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The money grabbers at work!!!

The year is not even two weeks old but the political intrigues have started to manifest themselves already and with great intensity.

There are those in our midst who are steeped in the belief that money can buy anyone and are prepared to up the stakes if the person to be bought is considered to be that worthy a prize to fall into the net.

And this seems to be the case already as those who were spitting fire against Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and his ruling New National Party (NNP) and making overtures to the opposition in recent years, have now seemingly somersaulted and flipped back into the fold of the Green Machinery at a price acceptable to them.

As some lawyers will often say – they can talk all day long in court once the right amount of money is put on the table before their very eyes.

THE NEW TODAY is aware that many Grenadians have no scruples and are prepared to sell their souls for the mighty dollar to the highest bidder in the marketplace.

There is no principle involved anymore and no soul-searching once the price is right and the fee on offer is of a certain amount to satisfy the soul.

Former Trinidad Prime Minister Basdeo Panday summed it up when he declared many moons ago that politics has a mortality of its own.

It is true to say that there are no permanent friends and enemies in politics once the end can justify the means.

Our commitment will always be to a society that affords a better way of life for all the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and remain resolutely and firmly opposed to those who are engaged in nothing but cheap politicking and conmanship in their dealings with the nation’s affairs.

THE NEW TODAY will hardly fall for the politics of mamagism that is currently being played out within the ruling New National Party (NNP) on succession to the aging 75-year old Political Leader of the party and current Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell that has been forced upon them by the entrance of the youthful 44-year old attorney-at-law, Dickon Mitchell to take charge of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

It is quite obvious that Dickon Mitchell has attracted national attention and appeal especially among the youth and women in particular who can propel a candidate to emerge at the top on Election Day and the NNP is forced to respond to this unexpected challenge at this point in time.

The so-called succession plan as drawn up by the NNP with the nod of the Prime Minister is quite laughable when compared with precedence in a democracy like Jamaica.

Students of history can easily follow the changing of the guards from the charismatic Michael Manley to P.J Patterson and then to Portia Simpson-Miller who was the first female Prime Minister of the country.

The fact of the matter is that each succession plan that was executed in Jamaica provided the newcomer with an opportunity to hold onto the wheels of the Prime Ministership so that the people could judge whether or not they were up to the task of running the affairs of the country.

In the case of the NNP, the plan makes no provision for the successor to get a chance at running the country as the incumbent has made it clear that he wants to serve the full five years as Prime Minister.

This is nothing but selfishness of the highest order and a lack of respect for the institutions of a political party.

It should be obvious to anyone by now that the power hungry Keith Mitchell will have his most ardent supporters calling at the right time for “the doc” to remain a little longer at the helm of a party that he has managed to build over the years to best suit him in the political arena.

Rest assured that PM Mitchell will be prepared to rule for another 5 years and even well pass his 80th birthday.

THE NEW TODAY would also like to make some comments over its concerns about the kind of latitude that will be given by the powers-that-be in this fast approaching political season when general elections will most likely be held, to provide the electorate with an opportunity to decide who should govern their affairs for the next five years.

There appears to be no end in sight soon to the ever changing face of Covid-19 with the many variants that keep propping up so often.

It is true that several other neighbouring Caribbean islands have held elections in the past two years and Grenada can learn a few lessons from them.

However, it should be equally understood that the health systems in each of the islands are at varying degrees of readiness to deal with an influx of massive Covid-19 cases due to mass gatherings at any one political event.

The power is in the hands of the Prime Minister to use the State of Emergency regulation to dictate the kind of events which the main political parties will be allowed in order to advance their political cause to the electorate.

No one, not even the World Health Organisation (WHO) can predict with certainty the situation with this deadly virus at any given point in time.