Personality - Parliamentarian, former head of the PCA, Gillian Lucky: "Why I Wear A Tie", singer, politician and lawyer
Post Date: 20th May, 2007 - 7:43pm
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I am sure you have noticed Ms. Gillian Lucky always dress in a man's suit with tie included but why does she wear a tie? According to her: "To send the message that I am Trinbagonian before I am anything else. Trinidad and Tobago must come first". Go figure.
OPPOSITION Parliamentarian Gillian Lucky, who recently added a tie to her distinctive wardrobe of dark tailored pant suits and buttoned-down shirts, yesterday revealed to Sunday Newsday that she is making a strong statement with the addition to her attire.
"I am wearing this tie to send the message that I am Trinbagonian before I am anything else. Trinidad and Tobago must come first," she explained.
Lucky wears the striking tie, in the national colours of red, white and black, in her official capacity as a Member of Parliament. It is a way, she said, of expressing her pride in TT and her determination to put country above everything else, including political affiliations.
The outspoken Pointe-a-Pierre MP, a member of the Congress of the People (COP), said the tie is also a way of demonstrating her objection to a long-held practice by top officials of the People's National Movement (PNM) of wearing ties with the party's symbol, the balisier, at government functions.
Lucky feels so strongly about the message conveyed by her national tie, she acquired a dozen of them and shared them among her colleagues on the Opposition back benches in Parliament. She also gave a tie to a PNM MP - she didn't give his name - after he asked her for one.
Reinforcing her stance on the tie, Lucky declared: "I put country first... This is who I am. I am of mixed Indian culture. I plan to learn to play the pan."
According to the MP, putting TT first is one of the ways of dealing with the problem of discrimination, an issue she addressed recently when she was the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Central Port-of-Spain...