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
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
have asked permission to toss her
hat into the ring?
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.
is not soft; 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.
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.
showed that they could kick her
out, but not bring her
was cool and cheerful as ever.
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!
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.
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?
, no Raging Bull anxious for the day he
can shed his