|Dr Rowley: Majority of us right-thinking |
Sunday, August 31 2014
Through the “proverbial highs and lows” Trinidad and Tobago has come a long way according to Leader of the Opposition and People’s National Movement Political Leader, Dr Keith Rowley.
“However, through it all,” Rowley in his Independence anniversary message said, “our people have demonstrated formidable will and strong resilience, with the ability to work together to overcome challenges.”
Declaring that, “Our dedication to our democratic rights and freedoms serves as the cornerstone upon which our nation is built.” Dr Rowley said that TT “was, is and will always be forged from the love of liberty.”
Even as TT faces what many may see as interference with fundamental democratic principles, Rowley said, “I continue to have confidence in the people of our young nation. I still hold out that the majority of us are right-thinking and are ready, willing and able to work steadfastly towards a better, brighter future.”
Wishing everyone “a thoughtful, safe and happy Independence Day 2014,” he said that on the 52nd anniversary of the Independence of TT it was imperative that the nation reflect on the journey from August 31, 1962 when the national flag was first hoisted to today.
He quoted extensively from TT’s first Prime Minister, Dr Eric Williams’ Independence address to the nation in 1962 on the issue of citizen’s promotion and protection of democracy.
He quoted Williams as saying that democracy means much more than the right to vote, that it means recognition of the rights of others, equality of opportunity for all in education, in the public service, and in private employment.
Democracy, according to Williams, he said, means the protection of the weak against the strong, the obligation of the minority to recognise the right of the majority, responsibility of Government to its citizens, protection of citizens from the exercise of arbitrary power and the violation of human freedoms and individual rights.
Democracy, he furthered quoting Williams means freedom of worship for all and the subordination of the right of any race to the overriding right of the human race, and means freedom of expression and assemble of organisation.