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T&T cannot change the direction
of the wind, but she can adjust her
sails to always reach the destina-
tion. Put your heart, mind, and soul
into even your smallest acts. This is
the secret of success.
Let us welcome the Cabinet of
the Republic of T&T and congratu-
late the Hon Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley for putting the affairs
of the State into the greater hands
of tomorrow, the youth.
I was very pleased that panman
"Prof" Ken Philmore rendered our
national anthem on his tenor pan at
the recent swearing-in ceremony of
the ministers of Government. This
was appropriate and long overdue.
I look forward to our national an-
them being played by a soloist on
pan at the upcoming opening of
Parliament and at the opening cere-
mony of the new law term. In fact,
our national anthem should be
played on pan at all official func-
tions held at the Diplomatic Centre
and at international sporting
events. For overseas events at
which T&T is a participant, and
when our national anthem is re-
quired to be played, a suitable
recording prepared by the T&T Regi-
ment should be made available.
The hypocrisy is mind boggling.
One day people speaking the most
horrible, vile and abhorrent things
about other people, then the next
day are calling for healing. We are
truly a nation of hypocrites with a
dose of amnesia.
Steer the course, Dr Rowley
should be used more often
T&T, a nation of hypocrites
The US flag is flown at half mast at the United States Embassy in Port-of-
Spain, on Friday, in commemoration the 14th anniversary of the September 11
terrorist attack in New York. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
I would like to congratulate Dr
Rowley on his victory at the polls.
He said in his victory speech, the
time to work is now, and I hope he
is ready to hit the road running.
I have been writing on my obser-
vations of governance and political
behaviour for many years, as I've
noticed both sorely lacking in deco-
rum and ethics. However, my keen-
est observations are in the lack of
modern laws to fit with the times
in which we live.
Don't you think that it is time for
basic acts of Parliament to be up-
dated from those we inherited
from the British? And when I say
updated, I don't mean amendments
that change little, but rather a com-
plete rewrite that modernises the
entire judicial system.
A fitting example is the Offences
Against the Person Act, which
dates from 1925, with only a few
amendments. As the act under
which a majority of violent behav-
iour is charged, including domestic,
I think this should be a priority for
Also, it is time to do away with
the Integrity Commission... It's is a
useless and toothless entity suck-
ing away at the coffers of the
Yes, I know the Constitution will
need to be amended, but that is
why Dr Rowley was elected... to
work for the people.
What about the possibility of fi-
nancing the judiciary out of a Con-
solidated Fund, as so many First
World and even Third World coun-
tries do. The judiciary cannot be
truly independent if the Govern-
ment of the day continues to stran-
gle it annually for want of funds.
Indeed, having the judiciary fi-
nancially dependent on the Govern-
ment is not a true separation of
powers, nor consistent with the
Rule of Law.
To make a dent in crime, do as
the Ukrainians did: fire the cor-
rupted police officers en masse and
hire new, young, bright, qualified
people with a higher entry criteria.
Remember the broken window
theory and have officers out and
about, picking up on the small in-
fractions, including bad driving. A
night court is needed, but I can bet
crime will be reduced.
Speaking of courts, there is a
need for more judges and courts.
Waiting ten years for a hearing is
not consistent with the Rule of
Law and I'm surprised that more
challenges aren't filed against judi-
I hope to see Dr Rowley do posi-
tive things. In doing so, a second
term is guaranteed.
Time for change is now
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