Sunday 15 December, 2019

Kamla: UNC had absolutely nothing to do with Cambridge Analytica

Supporters of the United National Congress (UNC) attend a public meeting in Marabella November 18, 2019. Photo via Facebook, UNC.

Supporters of the United National Congress (UNC) attend a public meeting in Marabella November 18, 2019. Photo via Facebook, UNC.

Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar has again distanced her party from any dealings with Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct UK-based political consulting firm embroiled in data mining scandals.

At a UNC meeting in Marabella on Monday night, Persad-Bissessar said claims brought by the Government that her party was guilty of spying on citizens to sway votes in their favour in the 2015 General Election were nothing more than desperate lies.

She was referring to claims made by the Attorney General and National Security Minister of her administration’s involvement with Cambridge Analytica, claims her party has since labelled as “fairytales”.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, who was national security minister during the tenure of the Persad-Bissessar- led People’s Partnership administration, has since directed police to conduct an investigation into damning allegations made by Christopher Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, in his tell-all book, Mindf*ck.

As she addressed supporters at the public meeting on Monday night, the UNC leader said government should not be trusted, with their “twice-a-week” meetings and “non-stop” political ads attempting to discredit her party.

“I see this as another desperate and cornered regime. They know you are fed up of them so they have to find something to scare you like what they did with the Emailgate.”

Criticising claims made on a political platform by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of an alleged assassination plot on his life circa 2014/15, Persad-Bissessar said she didn’t have to “kill him” politically because “he already doing that himself with his lies and his incompetence”.

She told supporters that they should expect more “distractions” from Government as the December 2 local government elections draw nearer.

“This is like Emailgate, three, or four, or five, and they will have more before this election is done and they will have more before the General Election. So, do not get distracted, do not be fooled by their lies, and their desperate attempts to distract you from the real issues.”

Persad-Bissessar said in spite of these tactics by Government, people were more concerned with the availability of jobs, an improved pipe-borne water supply, good road infrastructure and the ability to feed their families.

She questioned what the “big news” was given that her party lost the 2015 General Election.

“What is the big story… we had nothing to do with it.”  

The UNC leader said she will continue to conduct her campaign as she has been doing, meeting with the people on the ground rather than be distracted by the Rowley-led administration's sustained campaign of demonising her party. 

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