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As genuinely desirous of positive
outcomes as Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar must be
in reshuffling her cabinet to achieve
the results promised but yet to be
delivered by the People s Partnership
Government, there is little in what she
has said and done to logically expect
the objectives to be met.
"I do believe they did very well," said
the Prime Minister of her cabinet pre-
reshuffled. "But I want improved deliv-
ery. This ushers in a new era of my
Government," said the PM in the
expectation that her reshuffled cabinet
would expedite results.
First to be noted is that the Prime
Minister expressed no more than hope
and nothing of a new structured man-
agement approach to achieve results.
Neither was there a statement on a
new policy and programmatic approach
to, for example, how criminal gangs are
to be destroyed, how the youth of the
high-crime, high risk areas are to be
reformed and purged of the hate and
violent nature they now possess.
No indication from the Prime Minis-
ter on new economic thinking, plan-
ning and programming to move the
economy into sustainable growth. She
did not share with us how the public
service is to be made more efficient.
Neither did she disclose new measures
to incentivise and fire the imagination
and courage of the private sector to
utilise the over-flowing surplus lodged
in the commercial banks for invest-
But even if the Prime Minister is of
the view that these fundamentals are
in place and what is needed are minis-
ters more capable, more conscious of
the requirement for delivery, is the
Prime Minister relying on her clarion
call for "accelerated progress" to
achieve the objective?
What are the new systems and
structures that have been put in place
to achieve the objectives?
Instead of such a scientific manage-
ment approach to the task, the Prime
Minister, as articulated in her reshuffle
statement, relies on ole-time scare tac-
tics: "I can assure you that no one will
escape scrutiny," by herself and by the
public. Is it that the PM was previous-
ly lax in her supervisory responsibility?
Has she been unaware of the thun-
der of voices of dissatisfaction that has
been resonating from the public over
the last three years? Or is it that the
PM will now stop ignoring the insis-
tent ringing in her ear?
That this has been the third cabinet
reshuffle, inclusive of a few firings in
as many years, should be indication
enough to the PM and the national
community that the cabinet has not
More fundamentally there should be
an acknowledgement of the serious
problems with the policies, pro-
grammes and the deficiencies in minis-
terial handling of portfolios.
So for instance, what is going to
make Chandresh Sharma more capable
of achieving the objectives of the Min-
istry of Tourism than Stephen Cadiz?
If Emmanuel George did not cut it in
National Security, what better disposes
him to achieve in the Justice Ministry
for which he has no legal background?
In Captain Gary Griffith she has
chosen someone with military experi-
ence, and academic qualifications in
criminology. He will have to prove his
capability. However, he has not distin-
guished himself by the public positions
he has taken and his contradictory and
We now know that the prayer and
fasting routine adopted by Pastor
Rodger Samuels had nothing to do
with qualms of conscience about issues
of integrity with the government but
rather centred on things of the world
such as cabinet position and all the
expectations of someone who won a
traditional PNM seat in the last elec-
The firing of Christlyn Moore is the
definitive signal that the Prime Minis-
ter has given up on Tobago after the
12-0 spanking in the THA election;
Moore and the Tobago Organisation of
the People have been dropped from the
On the contrary, the PM has
renewed her faith in ministers against
whom much criticism and allegations
have been made: Anand Ramlogan,
Anil Roberts, Suruj Rambachan
amongst others; has she not been lis-
tening to the voices of complaints by
None of the newcomers brings excit-
ing credentials to his/her portfolios.
But the Prime Minister has also not
dealt with another factor which will
militate against the reshuffled cabinet
achieving in fast-order the objectives
as listed. However much she may
desire to "launch the most aggressive
development and productive period of
governance in T&T", there is a learning
curve reality that could take months
(only 20 months left) as ministers get
acquainted with their new portfolios
and as the momentum slides in those
ministries where there have been
And just to keep the PM and the
major party in a quandary, Prakash
Ramadhar in an uncharacteristically
bold statement critical of the reshuffle
says his Congress of the People, the
largest minority party in the coalition,
is displeased, presumably with how the
COP was treated in the reshuffle.
Ramadhar also has issues with the
allocation of the local government dis-
tricts amongst the parties.
Bottom line: the portents are that
the reshuffle is not likely to achieve
intended results no matter the good
Judges need to be brought to account
I wish to support the suggestion contained in Mr Ram-
charan's letter which was published in your newspaper re-
cently, that there be "a complete overhaul of the judicial
As usual, some judges were honoured with Independ-
ence Day awards, but what has any of them done to de-
serve any praise or reward whatsoever?
We have had a pathetic judicial system for many years
now, yet those who preside over it have done nothing to
improve the situation. They sit day after day accepting any
excuse to put off cases, over and over whilst pretending to
be all high and mighty. They love their silly annual ceremo-
nial openings, having enjoyed a long "summer" recess with
full pay and additional perks---a relic of colonial times---
which make them feel important.
It is time that the robes which cloak the reality of the ju-
diciary be removed and the truth laid bare, as few people
receive justice in this country any more.
ILP should put Montano
to contest St Joseph seat
There is never a dull moment in our politics. Our present
government is making sure that we are kept on our toes
with their various meanderings on the political field. It
makes for good reading and at times, is quite entertaining.
But on a serious note we are now facing another by-elec-
The new kid on the block, the ILP, is flexing its new-
found political muscles to try to wrest the seat from the
harassed UNC. This is a marginal seat and it could go any
way and could be a real pointer as to what may happen in
2015. If the ILP fields a candidate like Robin Montano it
could then give a good account of itself.
I don't see the UNC fielding any candidate to match
Montano as they do not have much of a presence in St
Joseph. They will have to depend on the COP to provide a
candidate in order to have a fair chance of retaining the
Dr Clifford Ramcharan
You are minister
of all sports, Anil
Can someone tell me
why the Sports Minis-
ter was not changed in
the last reshuffle? He
does nothing for the or-
dinary man in sports. It
seems he likes to shine
with some winners,
while he neglects oth-
ers.We need a Sports
Minister who could ap-
preciate all sporting ac-
tivities. I was very
disappointed that in the
budget concern was
only about swimming,
cycling and tennis. By
the way, a winner in
table tennis recently re-
turned home and I am
yet to hear the Minister
of Sport congratulate
Why Lalonde Gordon
over Machel Cedenio?
I have been searching the daily newspapers diligently for
an explanation of why a spent Lalonde Gordon was chosen
to run in the 4x400 metres relay at the World Champi-
onships in Moscow, when Machel Cedenio was available.
So far, I've not seen anything. Team manager Dexter
Voisin has made all kinds of pronouncements but, appar-
ently, has skilfully avoided giving an explanation on this mat-
ter. Even the recent meeting with the Sports Minister did not
yield an answer since it seemed to be all about Semoy Hack-
ett.Please, Mr Voisin, for the record, tell the country what was
the thinking that guaranteed that we finish down the field
rather than be in medal contention, scuttling whatever
chance we had of maintaining our proud tradition in this
HAS THE PM NOT BEEN LISTENING? It's Your Write
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