Another political stunt

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition pulled off another political stunt rather than a celebratory event – this 52nd Independence anniversary of our country. I say this in review of the pathetic show foisted on the people at D’Urban Park. They rented schoolchildren (typical PNC style propaganda machinery) from all across the country to populate the stands to hear the most depressing of speeches in a long time. Well, if you should take the President’s speech in its truest sense, the children were not the ones catered for in that address; his talk was mainly for the adults and those at home. So, Granger’s address was simply “talk” that was over their heads.Right from the very start of the ceremony, that is, the salute and inspection of the guard, showed that empty void of pomp and pageantry, that usually greets you at these events. Even when he was invited to inspect the guard of honour, Granger was literally running ahead of the ceremonial officer. The common formalities that important dignitaries show on such important events were woefully lacking. He looked lost, confused and bewildered. The President’s show of nervousness may have been symptomatic of his address that came after in which he gave himself away in all that he said. His was a prepared speech full of political innuendos and he contradicted himself throughout the address. Whether by accident or design, he completely forgot his campaign promises, chief of which was the ushering in of the “good life” soon after taking office. That promise we now know was a farce, seeing the good life is not an achievable good for the present generation, but something in the far distant future. Yes, we heard him, loud and clear a “future good life” and not a present one.Of course, this is the newest “pie in the sky” campaign type rhetoric coming from a President three-fifths into his rule.So, the supposed additional bacchanal of this Independence anniversary being a “Carnival” event that too was a damper as the people saw this as another ploy to divert attention from the present sad situation that has enveloped this nation. That Burnhamite strategy resurrected by Granger, is a sure way of keeping the nation in a stupor. Dance away your worries, dance your stresses and your distresses away. But even that was low-key because there is nothing to party about because most of us lack the means with-which to party. Where is the means to do so? With over 25,000 persons out of a job and others not sure of the one that they now hold, the situation is terribly dreadful.To sum it up in these simple words, it was an “abysmal performance by the Granger regime.”Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Mourinho has made Hazard a scapegoat… Chelsea boss MUST back Belgian

first_imgJose Mourinho has been urged to put his trust in Eden Hazard in order to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around.Hazard, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, has endured a severe dip in form this season.He has scored just once in 11 games and was hauled off after an hour on Saturday against Liverpool as the Blues crashed to a sixth Premier League defeat.But Cascarino believes Mourinho should shoulder the blame for the Belgian’s recent struggles, and says the Chelsea boss must start showing faith in the playmaker.“Jose been critical of Hazard and has made him one of the scapegoats for what has happened,” the ex-Chelsea striker said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Eden Hazard now is looking for the substitution. If he is doing things that are not quite right, a bad ball, he knows his number is coming up. He is looking at the sidelines.“Jose should be saying to him, ‘I’m not taking you off today, you are staying on for 90 minutes and I am going to let you do what I know you can do’.“Eden Hazard is the one of the biggest players for Chelsea who can change the outcome of a football match and now he is looking over at the sidelines wondering if he is going to be subbed.”Saturday’s loss to Liverpool intensified speculation over Mourinho’s future, with many newspaper reports suggesting he has two games to save his job.But Cascarino believes the Portuguese – the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history – can turn things around if given time.He continued: “It’s the biggest week of Jose’s career. The results this week will determine whether he will stay for a longer period. Can he do it? Of course he can.“He has been an incredible manager. No one doubts Jose – will all owe know that he is that good.”last_img read more

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