The public has the impression that the Clico Policyholders Group (CPG), comprising a small percentage of the population of Trinidad and Tobago, is trying to flex its hot-air inflated muscle to bully the rest of the citizens of the country to get back all the toys it freely loaned to Clico to play with plus some extra ones. The public also feels the CPG, in its desperation, contracted an unpopular, unloved lawyer to deliver bully-talk to the population. The Group appears to be trying to terrorize billions in lunch money out of the pockets of people who either didn’t have the money or intelligence to give the Clico dice throwers to gamble with. The Group must understand that despite some policy holders falling on hard times because of the fiasco, the unemployed, the sick, the hungry, the over taxed, and the corruption-battered don’t want to be sacrificed to make the policyholders happy during this extended guava season.
I don’t think all is lost for the CPG as some of the most brilliant business minds in the land, who are also policyholders and members of the CPG, have issued press releases which conjure up the image the bailout won’t cost citizens anything “much.” It’s not that the Group will not be bailed out but the Group seems to want its black cake baked with the finest imported, dried fruits and soaked with Angostura Single Barrel Rum, all at the expense of the country whose citizens will have to settle for the crumbs of a stale Kiss cake. That is what the public is seeing.