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Nicole Dyer-Griffith: Politics is a circle

By SEAN DOUGLAS Tuesday, October 30 2012

NEWLY-ELECTED COP vice-chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith is both excited and reflective, about her win at Sunday’s polls where the records show she pulled in the highest number of votes of any individual candidate for any post. How does it feel to win?

“It’s been quite good,” she replied. “I’m excited ready and rearing to go.” She said she has many individual plans that she’d like to do for the COP, but must await the formal induction of party officers. Further, as other officials would also have their proposals for the COP, she suggested the new National Executive holds a team-building exercise to bring together all these individual plans. Why did she win? She said her campaign theme, “Ignite”, seems to have stirred dormant members to come forward, and happily offer their services. “But I’m not sure why I won, but I’m thankful to all.”

She hailed her two rivals — Hugh Nurse and Vido Ramroop — both whom she urged to continue to actively offer their help to the party. “There’s room for everybody,” she said. “We should utilise everybody’s offering as we are moving forward.”

Newsday asked if her win mitigated the stumbling blocks she earlier faced, namely her short time as a Senator and as a parliamentary secretary? Unfazed by those previous occurrences, which she didn’t really see as stumbling blocks, she replied, “No. Not at all. This (that is, her COP win) was separate and apart from what you refer to as ‘stumbling blocks’. There are no feelings of ill will at all.” Dyer-Griffith said that at the time, those occurrences had been discussed and ventilated with her.

She said that sometimes one must remove oneself from a situation for the greater good at a particular time. “Politics is a circle, going around, and you never know where you will end up,” she said.

“I’m always willing to be part of that process as long as I can continue to be of service.” Dyer-Griffith lamented that much of TT politics tends to focus on personality and “what’s in it for me”, but said that the things that some people might want to place value on, she already possesses. She said she was raised to ask, “What can I do to make things better for other people?”

Dyer-Griffith holds a Masters degree in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She had been accepted by the University of Phoenix to do a PhD in Organisational Management which she had put on hold and is now contemplating reviving. This former Miss Trinidad and Tobago (Miss Universe), now in her thirties, is wife of national security adviser, Captain Gary Griffith, and is the proud mother of ten-year-old Gary Griffith III.

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