POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS MUST BE STRUCTURED TO INVOLVE THE PEOPLE AS THE SUPREME AUTHORITY IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS
Power must now be effectively wielded, by bradly based people’s institutions, that is institutions like the people’s Parliaments which are open to the participation of all, not just representative institutions.Representative institutions must be subordinate to and serve institutions of direct people’s participation, an arrangement which would in fact make the people collectively the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE, and their chosen representatives, servants of the people.
Those institutions which collectively make up the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE must establish the policy framework for the society and ensure the perfromance of representative bodies charged with turning national poilicies into specific programmes and having them implemented.
The priciple of participation must be maintained in evry area of the process. For example, education curriculum should be drafted with the involvement of teachers, students and parfents aong with administrators.
The National Executive must monitor the ongoing activities and programmes of the representative bodies in the society, make periodic review of all direction and achievement and retain the right of intervention and final say on any aspect of program at any time.
The broadly based people’s institutions must be operational at different levels of the society, not only at the level of the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE.Just as there are areas of national responsibility, ther are also areas for community control and even broader areas of concern such as is the case with the island of Tobago.
This system would free the people from tyranny of the virtually unchecked powers of elected representatives in relation to the masses of the people.Once installed in office, political leaders are pliant to imperialist interests.and powerfully organised local vested interests, while the disorganisation of the people allows for their interests to be treated as secondary.
The people must now from the organised base of the political system.
This is the only framework within which the question of tobago and its realtion to trinidad could rreally be resolved.The power of abuse which a centralised authority in Trinidad has , is whati responsible for the dangling of Tobago.
Parliament made a promise of Internal self-government to Tobago and tok no concrete steps to implement it for years. When, under pressure, a house of assembly is finaallly set up on the island, aMinister can say Tobago has no self-government and mocked by the pwoers of the House of Assembly, simply because the ruling party was soundly defeated in the elections to that House. There are all kinds of plays on words about what the assembly can do and cannot do.
When the people control the institutions of decision making there can be no such frustration of their expressed will by a minority of politicians.
Whereas some existing institutions can be adapted to play their role inmakingpeople’s power a reality, there is definite need for the formation of new institutions.
The theoretical and legal frame work is not enough to guarantee that institutions would in fact function as institutions of people’s power. Other important factors are the very process by which the institutions are formed and most important, the political culture of the society. We therefore state as another aspect of the general principle.