Rambally says Robinson-Regis misleading the public on Tobago Bills consultation

Rambally says Robinson-Regis misleading the public on Tobago Bills consultation

The MP for Chaguanas West, Dinesh Rambally, has described as “offensive” and “reprehensible” statements by the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Tobago Self Autonomy, describing him as deceitful and obstructionist.

In a release, Rambally is claiming to be framed as someone who is deceitful and obstructionist by Planning Minister Camille Robinson Regis who he says is pouring scorn on him.

Rambally said Robinson-Regis was misleading the public into thinking that proper consultations were conducted concerning the two Tobago Bills which are before Parliament.

He stated, โ€œTo suggest that amending some clauses in a Bill is the same as having consultations is rank disingenuity. I consider it offensive and reprehensible that I am being framed by the Chairman as someone who isโ€ฆ obstructionist and who came with an agenda to delay.

โ€œI categorically reject all such insinuations and insults as I find the remarks of the Chairman to be rather dishonest and fatuous and reeks of a certain desperation to save face and create the illusion that they cared enough to hear Tobago out on this matter.โ€

In the release he said:
๐–๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ. ๐…๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐‰๐’๐‚ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ. ๐Œ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐‰๐’๐‚ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ โ€˜๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌโ€™ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐œ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ.

๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐†๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ. ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ž๐š๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐“๐‡๐€ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ.
On the 29th May, 2021 I issued a second letter to the JSC in which I again lobbied for wider consultations:

๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐ˆ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ, ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐๐š๐๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ.

๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฏ๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐. ๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐Ž๐ง ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ, ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ’๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ“ ๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ. ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฌ๐ค, ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง?

It is deceitful of Ms. Camille Robinson Regis to say that I did not acknowledge the records of the consultations when I was expressly complaining of its paucity.

Further, The Chairman has accused me of โ€œโ€ฆ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ž”. This statement is calculated to pour scorn on me. If it were indeed so, neither the Chairman, nor anyone else for that matter, had ever raised this issue with me over the 22 meetings. Raising such a belated concern in the public domain demonstrates a shortcoming of leadership. The fact is the only โ€˜delayโ€™ that I was ever interested in is one that was requested by me – a โ€˜delayโ€™ in the JSCโ€™s deadline for laying its report in order to facilitate more widespread consultations, as stated in my letter to the JSC:

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ, ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐จ๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐†๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ, ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐‰๐’๐‚ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ. ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐๐š๐๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž, ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ.
It is paradoxical that the Chairman Camille Robinson Regis had been sincerely (as per the exact word used by me) urged to keep the consultations open for some time longer so this JSC would get it right, a request which she refused to facilitate, yet she accuses me of deception.

Truth be told, it was deceitful for the Chairman Camille Robinson Regis to say that โ€œโ€ฆ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐๐žโ€, when virtually all major political voices emanating from Tobago have expressed their disappointment at the namesake consultations which failed to capture their views. That is on the public record. It is of no effect that the JSC had a handy report to present to the Parliament according to its deadline but had a blatant disregard for the true wishes of Tobagonians and Trinidadians alike.

On what basis did the Chairman Camille Robinson Regis indicate so confidently that โ€œโ€ฆ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ฃ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž (๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐“๐จ๐›๐š๐ ๐จ)โ€ ? It is perilous to make such comments without a proper basis for doing so.
The JSC Chairman Camille Robinson Regis and the PNM are no doubt feeling ashamed that they are hanging on to power in Tobago by a thinning thread. That is the scent of failure. They refuse to be woken up from their indolence, incompetence, petulance and arrogance. When confronted with their own ineptitude, insincerity and inadequacy, they throw a fit and take refuge in their feel-good modus operandi โ€“ blame the UNC, blame KAMLA, and now blame Rambally.

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