- Realizing he was firmly penned by the combination of the impending no-confidence motion filed by then Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, together with
- the grim certainty of several of his own MPs aligning themselves with Dr. Rowley in solid determination to remove him as Prime Minister by voting in favour of the no-confidence motion and
- accurately assessing that, as with most leaders of government at mid-term, the goodwill of the population was solidly against him,
Confronted by such gloomy prospects, honourable men and women would hang up their guns and ride off into the sunset, leaving another to take charge. But no, not this man! This man was a bad-mind creature, one of the baddest bad-minds ever seen. It is that bad-mindset which soon convinced him that in no way must he go down without taking along his arch-nemesis, Dr. Keith Rowley, for, as the man said in his concession speech, his business is always what, in his mind, is best not for the country, rather for the People's National Movement.
It was the man's all-consuming disdain of Dr. Rowley and his consequent abhorrence of idea that, within his remaining lifetime, Dr. Rowley could become Prime Minister which drove the man to the go with the nuclear option ---use a sledgehammer to kill a sandfly.
Back in 1995, he'd used the State of Emergency sledge to stymie a similar plot against him. But that tactic merely interrupted the timing of his downfall. The man decided to avoid that course as, in his mind, going that route would not have eliminated all chance of Dr. Rowley ever becoming Prime Minister, after all, the man had to hatch a plan that he was absolutely sure would work and implement it before the no-confidence debate began.
No need to remind anyone that the man's bussing Dr. Rowley's ministerial throat was one of the what's-best-for-the-PNM things the man did.
The man found the sledgehammer with
No need here to chronicle the events that followed the man's let-me-call-a-snap-election decision, except to say that the PNM will, if at all, not ever again see the interior of Whitehall till long after Dr. Rowley begins the long sleep.