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Some of us may want to come
down like 20 tons of brick on the
head of President Anthony Carmona
for his no-holds-barred speech at
last week s opening of the new ses-
sion of the parliament.
Yours truly, however, was not sur-
prised at his brutally frank discourse
which had legislators of every form
and fashion clearly unsettled in their
cushy seats, while the Head of State
clinically dealt with issues which
have been so dear to almost every
citizen over the years.
No doubt the ladies and gentlemen
all decked off in their "Sunday best,"
attire trekked down to the parliament
prepared for another of those dull
and boring speeches they have grown
accustomed to in this annual ritual
which is soon forgotten as they head
for the after-speech cocktails.
I am sure the goodly parliamen-
tarians had much to talk about over
their favourite cocktail mix, while
dissecting the President s sermon,
address, lecture, political speech or
however one choses to describe the
stinging rebuke by his Excellency,
on several areas where our legislators
may have fallen down over successive
No doubt some were taken aback
by the candor of his remarks which
appealed to almost every citizen who
is concerned about the welfare of
T&T and what should be done to
bring us to once more being a caring
For some people, this land has
been allowed to degenerate into an
almost lawless society because our
governments, instead of implement-
ing the laws passed to ensure we live
a society free from fear and one in
which law abiding citizens can enjoy
a measure of peace and security, pre-
fer to pander to the governed in such
a way so at to keep their eyes on the
next general election.
No better example of this fright-
ening disregard for law and order
was the alarming discharge of sophis-
ticated firearms over the capital city
by, up to now, unknown gunmen
who defiantly showed off their fire-
power while the police themselves
were involved in quelling another
incident of gang warfare in east Port-
Up to the time of writing we have
not heard if any of these illegal gun-
empowered brigands was captured.
Do you think that in any truly devel-
oped country you could have had
this boldfaced threat to the security
of all citizens by a bunch of wayward
Forgive me for digressing but it
hurts when I, and like so many other
citizens, ponder the stage we have
reached with respect to gun violence
and there seems to be no letting up
by these violent and don t-give-a-
And the parliament can still do
more by way of passing legislation
to adequately deal with these
uncivilised people who know they
can carry out all sorts of violent acts
because they would not be caught.
Do we really believe that our pres-
ent day parliamentarians would take
shame out of their faces, if they have
any at all, and as President Carmona
admonished them to do, get together
and come up with a definitive plan
to restore this society to the once
peaceful place we know it used to
be?Both government and opposition
getting together if only to come up
with some positive solutions to the
major cancer afflicting the nation,
in the interest of rescuing our inno-
cent citizens from our home grown
Anyway, as I said earlier, I was not
surprised that President Carmona,
even at the risk of being criticised
for his forthright pronouncements
on the general state of the society,
pressed the attack button last Fri-
Much to the discomfort of some
legislators I am sure.
Why I was not surprised?
After his blistering verbal assault
I was so moved with his presentation
that my mind went back to a couple
of years ago when he was still on
the bench and we met at the super-
market in the Long Circular Mall.
We chatted briefly, and you know
what his main point was? The state
which the country had reached. After
our brief discussion during which
he demonstrated a strong sense of
social consciousness, I said to myself
what a pity judges were not allowed
to go public on the general state of
If they were allowed I would have
certainly interviewed him, but we
went our separate ways each hoping
for the best for our country.
Unfortunately, I am sad to say and
agree with the maxim, the more
things change in this country the
more they remain the same.
If only to shake up our leaders
from their lethargic state of mind I
would support one hundred per cent
more presentations the likes of which
we heard on August 2.
Clevon Raphael is a media consultant
with 49 years' experience and the recipient
of a National Award in the field of jour-
FOR LETHARGIC MPS
MAKING LIFE EASIER
A young boy uses a wheel
barrow to carry an empty
gas cylinder to buy LPG
gas at the Beetham
Highway gas station.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
PM coy on talk of
A cabinet reshuffle at this point
will not help the PP. It will just look
like they are desperate, confirm that
they are in a state of panic and give
the impression that this is the best
they can do to stop their decline in
the public's eye.
I done see Gypsy in a lifeboat
singing, "Captain, the ship is sinking."
Cops unhappy with George
You cops were dissatisfied with
the 2 Canadians CoP and Deputy as
Would it be easier if you can
detail your own achievements over
the past decades and reveal your
performance to all?
Moonilal defends his call
for MPs' salary increase
Moonilal want increase, he has a
Remember when public officers
were fighting for their increase and
didn't want the 5 per cent?
He told them to take it and wine
to the side.
Apparently he wants to live the
high life and no one else should.
Well, he now has to not only
obtain a car capable of driving on
the nation's roads but he needs to
ensure the certified copy is on his
name as well, and that costs a lot.
Stunned colleagues on Oudit's
exit: Party still strong
Ah, yes. Our politics continue to
evolve in a manner reminiscent of
the past where unrequited egos
brought the house down.
By the end of the month, the PP
will be in total disarray. If you
reshuffle a deck full of jokers what
can you possibly get in return? The
PP is dead, just unwilling to lie
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