Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 30th 2013 Contents Just as I had anticipated, and indeed
expected, the debate over the scan-
dalous e-mail controversy has degen-
erated into the very obnoxious game of
Instead of trying to be dispassionate on
a matter which should have far-reaching
consequences for our democratic way of
life, we are turning the whole thing into
a political football, which will get us
nowhere very fast.
While I understand the "Radio
Gestapo," a phrase coined by Dr Morgan
Job, to describe myopic supporters of the
major political parties who gave their
completely biased views on radio talk
shows, how do you explain that kind of
attitude from people who are supposed
to know better than these zealots?
The unedifying bacchanal began the
moment Leader of the Opposition Dr
Keith Rowley ended his presentation on
the no-confidence motion in Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her
three-year-old People s Partnership
administration last week.
Like a lightning rod, the protagonists,
mainly from the two major parties, UNC
and the PNM, began sniping at each
other like pothounds (with sincere apolo-
gy to these animals) on the airwaves.
Each side with their myopic views tried
to outdo each other and both accusing
each other of guilt in this unholy mess.
It is the usual "us" against "them"
syndrome, all in the name of blind loyal-
ty to their respective political entities.
One can excuse these simpletons---and
please don t get me wrong, as I am
referring specifically to those who are "so
and so" until they die, and who refuse to
think with their brains and chose to fol-
low their political masters who very often
speak with forked tongues.
Out of this equation I am excluding
those who, although supportive of a
political party, do give intelligent dis-
courses on these shows.
However, can we really excuse those
who, in my opinion, are highly qualified
professionals in their respective fields
(politics included), and who some of us
look up to because they have some kind
of title behind or in front of their
These are the people who get my goat,
which very often is not properly curried,
too. One of the main talking points in
this debate is that government should
bring in foreigners to sort out this most
sordid chapter in our political scenario.
They label these people "foreign
experts," which to me is a slap in the
face of our people who have time and
again proven themselves second to none
in almost every field of endeavour on the
Space does not allow me the luxury of
naming these people who have made us
proud, not only in sport but in the sci-
ences, literature and so on.
The record is there for even the blind
to see and while it is perfectly okay for
us to support the political organisation
of our choice, when we go out of our
way to vilify hard-working public ser-
vants, then I think the line must be
drawn except, of course, when that per-
son is deserving of such approbation.
In this context I find it very offensive
and downright insulting for anybody,
especially a politician, to condemn the
selection of Deputy Commissioner of
Police Mervyn Richardson to lead the
investigation into this e-mail scandal.
Can anyone tell me what has Mr
Richardson done or has not done to be
so publicly criticised by someone who,
as a politician, should know better than
to criticise a public servant for less than
What is equally baffling is why Mr
Richardson would be so treated when it
has been reported on more than one
occasion that the police can hire any
kind of expertise they need---local or
foreign---to prosecute their investigation.
Or is it a case of taking in front before
in front takes you?
My whole point is that we should
shut our politically-biased mouths and
let the police and whoever they choose
to assist them do their work so they can
get to the bottom of this without having
to look over their shoulders unnecessari-
ly.And by the way there are so many
questions that need answering in this
story on the reported bugging of the
office of the DPP six months ago and
which has only now surfaced.
Methinks there is a rotten fish which
stinks to the high heavens and one of
the questions that must be answered is:
what did the DPP do when the bug was
See what I mean?
And on the basis of a story carried by
the Guardian last week I really don t
think that anyone questioned by the
police in connection with the e-mail
imbroglio would be so foolish as to
refuse to co-operate with the officers.
The reason is very obvious.
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Why the rush to change
back to co-ed status?
As a concerned parent I would like the pub-
lic to be privy to the results of the findings of
the three-year trial period for the same-sex
"experiment" for some schools, as the news-
paper article did not provide such. What were
the benchmarks? What were the variables
considered? What was done differently to the
If teachers were teaching the same way to
an all-male environment and not making ad-
justments to the delivery, making use of more
physical applications and demonstrations,
how would academic performance be ex-
pected to improve?
Did teachers approach well-established sin-
gle-sex schools to ask questions about what
works, how and why?
How does one go about changing the cul-
ture of a school in three years?
Once again, we see half-hearted attempts
at implementation without much planning;
trying to cast aside instead of trying to im-
Can we honestly say that nothing, in any of
these schools, has improved within this period
to warrant an extension of the same-sex
plan? I did hear from one source that it was
found that less distractions of the opposite
sex being present provided a more chaste en-
vironment. Isn't that worth considering, espe-
cially in light of one of the most recent
murders involving 14 and 16 year-old boys in a
co-ed school allegedly over a girl?
What is the rush Mr Minister of Education?
Did it occur to you that some parents chose
these schools for SEA because they were
same sex? So why wasn't it decided before
the SEA choices were made to make these
Please be fair to parents and children, we
are not pawns to be moved about willy-nilly
(as in the case of early dismissal at such late
notice Tuesday). Please exercise some pru-
dence in your decisions, because contrary to
popular belief, many parents are thinking be-
fore they act.
FOGGING UP A SERIOUS MATTER
In this context I find it
very offensive and
downright insulting for
anybody, especially a
politician, to condemn the
selection of Deputy
Commissioner of Police
Mervyn Richardson to
lead the investigation
into this e-mail scandal.
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