What some MPs will be doing on Christmas Day

‘Tis the sea­son to be nice to your par­lia­men­tary col­leagues!

Or not.

San­ta may not be over his Christ­mas de­liv­er­ies by now, since he had a very heavy mixed bag of re­quests to ful­fill for lo­cal politi­cians. Here’s what some who spoke to the T&T Guardian said they’re (re­al­ly) do­ing to­day and what they’re (re­al­ly) hop­ing to get.


UNC MP Dr Fuad Khan

“Be­tween dis­trib­ut­ing food to folks in Wood­ford and Tamarind Squares in Port- of- Spain, I’m hop­ing peo­ple lis­ten to the mes­sage of Christ­mas— peace, good­will and uni­ty— and I’m hop­ing San­ta brings wis­dom for peo­ple to put their mon­ey where their mouth is so uni­ty will oc­cur. More­so for my good friends in the Op­po­si­tion.”

“For my friends in the Gov­ern­ment, I wish they don’t wor­ry so much whether among them, there’s a Cha­ran­dass Per­saud (the Guyanese politi­cian whose re­cent vote against his Gov­ern­ment caused it to col­lapse). I’m get­ting ready to at­tend my Op­po­si­tion Leader’s din­ner with MPs and Sen­a­tors at 8 pm tonight— so I don’t think she has to wor­ry whether there’s a Cha­ran­dass Per­saud on her side.”

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein

“Christ­mas day, you’ll al­ways find me home in San Fer­nan­do. But I’m still plug­ging my wish for mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion work­ers to give bet­ter ser­vice next year....of course it’s bad, you have to wait, peo­ple on the phone - I could find 100 rea­sons for im­prove­ment. Next year is Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment polls and we’re com­ing with LG re­form leg­is­la­tion very ear­ly in 2019. Un­der that law, cor­po­ra­tions will re­port to Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert for fi­nances. It’s still be­ing worked out if I’ll play a role in some Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment as­pects, but main­ly my min­istry will be rur­al de­vel­o­ment sole­ly.”

UNC MP Bar­ry Padarath

“Tonight, I’ll be at the Op­po­si­tion Leader’s din­ner at her home—you’ll have to ask if she’s invit­ing Bas­deo Pan­day (who lives near­by) .

But my wish is tru­ly for the Gov­ern­ment. Hope­ful­ly San­ta will bring them a brain and a heart for them to try to run T&T prop­er­ly and be com­pas­sion­ate to peo­ple. If he’s out of stock, he’ll just have to bring a gen­er­al elec­tion in 2019 . And for the Prime Min­is­ter, per­haps he may start work­ing on de­crim­i­nal­is­ing weed by sam­pling some— he looks like he needs it.”

Works Min­is­ter Ro­han Sinanan

“I work every day. I feel if you eat every day, you should work every day. So to­day I’m out in my San­ta suit open­ing a road (once staff’s avail­able) and dis­trib­ut­ing toys. I’m wish­ing for T&T we all live up to our re­spon­si­bil­ties . If we don’t T&T won’t be the best it can be - and it can be the best.”

UNC Sena­tor Sad­dam Ho­sein

Thank­ful­ly we’re over our flood clean-up at (Cunu­pia) and hope every­one is . I re­al­ly wish I could af­ford to give To­bag­o­ni­ans a boat that doesn’t take them al­most half day to get to To­ba­go. I al­so wish our col­league At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al Rawi a great day, hap­pi­ness and lots of rest. He’ll need it next year - I didn’t get any gloves un­der the tree this morn­ing.”

Plan­ning Min­is­ter Camille Robin­son-Reg­is.

“Fam­i­ly of to­day.... we’re at my sis­ter’s for break­fast, they’re at my home for din­ner, my daugh­ter, an at­tor­ney is com­ing from the British Vir­gin Is­lands. I just wish T&T con­tin­ued suc­cess, fo­cus, peace plus suc­cess, sat­is­fac­tion and con­tent­ment to the peo­ple. We have a lot to be thank­ful for in T&T.”

UNC MP Roodal Mooni­lal

“I am de­pressed. I was promised a law­suit by the Prime Min­is­ter. It was nev­er de­liv­ered de­spite me wait­ing in the cour­t­house many days. Not even a claim form! He tricked me in­to spend­ing mon­ey on lawyers, so I’m or­gan­is­ing with San­ta for a counter suit (mi­nus Bal­isi­er tie).

More im­por­tant­ly when Guyanese politi­cian Char­ran­dass Per­saud passed thor­ough T&T re­cent­ly en route to Cana­da, I’d want­ed to arrange a meet­ing with him and Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ters Ro­han Sinanan and Ter­rence Deyal­snigh - I sure I could get it done on Per­saud’s way back home.”

Former PP Min­is­ter Jack Warn­er

“ Christ­mas day, I’m meet­ing old Cen­tral friends to re­view the year. No, I won’t be at any UNC De­cem­ber 30 gath­er­ing— you can’t talk uni­ty at a rum par­ty.

Peo­ple suf­fer­ing in T&T. So I have on­ly two re­quests for San­ta: bring a big load of com­mon sense for the politi­cians and take all their egos and dump it in some *@%$% glac­i­er in the North Pole.”

Reporter: Gail Alexander

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