A crisis in leadership: Darrel Dookoo empowered by his leader’s example
The United National Congress (UNC) stands for new politics and new political discourse. Over the past weeks and months we have noted a degradation in the approach and language used by the People’s National Movement (PNM).
The most recent and certainly most vile attack was perpetrated by a proud PNM blogger, Mr Darrel Dookoo. While it pains us to give any attention to his vitriol, his recent attack against Ms Marcia Braveboy, must be condemned at the highest levels. We are calling on the nation to actively and strongly reject the move to personally and distastefully attack persons based on their political persuasion.
This can only be a result of a crisis in leadership. This year, the Prime Minister and leader of the party Mr Dookoo actively supports has similarly descended into name calling and debasement. Dr Rowley has made several degrading comments against the women of this country. Calls for the Prime Minister to, at the very least apologize, have gone under answered. Now, one of his most vocal supporters feel adequately empowered to spew racist and misogynistic comments in public spaces, following his leader’s example and showing no respect for the women of Trinidad and Tobago.
While we do not expect an apology nor any condemnation from the rank and file of the PNM, we as a Party will stand for something new and something different. The absence of respect for our fellow man has led to the slow and steady unravelling of our social fabric, if we stand together in mutual respect we can and will correct the course.
The people Trinidad and Tobago must stand resolutely against this kind of behavior, we should want better for ourselves and better for our society. Our women and girls, and indeed every citizen, should be afforded equal opportunity to express their views and opinions without fear of being abused online.
Public Relations Officer,
United National Congress