Daryan Warner ups stake on ticket offer:
Daryan Warner, son of former government minister Jack Warner, has said he is willing to utilise the gift of a first class airline ticket to Trinidad if he receives a cheque for double his 2011 earnings which amounts to close to $6 million.
A group called “Friends of Jack Warner” booked the airline ticket for Warner to return to Trinidad to lend support to his father, interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) in the Chaguanas West by-election on July 29.
The Express yesterday obtained a copy of the electronic ticket which was booked with Caribbean Airlines for D Warner to travel from Miami International airport to Trinidad on July 27 on BW Flight Number 0483. A return flight was also booked for him to depart Trinidad on August 2 aboard BW Flight Number 0484 destined for Miami.
A representative of the group, who preferred not to be named, told the Express the group believes the accusation against Warner’s son that he was unable to travel because of issues with the United States authorities was unfounded. As such, the group purchased the business class ticket for D Warner to return to support his father before the July 29 Chaguanas West by-election and to participate in the ILP-anticipated victory.
The spokesperson said all D Warner needs to do is simply go to the ticket desk at the Miami International Airport and present his passport to obtain his boarding pass.
D Warner has responded to the group’s invitation via e-mail, stating, “While I don’t sell T-shirts and political memorabilia if I can benefit from your generosity in the last five days of the silly season then I should.
“I have never been able to make money under any PNM administration. The only political party that I have openly supported, because of my surname and any chance of an opportunity under the People’s Partnership Government would have been frowned upon for the exact same reason. I have sent a copy of my 2011 tax return for what has to be one of my worse financial year ends.”
According to D Warner’s attached Trinidad and Tobago income tax return document, his income for 2011 was some $2,828,338.
He stated, “Please use the same generosity to leave a check (cheque) for double my 2011 earnings and I would abandon my plans in the US and comply with your directive at the check-in counter at Miami International Airport. You can always donate the first class ticket to a more needy recipient.”
The Friends of Jack Warner group immediately expressed its profound disappointment.
“We, the Friends, had strongly felt that the appearance of the younger Warner on his father’s platform would have bolstered the Independent Liberal Party’s chance of securing a landside victory at the polls on Monday 29th July.
“While thousands of constituents of Chaguanas West are being asked to support the Independent Liberal Party’s candidate it will be seen by this response that Mr Warner’s own son refuses to support his father. We are now forced to question our support given the fact that refusal to come to Trinidad supports our critics’ claim that Mr Daryan Warner cannot leave the USA due the some official intervention of the authorities.