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KEVON FELMINE Textual Analysis In 1994 during the reign the People’s National Movement (PNM) government, Member of Parliament for Laventille West, Morris Marshall, died after a 13-day battle with pneumonia and septicaemia leading to a by-elections in the area. On the campaign trail at Corner Picton and Laventille Road on April 28th, United National Congress political leader Basdeo Panday delivers a thought provoking speech to Laventille constituents. A former minister of the National Alliance for Reconstruction in the late 1900’s, Panday no head of the UNC had many objectives as he attempted to infiltrate this PNM stronghold. Firstly, most obviously purpose of his speech most to launch the campaign for his candidate Ricardo Welch, but to a greater extent to influence a favourable change in Laventille West’s constituents voting pattern towards the UNC. As cunning and brilliant he is known to be, Panday sought to establish the thinking that the government, despite holding the seat for a long time, had done nothing to enhance the quality of their lives, instead was keeping them in a “dependency syndrome” in order to secure their continued vote. According to political analyst Dr Winford James during the 2013 Local Government election, Laventille, an Afrocentric community, has always been a PNM stronghold. Panday, an Indo-Trinidadian, noted that race was a factor when competing in an elections, saying, “For them, the issue was who will run the country, that there must not be any Indian Prime Minister and so on,” referring to the NAR and PNM. Both parties were perceived as predominantly Afrocentric. However, in claiming to hold unbiased mantra, he said race was not a factor in his eyes. In supporting his claim, Panday spoke of a fri... ... middle of paper ... ...at the moment trying to ask for debt forgiveness from Manning, whom he partly finance during the campaign. He is asking for debt forgiveness for a loan he borrowed, which now values 30-of million dollars. You can’t even get food to eat…” Panday said. I personally would have endorsed the speech based on its contents. It sympathised with residents over Marshall’s death, it empathised with residents’ plight of unemployment and crime, and it add a flavour of picong, which in our local culture is a welcome attempt at humour. It had the potential to create conflicts as Panday reference James to a crapaud, he linked Manning to a drug kingpin and accused Saith of corruption, but it was done with an intent of a need for the public to know what public officials were doing, providing Panday’s allegations were true. In the end, an effective speech should force some reaction.
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