Divinely Inspired Choices?

I have always wondered what factors into the appointment of Ministers and Senators. Certainly, last week’s announcement of the new Cabinet gave me food for thought. Are the criteria that inform the placements any more rigorous than the standards applied by professional executive head-hunters?

The following is a list (by no means exhaustive and in no particular order) of what I thought might be possible considerations:

  • academic qualifications
  • professional experience (in parliament, in the field of posting, managerial background)
  • communication and organization skills (sound leadership qualities, able to effectively convey messages and listen to others, able work well in teams, able to prioritize, able to multi-task, able to delegate)
  • interests (active in community affairs, women’s issues, arts and culture, or sports to name a few)
  • loyalty to the party (contested a constituency seat, financial donor, active member)

But the more I thought about it, certain personal qualities and attributes should also be important:

  • mental stability (highly stressful job – under constant scrutiny by BLOGGERS, public, media, peers, staff)
  • quick study (MPs do not have to be placed in their field of expertise. It would be nice though…)
  • honesty, integrity
  • determination, fortitude, positive outlook
  • discerning (a sound judge of character, able to separate the sycophants who will tell you want you want to hear from the people who will tell what you need to hear)
  • critical-thinking, innovative
  • able to accept and learn from criticism

So, after all thinking about all of that (maybe more, maybe less), how did Patos’ final list turn out? See full line up here.

Ministers (including PM)
17 men, 8 women,
16 contested elections, 9 did not (25 total)

  • 5 men did not contest, but have prior parliamentary experience (Arnold Piggott, Conrad Enill, Jerry Narace, Lenny Saith, Martin Joseph).
  • 1 man did not contest and has no prior parliamentary experience (Mariano Browne)
  • 5 men contested elections and have prior parliamentary experience (Colm Imbert, Keith Rowley, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Patrick Manning, Rennie Dumas)
  • 6 men contested elections, but have no prior parliamentary experience (Amery Browne, Gary Hunt, Ross, Kennedy Swaratsingh, Neil Parsanlal, Peter Taylor)
  • 2 women did not contest and have no prior parliamentary experience (Bridgid Annisette-George, Dr Emily Gaynor Dick-Ford)
  • 1 woman did not contest, but has prior parliamentary experience (Hazel Manning)
  • 1 woman contested and has prior parliamentary experience (Christine Kangaloo)
  • 4 women contested, but have no prior parliamentary experience (Esther Le Gendre, Karen Nunez-Tesheira, Marlene McDonald, Paula Gopee-Scoon)

Ministers of State
2 men, 3 women (5 total)

  • Both men contested (Fitzgerald Jeffrey, Stanford Callender)
  • 2 women contested (Alicia Hospedales, Donna Cox), but 1 did not (Tina Gronlund-Nunez)
  • All lack prior parliamentary experience

Parliamentary Secretaries
3 men (total)

  • 2 contested (Junia Regrello, NiLeung Hypolite)
  • 1 did not contest (Wesley George)
  • All lack prior parliamentary experience

Government Senators
3 men, 2 women
(5 total)

  • None contested
  • 1 has prior parliamentary experience (Danny Montano)
  • 4 do not have prior parliamentary experience (George Hadeed, June Melville, Laurel Lezama, Linus Rogers)

Without Portfolios
2 men, 2 women (4 total)

  • All contested
  • 2 have prior Parliamentary experience (Anthony Roberts, Pennelope Beckles)
  • 2 do not have prior Parliamentary experience (Indra Sinanan Ojah-Maharaj, Roger Joseph)



Note: The above contains rough estimates which should not be taken as gospel.



~ by mangoandmosquitoblog on November 14, 2007.

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