The PNM’s principles are sound, PNM’s hands are clean and its doors are open.
That was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s pitch to voters at yesterday’s PNM 49th convention and launch of the PNM’s Local Government election campaign, based on the theme “Getting the Job Done.”
Former government minister Devant Maharaj is questioning whether attorney Elaine Green will continue to receive state briefs, given the outcome of the Darryl Smith Report.
The report has been discarded. It was commissioned by the prime minister, to determine the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Smith's personal assistant, after she filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit and sexual harassment claims against him.
Former sport and youth affairs minister Darryl Smith is demanding that the Government destroy all copies of the report into the payment of $150,000 to his former personal assistant after she was fired and alleged sexual harassment.
In a letter sent to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi on Friday, Smith’s Attorney Annabelle Sooklal also accused Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of giving the media misleading information and trying to diminish Smith’s claim of a breach of natural justice.
The Law Association of T&T (LATT) says if Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has evidence that attorneys are assisting criminals in their activities, he should “hasten to lay charges against these errant attorneys.”
Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley needs to account to the country for his statement that the Smith Report could not be made public, since Mr Smith had not been interviewed by the investigative committee.
It has since been revealed that Darryl Smith was interviewed by the committee, which was probing the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Speaking on THE MORNING BREW today, Ralph Maraj stated that the PM needs to let the people know whether he was ill-informed on the matter, or whether he told an outright untruth.
EU ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week.
The European Commission said work on this would "continue in the coming days".
The talks came after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted the government's deadline to deliver Brexit next Thursday "can't be met".
Boris Johnson said he was waiting for the EU to decide "what they want to do".
MPs are expected on Monday to consider the prime minister's call for an early general election.
The back and forth political banter regarding death threats against the Prime Minister and Attorney General has prompted a well-known political analyst to call for the police to clear the air on the matter.
During a post-budget political meeting in Belmont on Friday night, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that in the lead up to the 2015 general elections two hitmen were offered US$2 million to assassinate him.
Political analyst, Professor John La Guerre, is predicting that the upcoming 2020 General Election will be very, very close, and predominantly, a two-party race.
He also warns that there may be a lot of mud-slinging, as both major parties try to poach voters from each other, to gain ascendancy.
According to Professor La Guerre, times have changed dramatically, as has the electorate, and it won’t be easy for any one political party to get an overwhelming majority.
He told us if the election were called today, it would be a dead heat between the PNM and the UNC.
The Commons Speaker has refused a government request to hold a "yes" or "no" vote on its Brexit deal.
John Bercow said a motion on the deal had already been brought before MPs on Saturday, and it would be "repetitive and disorderly" to debate it again.
Saturday's sitting saw an amended motion nodded through by MPs, which withholds approval of Boris Johnson's deal until it has been passed into law.
The PM agreed a deal with the EU last week, but it must be approved by MPs.