I grew up in an era when my father and his friends met next door at the neighbour's to play cards and talk about local and world politics.My neighbour was an elderly man named Mr Kerry and because I was one of his favourites I was allowed as a little boy to listen to snippets of their conversations. Mr Kerry was'' the Premier'' of the cabinet .He was given this sobriquet because of the high regard in which he held our first premier,Dr Eric Eustace Williams.
In the cabinet I heard detailed discussions of world affairs.A hot topic[in the early 60's],was World War 11 and of course Adolf Hitler.My father seemed to dominate these talks because he had actually worked on the Chaguaramas base with the Americans during the war.He also religiously tuned in his radio to listen every BBC broadcast.You could't talk when daddy was listening the news.That was an unwritten rule in our home.
I actually learnt a lot from listening to the cabinet and my father.Another favourite topic was Idi Amin,the Ugandan dictator.Here my father excelled again because he could tell ''the Cabinet'' the name of every ruler in Africa and when they started their rule.
Because this cabinet comprised a membership that was for the most part unlearnt,there was always the tendency for frivolous and unsubstantiated arguments,like when I was only seven and the cabinet called me to be the referee.The camp was split straight down the middle disputing which side was east or west.When I was asked to judge I was stumped for a minute,until I remembered what my father had told me.Unhesitatingly,I pointed to the rising sun.''The sun rises in the east I said ,''somewhat triumphantly.That settled the argument that day and I was hailed by the cabinet as a bright boy!
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