd be bowled over if Penny left the PNM, but I'm not putting my hand in the fire for anyone, not even Penny. I figure though she knew that a UNC lime might signal her sentiments about her dismissal more than words ever could and that it would aggravate the Rowley boys. Either that or she just loves curry duck and hates enmity! Her apparent comfort at a curry duck lime was moreover a more powerful statement about her relationship with the Indo Trini community than the appointment of two to the Senate. After all, she was cheered by the very demographic he is so eager to woo and who he would have forget the Calcutta ship. Her imperfections notwithstanding, Penny doesn't need a makeover. Don't you worry that if you have to paint a leader in a new light in order to win a general election, that person will rub the gloss off the minute he is in office? Penny is Penny, no Raging Bull anxious for the day he can shed his faux coat.
2 CommentsTags:Ferdie Ferreira, Franklyn Khan, Keith Rowley, Louis Lee Sing, Penelope Beckles, Selwyn R. Cudjoe.
In March I supported the candidacy of Penny Beckles to become the chairman of the PNM because I thought she was the better candidate.
Chairman Penny Beckles
Chairman Penny Beckles Published on March 16, 2011 in Gender, General T&T, PNM and Politics. 5 CommentsTags:Keith Rowley, Penelope Beckles, Politics, Selwyn R. Cudjoe. Mrs. Penelope Beckles Mrs. Penelope Beckles Although I will not be at the PNM's Party Convention next week, I support Penelope Beckles to be the party's next chairman because she is best suited for the job. Penny Beckles is a more attractive alternative than Franklin Khan who held the position before. Penny has served her party with distinction. She has accomplished much but is too inclined to stay in the background. She will have to change this posture if she hopes to be successful. She will have to be more assertive recognizing that the political leader must not and should not always be the only spokesperson of the party. The PNM has had a surfeit of male leaders. As the second woman chairman of the party she would empower a new cadre of persons within and outside the party. Women-they have been called some derogatory names-have always been the heart and soul of the party. They kept the party alive and stayed in the background while the men ramajeyed in the foreground. After 54 years they ought to become a permanent fixture in the party's leadership. Penny will give substance to the truth that women are the rock upon which the PNM stands. The party has not given Penny the appreciation she deserves. In spite of her strength in Arima and the country in general she was passed over as a candidate in the last election. We are not willing to pay the same respect to Penny. She is the only other person in the PNM as far as I know who sought to keep her dignity when so many others were bowing down to Manning and worshipping him. In her own quiet way she demonstrates an integrity that is important for the new PNM. Dr. Rowley should not use his influence, directly or indirectly, to deny Penny this important position. Penny represents a fresh, new female presence in the party that we need as this time. She is not always forceful enough and is not as clear as to where she wishes to take the party. She must stop deferring to Dr. Rowley and stake out a position that is in the best interest of the party. The party must not repeat the one-man-ism that led inevitable to the death of democracy within the party and its discouraging members to differ with their leaders. Penny must lead this fight within the new PNM. Selecting Penny as the chairman of the PNM will make a huge difference in its future fortunes. Go forth strong Penelope, you are the Harriet Tubman of T&T, leading your people through an over ground railroad to freedom. Keith Williams on Chairman Penny Beckles AZAD ALI on Chairman Penny Beckles Keith Williams on Chairman Penny Beckles Sheri on Chairman Penny Beckles Al on Chairman Penny Beckles Chairman Penny Beckles
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Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Social Development Penelope Beckles says video is being used to deal with issues relating to young people such as drugs and sexuality.She says authorities have sought the views of young people as to how they see the issues of problem-solving solutions so that those at policy making levels can get a better idea of how to relate to the youth.. Listen to the news