Ancel Roget’s plan for an anti-government march on May 23 is part of an opposition driven campaign to destabilise the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Roget, who is president general of the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union, and the self-appointed voice of the working class, has stated publicly that he would do everything within his power to bring down the People’s Partnership government but has so far failed to achieve his goal.
He has teamed up with everyone and anyone who has his same agenda – Keith Rowley, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, David Abdulah and Wayne Kublalsingh, to name a few – to peddle his propaganda to try to show the government has failed the people. But he and his allies cannot show evidence to support their malicious accusations.
“We will insist that they will not be returned to governance…They will pay the ultimate political price.” That is Roget’s mantra.
Let us not forget his true agenda that he has stated publicly more than once.
“There will be a political price to pay, we insist upon that, and it’s coming soon, no progress, no development, no industrial peace, strikes, more strikes, and more strikes, and when the time is right, the country will come to a screeching halt, they’ll be no stability, there will be no foreign direct investment indeed there would be no development.” ~ (Express newspaper)
While Roget is claiming that the country is in crisis we find the exact opposite. Crime is down, development is taking place across the country at an unprecedented level, almost everyone who wants a job has one, health services are improving daily and just last this week we learned that instead of posting a deficit as had been projected the government declared a surplus of $4 billion in the first quarter.
In addition the constituency he represents – the working class – is better off today that they ever were under the PNM. It is the present government that settled scores of outstanding collective agreements that the Manning regime refused to touch. If Roget wants people to march with him he needs to tell them the truth.
Can we honestly look at the track record of this government over the past four years and conclude that there is a crisis? Perhaps he is talking about thee crisis under the Manning administration when the country was heading to destruction.
Roget said he is calling farmers, fisher folk, community groups, youth and student organisations, the business community, religious groups, professionals, intellects, NGOs and citizens to join him but on what basis?
All the groups he identified – including unionized workers – have benefited from the policies of this government to enhance their lives.
Roget’s real problem is disguised in a comment he made Wednesday. “We cannot sit idly by and allow this small group to use their political office and close political connections to steal our country’s resources.”
He is bothered by the “small group” that is doing the exact opposition and deeply concerned that their actions would prevent his “small group” from returning to government to plunder and bankrupt the treasury and feed their friends as they did under Patrick Manning.
We must never forget Roget’s real agenda: “It’s coming soon, no progress, no development, no industrial peace, strikes, more strikes, and more strikes, and when the time is right, the country will come to a screeching halt, they’ll be no stability, there will be no foreign direct investment indeed there would be no development.”
He has tried and failed so far to achieve that and he will fail again because the people of Trinidad and Tobago are not fools. They fired the PNM in 2010 and they still see them as the enemy at the gates waiting to re-enter government to undo everything that the PP government has done.
The people are the government and they will rebuff Roget again as they did before.