The Political Calypso: True Opposition in Trinidad and Tobago, 1962-1987

By Louis Regis | Go to book overview

6
"The Sinking Ship" 1982-1986

By the polls of 1981 George Chambers was confirmed in the position to which he had been nominated on Williams' death and mandated to direct the affairs of the nation. Chambers' election triumph signified that people were willing to accept him as a symbol of a revitalised party and government. Explainer's "Chambers" ( 1982) articulates the hopes for the "young vibrant leader/To replace a past political era":

An open word to our Prime minister
Your job is hard but I want you to remember
Come down from your heights
Meet the poor and the humble
Always be in sight
Any time they may grumble
Take up your role as chief disciplinarian
And use your sword on the evil called corruption

And if you true we go follow you
If you true we go follow you
If you true we go follow you
Treat the people as you ought to

His parting words combine encouragement and warning which, with the benefit of hindsight, could be termed 'prophecy', a typical Trinidadian form of reasoning:

Don't be annoyed when they call you dummy
But just avoid being called deafy
The Bible say a wise man is a good listener
The fool displays what he know more than ever
But prove yourself during your reign
And we the people would vote for you again and again

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations viii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • List of Abbreviations xv
  • 1 - The Calypso and Politics 1956-1962 1
  • 2 - The Model Nation 1963-1965 20
  • 3 - God Bless Our Nation 1966-1970 37
  • 4 - The Roaring Seventies 1971-1975 69
  • 5 - "I, Eric Eustace Williams" 1976-1981 121
  • 6 - "The Sinking Ship" 1982-1986 163
  • 7 - Happy Anniversary: the 25th Anniversary of Independence Calypso Monarch Competition 195
  • 8 - Ars Poetica 208
  • Conclusion 236
  • Afterword 238
  • Notes 240
  • Appendixes 257
  • Bibliography 269
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