Watson Duke

RAGOONATH: “Need to improve our political culture…”

Chairman of the Council for Responsible Political Behaviour, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, says this country still has a long way to go in improving its political culture.

Dr Ragoonath made the comment in light of recent comments by Watson Duke, president of the Public Service Association (PSA). Mr Duke also is political leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), as well as Minority Leader in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).

Duke doubles down on use of the N-word

Public Service Association President, Watson Duke, has defended his use of a racial slur when calling on members of the public not to support the People's National Movement (PNM) in the upcoming local government election.

Speaking on a morning talk show on Power 102, he only apologised to those who misunderstood what he meant when using the term.

PNM calls Watson Duke’s statements “offensive”

The People's National Movement (PNM) has responded to what it says were the “offensive remarks” made by president of the Public Service Association, Watson Duke.

At a news conference yesterday, Mr Duke urged all public servants who have not received a pay increase since 2013—particularly those who support the ruling People’s National Movement—not to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections.

Watson Duke steps down as PSA president

Watson Duke has announced he will step down from his leadership position at the PSA from Nov. 30 as his Progressive Democratic Patriots prepare to launch a national election campaign.

He made the announcement during a press conference at the PSA headquarters this morning, as he spoke out for the first time about his sedition charges. Duke said he is facing "trumped up charges" because he fired back at Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for "down crying" public servants.

Watson Duke granted bail

PSA president Watson Duke was granted bail to the sum of 250,000 dollars. 

Duke appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrate Court this morning.

He was charged with sedition yesterday.

According to his lawyer John Heath, Duke was rushed to the hospital on Thursday complaining of feeling unwell.

That was the third time he had been taken for treatment since being detained by police on Monday.

Duke discharged himself from the hospital yesterday.

We'll have more for you on this story as it develops.

Assemblymen spar in THA debate over island’s economy

Leader of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly’s (THA) Mi­nor­i­ty Coun­cil Wat­son Duke is ac­cus­ing Fi­nance and the Econ­o­my Sec­re­tary Joel Jack of fal­si­fy­ing sta­tis­tics re­lat­ing to To­ba­go’s econ­o­my.

Duke was at the time mak­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to de­bate on the THA $4.72 bil­lion rev­enue and ex­pen­di­ture es­ti­mates for fis­cal 2020 dur­ing the 28th Ple­nary Sit­ting held in the As­sem­bly Cham­ber, Jern­ing­ham Street, Scar­bor­ough, on Thurs­day, June 27.