Three-time Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Patrick Augustus Manning passed away this morning July 2, 2016 at 8.15 am. He was diagnosed on July 1, 2016 with
1991 and in 2001, 2002 and 2007 as a member and leader of the People's National Movement political party.
His was married to Hazel Manning who served as a former Education Minister in Trinidad and Tobago was the father of two sons.
He served under two former Prime Ministers, Dr Eric Williams and Mr George Chambers and as Leader of the Opposition against three Prime Ministers, Mr ANR Robinson, Mr Basdeo Panday and Kamla Persad Bissessar. Persad-Bisessessar displaced him 2010 to become the first Female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago as documented in Through the Political Glass Ceiling - Race to Prime Ministership by Trinidad and Tobago's First Female.
Through the Political Glass Ceiling captures the final nail biting-moments of Mr Patrick Manning's Prime Ministership and the socio, cultural and political milieu in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally that resulted in his defeat at the elections of 2010.
Through the Political Glass Ceiling explores the "Clash of Political Cultures through Cultural Diversity lenses and an analysis of minority politics in relation to geography, gender and rurality, globalisation and the information age.
Manning has been one of the longest serving politicians and a parliamentarian since 1971 when he contested the elections to win the San Fernando East seat which he held for ten consecutive elections up to 2015.
Patrick Manning was born at the foothills of the Naparima Hill in Trinidad and Tobago's second city, San Fernando in 1946.Educated at Presentation College and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He served as a geologist in the oil industry in his early career with Texaco as a geologist and has served in several reincarnations as Minister responsible forthe energy industries Ministerial portfolio in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Ministerial roles for Works, Transport, Industry and Commerce, Petroleum and Mines, Information, Energy and Natural Resources among them.
His political career has not been untouched by controversy.
Through the Political Glass Ceiling captures the build-up to the election of Kamla Persad-Bissessar as the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago with historical and socio-cultural analyses and contexts that examine the role of gender, culture and geography in the politics of this developing country.
This book presents the paradox of politics and society in Trinidad and Tobago in the context of the contest for leadership between the country's longest standing political entity, the People's National Movement, and the first female leader of a political party, United National Congress' Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
It sets selected speeches of Persad-Bissessar against the backdrop of multiculturalism, gender, and geo-politics with refreshing insights into the interplay between minority and dominant political ideologies as post-Independent T&T struggles for articulation and definition of a truly encompassing national identity.
Ranging through the country's experiences with political parties under Dr Eric Williams, through the period of the National Alliance for Reconstruction and ANR Robinson to the period of voting deadlock at the turn of the century involving Basdeo Panday and Patrick Manning, it presents the situations and contexts of Persad-Bissessar's controversial political career.
In doing so, it provides roadmaps of Persad-Bissessar's journey to T&T's highest political offices, through to the defining moments of the May 2010 snap electioncalled by Patrick Manning.
It is compiled with introduction and contexts by Dr Kris Rampersad, a journalist, researcher, educator, writer and publisher and heritage expert and educator on the diversity of Caribbean society and cultures.
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Through The Political Glass Ceiling
Book written on Kamla’s speech By LEISELLE MARAJ Monday, May 17 2010
WRITER turn publisher, Dr Kris Rampersad took 21 days to produce and publish a book of speeches given by political leader of the United National Congress, Kamla PersadBissessar in her 21 years as a political figure. PersadBissessar, who was present for the launch of the publication yesterday at the Casablanca Banquet Hall, Movietowne, PortofSpain said if elected, her government would work to develop the publishing industry which could benefit the economy through diversification, providing employment opportunities, gender equality and reducing crime. “We are the nation and region that gave the world the living literary Nobel Prize winners Sir Vidia Naipaul and Derek Walcott, we gave the world Bob Marley, Carnival, Hoosay, Ramleela and soca and the steelpan and when we should be reaping the developmental and economical rewards of our intellectual creativity, we are forced to see them overtaken and stolen by the American and UK giant industries,” she said. Rampersad in her address stated all proceeds from the sale of the book will fund local research and publishing. PersadBissessar acknowledged this, noting it was “the beginning of a valid and commendable effort to answer a desperate local need for local home grown material, research, books and a publishing line that will include fiction, poetry, biography, children’s books and social research and data.” She explained this was essential, particularly to address the need for local material to be used by children in the nation’s schools. She applauded Rampersad’s effort to produce the 500 page publication, entitled Through the Political Glass Ceiling, Race to Prime Ministership by Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female, in three weeks’ time, which she said, represented a reverse in the decline of Trinidad and Tobago’s literature. The book included an introduction written by Rampersad which PersadBissessar said “brings new life to debates on the place of race, class, ethnicity, gender, culture, geography or rural/urban factors in our politics and it certainly shows our politics in a new light.” Rampersad noted the period leading up to the date of general election shows a side of society which is not seen at any other time. She added there are plans to reprint this publication and to produce a second edition which will include speeches that were not published in the first effort.
Book written on Kamla’s Speech http://www.newsday.co.tt/politics/print,0,120960.html;
Commonwealth Praise for book: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Commonwealth_praise_for_book_on_Kamla_s_speeches-114783264.html
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