Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 19th 2018 Contents opinion A17
Friday, January 19, 2018
I would like to inform the public to be aware of and not
accept any traffic tickets from (what appears to be) CDA
police, due to the fact they are not wearing official uni-
forms to issue such.
I was almost given a ticket by the “CDA police” a cou-
ple of weeks ago for parking on the Western Main Road.
I was approached by three “officers” of which two were
dressed in something resembling uniforms and the
other one was wearing a Polo jersey marked CDA Police
on the back, and a old pair of jeans and bright sneakers.
I was terrified by the way they approached me in their
so-called uniform. I thought that were bandits who were
about to rob my family and myself. Thank God for the
blue police lights from their vehicle. I asked to see some
form of Police ID, which they did present. That, too,
looked very suspicious—a piece of cardboard which is
laminated with the officer’s photos on it.
The officer explained that it was illegal to park on the
Western Main Road and I will be ticketed. I told the of-
ficer that I am not accepting any ticket because they are
not wearing a proper uniform. The officer backed down
on the issuing of the ticket and let me off with a warning.
I am one to admit that I was wrong and will like to
set a good example to my three children, but one can-
not take things for granted with crime so high in this
I do suggest that these officers be provided with the
proper uniforms that can clearly identify them, though
I suspect they already have been. If so, they must be
made to wear them at all times when interacting with
the public. Also, the CDA and the Government must to
do better by their officers and put them first before golf
ST MARY’S VILLAGE
No uniform, no ticket
I was quite disappointed when I saw our U-19 cricket
team boys fail to go any further and being eliminated in
the first round. I am sure that many West Indian cricket
lovers would have felt the same way. You can well imagine
the feelings in the team camp, after all, these are young
men trying to launch out onto the bigger stage.
My words to all of them is to put that behind you, it
cannot be changed now. Do your match review and make
whatever recommendations. This is only one step up the
ladder; keep on climbing, use this negative to give you
more determination to train harder. There will be other
opportunities so be prepared and ready for them. The
whole of the West Indies is behind you, U-19. Don’t worry,
you will do better next time around.
Next time will be better, U-19
A ‘misstep’ or a first right step?
Economist Mary King in her most recent article has
dubbed the “government-appointed committee headed
by Mr Christian Mouttet”, a “misstep”. I beg to disagree.
I take an opposite view, which is that it is the first right
step that the government has taken to opening a real
conversation with the private sector on finding practi-
cal, workable solutions to our current economic woes.
Perhaps Mrs King has placed too much importance
on the phrase “large projects that they wish to under-
take”. First, we do need clarification on who really are
“they”—the government or the private sector. In either
case initiating a conversation based on any side’s pre-
determined outcomes would be a serious mistake. The
second grievous mistake would be to begin the discus-
sions by any side predetermining the size of the projects
that would be considered.
Let us examine two of Mrs King’s objections.
The first is that “The history of our private sector tells
us that it is not about higher risk investment into R&D
and the requisite global export competition”. This ac-
cusation has always been made by politicians, academ-
ics, the general public and me too. But on reflection I
suggest it needs to be re-examined, based on what, in
the real world of business, constitutes accept-
able risk and opportunity. I suggest this as a
useful exercise for the academic community.
Successful business people already know the
The other is the assumption that govern-
ment/s has/have “shown no interest also,
outside the traditional energy sector projects
and the like”. That is not our history. What we
have instead is a number of failed and failing
government-encouraged experiments, that
were initially based on the premise of import
substitution and limited exports to a miscon-
strued captive regional Caricom market. I’ll
mention only a few, dairy with Wallerfield
and pangola grass etc; textile and garments;
furniture; agro processing; and the famous
“college peas”. This is another area that re-
quires serious academic examination that
could serve as a guide to our future planning.
For years we have been preaching, pray-
ing, pontificating, wishing and hoping for
genuine government and private sector part-
nership in planning our economic future.
Perhaps we need to seize this opportunity to
craft the future that we all desire.
So, how should this first right step be pro-
First, Government and/or the Committee
itself, must broaden the composition of the
committee. The creative ideas will not all
come from big business and technocrats act-
ing together as the sole source of enlighten-
ment. If it is felt that the membership would
be too large, consider sub committees.
Secondly, broaden the discussions, invite
ideas from the wider public, use the new
communication tools that are available to
engage the public. We are experiencing a na-
tional crisis of confidence. We are all not only
responsible to contribute to the solutions, but
to feel confident that we are taking the right
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