Leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People
TOP Political Leader, Ashworth Jack, appeared to be fit and confident when he addressed members of the Tobago media last Tuesday. Jack who took a short holiday after a grueling THA election campaign was in a combative mood as he fielded questions from the media. When questioned on the controversial Jack Warner issue, the TOP leader said, “Mr Warner had followed the highest standard of parliamentary democracy by resigning from his positions in Government and the UNC party.” Jack noted that this action by Jack Warner must be seen as representing the tradition and norms of the Westminster style politics we practiced over the years. Jack Warner recently resigned as Minister of National Security and as Chairman of the United Congress. He also tendered his resignation as parliamentary representative for his Chaguanas West Constituency. Warner was one of the main architects of the Peoples Partnership Government of which the Jack led TOP is a part. Warner was faced with mounting allegations concerning his time in FIFA, specifically Concacaf.
Jack has led the TOP to victory in 2010 general elections in Tobago when the TOP won the Tobago seats. However, with the PNM taking all 12 seats in the THA election in January, Jack’s political leadership took a big hit, but he appeared to have put that psychological blow behind him as he spoke to the press last Tuesday. He told the Tobago News after the press conference that the TOP was still a major political force on the island and once the internal elections were settled, the Party will be more active.
He also took the opportunity to correct a press report on his stolen gun and cash, which occurred recently at his home. He said, “contrary to the reports which stated that $15,000 was stolen from his home, it was in fact $1500.