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And war broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon. The dragon
and his angels fought back, but
they were defeated, and there
was no longer any place for
them in heaven. (Rev. 12:7-8)
The preceding passage is
taken from on the readings for
the celebration of St Michael s
Day. Last weekend was St
Michael s weekend. This is so
because the Christian calendar
marks September 29 as the
Feast of St Michael and All
Angels and this term in educa-
tional circles, has been referred
to as Michaelmas Term.
A few considerations arise. If
war could break out in heaven,
then there is no place free from
the occurrence of war.
Did war break out in Trinidad
on St Michael s weekend?
Keep in mind that the major
parties launched their candidates
for the upcoming local govern-
ment elections on the weekend.
Certainly some shots were fired
and threats made, but war.....?
Observing St Michael s Day,
with the drama of war breaking
out in heaven, one might con-
clude that war broke out in
Trinidad on the election front.
In the midst of the outbreak,
we must note that even though
the dragon and his angels fought
back, they were defeated.
We are presented here with a
battle between good and evil, in
which evil was overthrown and
sent down to earth. The key
factor for us is, "Which side are
we fighting on?"
Michael and his angels fought
to defend God s purpose and
work against pretenders,
deceivers and mockers. It is also
the bounden duty of each and
every citizen to fight against
attacks on God s purpose and
will in this country. The Revela-
tion gives us hope because it
indicates that Michael and his
angels defeated the dragon and
his angels. In other words good
will overcome evil. It is my firm
But war broke out in this
country long before St Michael s
weekend and has been waged in
many forms. One form that
requires urgent attention is that
which tenders false documents
with little or no consequence.
Did our parents discipline us
in vain? Did Madame Seetahal
not indicate by her interpreta-
tion that such actions are
unlawful? What message is
being sent to the children?
What statement is being made
about our nation?
Come, Michael, with your
angels and help us to fight this
one and the election war that is
being waged with innuendos,
half-truths and ad hominem. In
fact, come and help us to fight
especially against the weakening
of institutions, procedure and
policy that will cause us to
remain in a conundrum.
My call is to all patriotic citi-
zens to close ranks and continue
to work for the triumph of good
over evil. May God bless our
I began viewing the debates leading
up to the local government elections
with a bit of a "ho hum" attitude, but I
must say I got part of my money's/time's
worth and won't be seeking a refund.
Why not? Well, a couple things piqued
my curiosity. The first was: "Why would
ILP choose such a hapless presenter?"
Even without a criminal record or an
errant wife/child mother, the gentleman
was a disaster. He could not remember
the moderator's name, calling him "Mis-
ter..." a couple times, kept bouncing
across the television screen, was often
incoherent and could not stay within the
Why was he chosen? Because he is a
perfect reincarnation of the ILP leader!
The candidate is full of ILP integrity.
Of course the debate brought out the
finest in our "box drain" politicians. I am
beginning to see that is the new meas-
ure of performance in this country: how
one measures "good governance" replac-
ing the commissioning of standpipes. I
guess Blue Waters knocked that side-
Not by health care standards, not by a
functioning education system, not by an
effective form of national policing. All
that is secondary to box drain and hav-
ing water delivered to your community,
thanks not to WASA, but rather the
Local Government Minister who seemed
finally able to button his coat. Water
and box drain? Meet Super Suruj!
Even MSJ got into the act indicating
that they too, though out of office, had
managed to get water into a community
in Carenage. Such is to be appreciated
but is that what it is all about? Or is
this their way of showing how much
they have become conventional politi-
cians, leaving the Workers Agenda
The PNM was the PNM. Poor fel-
lows! Everybody is busy stealing their
ideas. They have either done or pro-
posed it before. Must be tough to be
such a winner in Opposition!
One wonders what the next debate
will be like in this carefully sanitised,
sterile media environment which is
supposed to be a leap forward in our
evolving democracy; a sign of our politi-
A position to with which the COP
would readily agree. After all, this is
"representative democracy" and the
UNC/Daaga/TOPop would represent
them. Why are they griping? Ask the
Minister of Local Government for some
gripe water and stop being such babies.
I think it is a perfect scenario. All I
would change is the host. Errol Fabien
of the Gayelle variety, your country
At a meeting held at the Works
Conference Room in Scarborough, To-
bago on September 27 to discuss
"Improving Forests and Protected
Areas Management," a member of
the audience, quite out of context
with the meeting, asked, "So what
should the people do with all the wild
meat which they propose to serve at
the Blue Food Festival?"
In attendance was Mr William
Trim, the Assistant Conservator of
Forests, together with members of
his staff and game wardens. Also in
attendance were FAO representaives
and Forestry officials from Port-of-
In the past wild meat was served
at the Blue Food Festival, close sea-
son or no close season, and it was at-
tended by THA and senior
Now that government officials
have been alerted that it is proposed
to serve wildmeat at the Blue Food
Festival on Sunday, and this during
the moratorium, let us see whether
the game wardens assisted by the
police seize the wild meat, if it is
being served or sold, and to prosecute
the organisers of the fete.
Should the accused be found guilty
then a heavy penalty, not a slap on
the wrist as happened with the
poachers of scarlet ibis, should be im-
posed and the meat destroyed.
Otherwise, Mr Minister, let us for-
get about any moratorium and let us
hunt the game animals to extinc-
tion---"is we wildlife in Tobago."
ILP's hapless presenter
Wild meat at Blue Food Festival?
GOOD MUST TRIUMPH EVIL
IN THIS ELECTION WAR
Rev Claude Berkley
Bishop of T&T
Overgrown bush from an abandoned lot has made this section of the
pavement along Queen's Park East in Port-of-Spain almost impassable.
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
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