The United National Congress is accusing Guardian Media Limited of being hypocrites.
The party said “after the newspaper wrote an Editorial praising their conglomerate owners, Ansa McAl, for seeking to obtain Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines, the editors at the Guardian quite predictably criticised Kamla Persad-Bissessar for doing the same.”
In a release, the UNC PRO says “The reasons for both the United National Congress and Ansa McAl for doing so are the same — to supplement the inadequate supply ordered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and to speed up the arrival and distribution of the vaccines.”
“Yet, somehow, the Guardian seeks to criticise the Leader of the Opposition for her initiative, in the face of Government sluggishness and their inexplicable reluctance to approach the Government of India, like our proactive Caribbean neighbours have done.”
The release further states that “The Guardian claims that it is public knowledge that Keith Rowley wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi for the vaccines last week. It is also public knowledge that it was persistent Opposition pressure on the Government that eventually forced the Prime Minister to do so.”
“The Government’s first reaction, however, was to fan the flames of racism and to insult the Government of India and the Indian pharmaceutical industry. They spoke about charlatans, fake vaccines, and scammers, which the Guardian gleefully and without hesitation or investigation splashed across its front pages, going to so far as to insult another country on the PNM’s say so.
The UNC PRO said “The Guardian, further, has the gall to criticise Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s push to get the vaccines here quickly, in order to return to normalcy and open up our society and economy, as “gamesmanship”. This, at the same time as it challenged other businesses to do the same as their parent company. Wasn’t that gamesmanship also if we use Guardian Media’s criteria?”
But, the UNC noted, the hypocrisy of the editors at Guardian Media knows no bounds as they continue to hide behind the anonymity of their editorial. We again call on them to sign their names to the obscenities they write.