Monday, March 19, 2018

Plenty in common*

ON the face of it, there should be little room for disagreement during tomorrow’s meeting between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Apart from the recent matter of the “difficulty within the judiciary”, almost all the agenda items have previously been supported by both sides at one time or another.
The number one item, “Internal Self-Government for Tobago”, is a matter on which the United National Congress (UNC) and the People’s National Movement (PNM) are on common ground. It has been a plank of the UNC platform going back to the 1976 accommodation between its predecessor United Labour Front and Arthur NR Robinson’s Democratic Action Congress. Despite the PNM’s initial resistance, election losses in Tobago have convinced the party to recalibrate its position. According to its 2015 manifesto, the PNM will “facilitate efforts to achieve Democratic Self-Government for Tobago …”

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