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Rowley: UNC and PNM not the same

The PNM’s prin­ci­ples are sound, PNM’s hands are clean and its doors are open.

That was Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s pitch to vot­ers at yes­ter­day’s PNM 49th con­ven­tion and launch of the PNM’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment elec­tion cam­paign, based on the theme “Get­ting the Job Done.”

DEVANT MAHARAJ: Plot to erase Smith Report

Former government minister Devant Maharaj is questioning whether attorney Elaine Green will continue to receive state briefs, given the outcome of the Darryl Smith Report.

The report has been discarded. It was commissioned by the prime minister, to determine the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Smith's personal assistant, after she filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit and sexual harassment claims against him.

Darryl's attorney calls on AG to destroy report

For­mer sport and youth af­fairs min­is­ter Dar­ryl Smith is de­mand­ing that the Gov­ern­ment de­stroy all copies of the re­port in­to the pay­ment of $150,000 to his for­mer per­son­al as­sis­tant af­ter she was fired and al­leged sex­u­al ha­rass­ment.

In a let­ter sent to At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi on Fri­day, Smith’s At­tor­ney Annabelle Sook­lal al­so ac­cused Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley of giv­ing the me­dia mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion and try­ing to di­min­ish Smith’s claim of a breach of nat­ur­al jus­tice.

Charge errant attorneys who help criminals

The Law As­so­ci­a­tion of T&T (LATT) says if Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith has ev­i­dence that at­tor­neys are as­sist­ing crim­i­nals in their ac­tiv­i­ties, he should “has­ten to lay charges against these er­rant at­tor­neys.”

MARAJ: “PM needs to clear air on Smith Report…”

Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley needs to account to the country for his statement that the Smith Report could not be made public, since Mr Smith had not been interviewed by the investigative committee.

It has since been revealed that Darryl Smith was interviewed by the committee, which was probing the sexual harassment allegations against him.

Speaking on THE MORNING BREW today, Ralph Maraj stated that the PM needs to let the people know whether he was ill-informed on the matter, or whether he told an outright untruth.

INT'L: EU agrees to Brexit delay, but no date yet

EU ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week.

The European Commission said work on this would "continue in the coming days".

The talks came after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted the government's deadline to deliver Brexit next Thursday "can't be met".

Boris Johnson said he was waiting for the EU to decide "what they want to do".

MPs are expected on Monday to consider the prime minister's call for an early general election.

Analyst wants police account of PM death threats

The back and forth po­lit­i­cal ban­ter re­gard­ing death threats against the Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­er­al has prompt­ed a well-known po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst to call for the po­lice to clear the air on the mat­ter.

Dur­ing a post-bud­get po­lit­i­cal meet­ing in Bel­mont on Fri­day night, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley said that in the lead up to the 2015 gen­er­al elec­tions two hit­men were of­fered US$2 mil­lion to as­sas­si­nate him.

LA GUERRE: “2020 Election a two party race…”

Political analyst, Professor John La Guerre, is predicting that the upcoming 2020 General Election will be very, very close, and predominantly, a two-party race.

He also warns that there may be a lot of mud-slinging, as both major parties try to poach voters from each other, to gain ascendancy.

According to Professor La Guerre, times have changed dramatically, as has the electorate, and it won’t be easy for any one political party to get an overwhelming majority.

He told us if the election were called today, it would be a dead heat between the PNM and the UNC.

INTERNATIONAL: MPs' vote on Brexit deal ruled out by Speaker John Bercow

The Commons Speaker has refused a government request to hold a "yes" or "no" vote on its Brexit deal.

John Bercow said a motion on the deal had already been brought before MPs on Saturday, and it would be "repetitive and disorderly" to debate it again.

Saturday's sitting saw an amended motion nodded through by MPs, which withholds approval of Boris Johnson's deal until it has been passed into law.

The PM agreed a deal with the EU last week, but it must be approved by MPs.

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