Well, look at this. Yesterday I made an attempt to perform my duty and represent the people of the country that I love when I was stopped by Senior Superintendent Lopez. We had a bit of an exchange as The Express reports:
“The suspension was for one day, so I come to do my duty and I don’t know who’s stopping me from entering the Parliament…is it the Speaker? Did the Speaker order you to arrest me if I come here?”
The officer, in a very soft and almost inaudible tone, said: “Yes Sir, the Speaker has said to restrain you from coming.”
Panday shot back, “Restrain me physically, with force and violence and that kind of thing.”
“No violence Sir,” the officer immediately replied as Panday quipped , “How could you use force without violence?”
Trying his best to control the situation the officer told Panday, “I know you are a man of wisdom.”
Panday replied: “Anyway, anyway…this is not your fault, I am not quarrelling with you, I assure you of that, OK.
“I am here to do my duty because I received no communication from anybody and I presume that I was right to be here, if however you say you are instructed by the Speaker not to let me in, I will comply with your wish.”
“You have your duty to do and I have mine,” he continued as he asked the officer, “May I ask your name please sir..because I am going to have to swear to [an] affidavit”.
Panday explained that if the Opposition takes legal action against the Speaker, the entire controversy will have to be documented.
The officer gave his name as Senior Superintendent Lopez as Panday continued, “Thank you kindly and can you tell me when he (Speaker) instructed you.”
Lopez said he was given notice on Thursday by Sinanan to block Panday from entering the House and told Panday, “I appreciate your cooperation”.
“My pleasure, my pleasure,” responded Panday.
So it occurs to me that the PNM really has it out for me this time. Barendra Sinanan must have really gotten his palms greased with some oil money to go along with this one. The media was in my face so I figured why not tell everyone what the PNM is all about – I might as well, Ramesh and I have an ongoing bet to see who can get the most press coverage for the year. As I am about to tell the media how it is all a big conspiracy, the unthinkable happens.
“Mr Panday! Mr Panday! That is a lie! It is not a conspiracy! You lie!” shouted the unidentified man.
The man was restrained by some Charlotte Street vendors who told him to shut up and behave.
He refused to listen and proceeded to shout and yell and verbally attack Panday, pushing media personnel in the process.
“Just so! Just so! Let me have my say! Let me have my say!” shouted the man.
As the fracas heightened, Panday calmly said, “Alright, alright…I’m going home”.
He then gently made his way through the crowd and disappeared in a blink of an eye.
The bugger cut me off! I’ve been telling Oma we have to start doing like the royalty we are and have a veil or blanket of some sort over us when in public like Michael Jackson does with his children. (When I was discussing this with her one time, Jack was there and said that it would be a good idea if we all did it, especially since Ramesh’s face has been harder to look at lately what with the botched Botox job and all.)
Oh and I appreciate the media realising I was able to disappear in the blink of an eye – I figured since I would be banned from parliament (forget that I said I didn’t know, shh) I would take up magic.
Well, I better get some rest, I have to prepare for a meeting with those vendors (do I know how to take advantage of a situation or what?)
Wade Mark says he has a plan for next year (that’s political speak for “we have a year to think of something”). Got to love Wade, and all our members. Always thinking on our feet!