Readers will note that I had suggested that Manning ought to be fired (Comment in Guardian 2010-04-05), and I called on Max Richards to dissolve Parliament. In addition I said lower down in the same thread that, “Max Richards - the embodiment of sovereignty for the Republic of T&T - needs to do something now! If he doesn't he risks looking like another PNM puppet. Max your responsibility is to the people of this Nation - put aside popularity contests and do what is right!”
I also said on 2010-04-06 that, “His loyal 'guards' e.g. Colm Imbert, his loving wife, and the see-ah woman, won't let him resign even if he had fleeting fantasies about it. The only time Manning will resign is when he spots defeat well in sight. So stop the wishful thinking and fantasising that Manning may resign - very very unlikely.”
Manning could not withstand the vote of no-confidence – which would have perhaps justified or compelled action by the President. Sure enough, there will be lots of different perspectives on this. So Manning has ‘cleverly’ avoided resignation and a de facto sacking by the President (if ever, it was in the mind of the President to dissolve Parliament).
What all this means (Manning’s action to dissolve Parliament) is that he ‘take in front, before front take him’ – and he has avoided the loss of face that would come with either resignation or being effectively sacked by the President. I suspect in the unwritten history of T&T that possibly Max Richards saw my post – and hopefully guided by that last vestige of commonsense – whispered in Manning’s ear that the end was nigh!
Major K. Laing