Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 15th 2018 Contents We have just witnessed
meeting of the presidents
and prime ministers of Caricom in
Haiti at which some prominence
was given to the matter of the
need for some measure of politi-
cal control of Cricket West Indies
(CWI) presumably via the Caricom
Once again there has been ap-
prehension as to whether the
Heads have not been failing in
their ability to forward the Car-
ibbean Integration Movement
after the bold initiative by the 3
B’s (Barrow, Burnham and Bird),
in mounting, 50 years ago, a “sec-
ond best” following the collapse of
the West Indies Federation. Even
now, have the Heads not failed to
establish the much-heralded Car-
ibbean Single Market and Econ-
omy? What of the Caribbean Court
of Justice (the CCJ)?
I am wondering whether the
Heads are not aware that they
have, on their plates, so many is-
sues of relative more importance
with which they ought to be dab-
bling rather than with issues sur-
rounding cricket? What of the
issues of national security, inter-
national terrorism and crime?
I venture to suggest that the
problem which has arisen has its
roots in more deep seated phe-
nomena than the matter of “con-
trol” of the game and allowing
greater accountability. It is my
view that it is to found in our ina-
bility, for whatever causes, to pro-
duce citizens of the eminence and
professionalism with which the re-
gion had been blessed yesteryears.
Are we aware that our region has
produced three Nobel Laureates
in the form of Sir Arthur Lewis
(economics), Sir Derek Walcott
(literature)—both from St Lucia—
and Tobago? In cricket, where
are the Learie Constantines, the
George Headleys, the 3 W’s (Wor-
rell, Weekes, Walcott), the Vivian
Richards, the Clive Lloyds, the
Brian Laras, the Andy Roberts,
the Michael Holdings, the Court-
ney Walshes and the Curtley Am-
Where are the Lloyd Bests, the
William Demases and the George
Beckfords, among others? I see
not the likes!
Unfortunately the same sce-
nario can be repeated in all our
professional classes and while it
would be preposterous of me to
be expecting the region to pro-
duce the likes of Eric Williams, the
Manleys (Norman and Michael),
Grantley Adams, Cheddi Jagan and
Bustamante, it is my view that the
problems visiting our cricket are
but a reflection of a much wider
malaise which may have its roots
in many socio-economic factors
with the current education system
of our region being accorded a
place of prominence. The Heads
should take heed.
ERROL O C CUPID, TRINCITY
Iam completely bemused at the
most recent comments by Oppo-
sition Leader Kamla Persad-Bis-
sessar with regards to third parties
and the UNC.
Mrs Persad-Bissesar should trace
her rise to political leadership in this
country. It is a well known fact that
she was cajoled into fighting for lead-
ership of the UNC in January 2010 by
no lesser people than Jack Warner
and Gypsy Peters. They sensed the
growing unpopularity of Basdeo
Panday who had clearly passed his
shelf life. Victory was easy to come
by even to the initially (seemingly)
As fate would have it, Patrick Man-
ning provided the country with an
opportunity to exhale and the op-
position forces rallied to promote
Kamla as leader and ultimately next
It must be said that she displayed
no leadership skills or vision to be
Prime Minster, but with the unity of
Winston Dookeran, Errol McLeod
and Makandal Daaga, the Fyzabad
Accord led to victory.
Fast forward to 2018 with more
than six electoral defeats to her
credit, Kamla Persad-Bissessar de-
clares to a bunch of sycophants that
the UNC could win elections alone
and that she will not be falling for
third party tricks!
To her eternal shame, Kamla de-
stroyed the Partnership Govern-
ment and has never even bothered
to apologise for turning this country
into a PNM wasteland. She has never
explained how she was able to lose
11 seats and more than 100 thousand
votes but she crows about third par-
ties which put her in power!
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The country’s most
Law association contributing to crime?
All the major problems in
Trinidad and Tobago stem
from two major areas: a
poor or non-working judiciary
and a struggling economy. Un-
safe communities, corruption,
murders, robberies, gang activ-
ities and drug trafficking are all
linked to the failure of our judi-
It is time that groups like the
law association look at their
structure and determine if they
are contributing to the malaise.
It is noteworthy that these or-
ganisations can find resources to
investigate the Chief Justice and
comment on almost everything
political but are silent on the fact
that there are cases in our system
of justice seeking a hearing for
over ten years.
The inability to arrive at swift
justice is one of the major reasons
why criminals feel emboldened.
They know that with the support
of lawyers, who take advantage
of our poor judicial system, they
could be free to continue their il-
licit activities with impunity.
The immediate solution is to
dismiss cases in the system over
15 years and enter into a plea bar-
gaining structure with others five
years and older. The remaining
cases ought to be heard within
one year. Additionally, the State
should look at clearing up the
prison population by allowing re-
formed and non-violent prisoners
to be free on parole. This will ne-
cessitate legislation to implement
a parole system similar to that in
the United States.
The other major challenge
facing our nation at this time, is
the economy. The solution lies
with the government’s ability to
embrace the private sector as a
partner in charting the economic
future of our nation. Addition-
ally, there is immediate need to
close all non-essential, non-prof-
itable State companies. Finally,
the government ought to make
agriculture and tourism the focus
of long-term economic develop-
ment. God Bless Our Nation.
Go it alone,
Has Caricom not lost its way?
Alana Solomon from Morvant reads a copy the T&T Guardian at the Queen’s Park
Savannah on Tuesday. She said she reads the Guardian because she gets the facts
and also because of the SEA practice test which she uses to help her daughter
prepare for next year.
PICTURE ROBERTO CODALLO
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