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Mouth open, tory jump out,
and when you living in glass
houses don t pelt stone.
These two time-honoured
maxims adequately describe the
latest salvo in the acrimonious
break-up between Jack Warner
and the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-
led People s Partnership admin-
The split was concretised with
the launching of the Independ-
ent Liberal Party formed by
Warner, who has joined those in
opposition to the PP coalition.
One of the main weapons in
his fight with the PP is to
aggressively accuse some of the
main players in the regime, his
former cabinet colleagues, of
being corrupt and went a step
further by saying during the
current budget debate that the
PP was the most corrupt gov-
ernment ever to walk the corri-
dors of power in T&T.
Apart from threats to sue the
former Fifa head honcho, the PP
has been treating rather non-
chalantly the accusations lev-
elled by Warner until the
debate, when housing minister
Dr Roodal Moonilal fired back
with accusations of his own
against his political opponent.
In attempting to give Warner
some of his own medicine, Dr
Moonilal said Warner family
members benefited handsomely
under the PP government and
went on to describe some of
According to a daily newspa-
per Moonilal told the legislature:
"The member for Chaguanas
West comes, you cannot trust
them, and everybody is friend
"Mr Speaker, the very first
Cepep contract given out by this
government was for the sister of
the member for Chaguanas
"And the second was for the
next sister of Chaguanas West,"
on the prompting of Prime
Moonilal spoke of a matter
involving an out-of-court $1.1
million settlement at the Air-
ports Authority when Mr Warn-
er was the line minister.
The Housing Minister, who
said the PP was fed up of the
corruption charges being made
by Warner, added that he had
some eight matters he could
raise with respect to Warner,
and he would do so each time
the former minister raises cor-
ruption allegations against the
PP cabinet members.
Now the country can expect
to be regaled every week with
the bussing of marks by both
government ministers and their
former PP minister, and given
our penchant for bacchanal,
much more dirt will be dished
out, real or concocted, under
the guise of parliamentary privi-
lege or what have you.
But seriously, while the nation
is in the throes of a serious
crime explosion, is it fair to citi-
zens, who are expecting our
political leaders to be more judi-
cious in the exercising of their
mandate and to give the country
the kind of governance we need,
especially at this time?
What does the sexual orienta-
tion of a former PNM woman
minister have to do with peo-
ple s inability to access services
they expect to be provided by
How would that salacious tit-
bit, emanating from a public
meeting which is carried live by
the electronic media, provide us
with good governance, which
some of the PP s detractors are
claiming is in short supply from
the current political directorate?
While this unproductive and
useless soap opera is being
played out by hardback men
and women who want to stay in
office and those who want to
kick them out by hook or by
crook, the country is screaming
to be relieved of social and eco-
nomic issues now rather than
If some parliamentarians are
convinced that their colleagues
from whatever side they are on,
are involved in corrupt activities
then take the matter to the
police where that properly
belongs, instead of playing to
the public gallery, which only
serves to feed the voracious
appetite for rumours of some of
our fellow citizens, for those so
For the life of me I cannot
understand why even at this
time of great need any politi-
cian, government or otherwise,
should seek to play naked poli-
tics. Why can t we take the high
road in the interest of national
cohesion in times of crisis?
PLAYING TO THE GALLERY
WHILE COUNTRY SUFFERS
PM on decriminalising use of ganja: More research needed
The decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana is an excellent idea. The
process in which we make this law work in Trinidad and Tobago needs to be
thoroughly discussed and analysed.
Given my limited knowledge on the topic, I would like to ask how many deaths were
caused by marijuana users on the roads and how man deaths were caused by
alcohol users on the roads? If most of the road deaths are a result of drivers who
were drunk from alcohol, how come we are not discussing alcohol consumption? I
would agree that a lot of research has to go into the decision-making process but
given our situation in T&T, a alcoholic is more a risk to our society than a guy
smoking a stick of weed a few times a week.
The fact is that the use of marijuana leads not only to social harm, but more
seriously, medical harm. It is well established that marijuana use is a serious
contributing factor to the onset of schizophrenia.
I agree with you but the marijuana smoking habit causes more harm to the user
than to the society. While the alcoholics cause the society more harm when they kill
people on the roads.
Mixed views on abolishing trials by jury
The CJ was probably addressing the horrendous backlog of cases pending. In places
where the "judge only" thing is in force, the accused has the right to agree or to
reject the judge.
It was in the UK news yesterday. Some small cases go to jury but cases that
highlight complexity in law not necessarily the money value, but the complexity and
precedence, are required go to central criminal courts. Several small or common
crimes are in crown courts or magistrate courts (no juries), not central criminal
courts with juries.
Metres away from the office of the San Fernando City Corporation on Harris
Promenade, San Fernando, bad roads cause traffic on a daily basis. Drivers
and pedestrians frequently complain about the inconvenience.
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