THE CARIBBEAN: Challenging the Boss-Men

Just to dip my index finger

in your indelible ink

And trace an angel's death-cross

against my door?

Hah, let the black levers

stay unpulled

Till the crack of doom.

Thus did a local poet, U. Loutoo, describe his feelings about last week's elections in Trinidad and Tobago. The key issue in the campaign was whether the islanders should vote at all. Prime Minister Eric Williams, the arrogant and donnish political leader of his country since 1956, urged a big turnout for his People's National Movement. Most opposition leaders and their supporters, like Poet Loutoo,...

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