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The UNC and the PNM are
like Siamese twins, insepa-
rable with both needing
the third force in order to
attain power; the UNC to join
with and the PNM to keep
them from doing so.
Their politics remain the
same and even as they try to
outdo each other in social serv-
ices, their attempts are the
same in dealing with crime,
education, health, traffic and
inflation, while allegations of
corruption are matched.
However, the PNM never
abandons their own. At the
lowest level those who fought
for them are never forgotten,
even in areas where they did
not triumph, and as they smell
a return to power one notices
their powerful wheelers and
dealers begin to circle once
The PNM has a philosophy of
cultivating their product and
their support never goes away.
Even in opposition they bide
their time as the government in
waiting, because of the brittle-
ness of the others whose own
supporters view them as being
insincere and of seeking their
own interest, intoxicated with
They have not taken care of
those who fought for them,
with the exception of those
who surround the leader and
It is to be noted that besides
electoral politics there seem to
be no forum in the UNC where
one may give or offer their
views and opinions and if your
own turns against you, others
have no reason to come to you.
Contractors and financiers have
no loyalty to any party and can
be seen at the side of any
political leader they can buy.
The COP was formed from
disgruntled UNC together with
floating voters and must not
fool themselves into thinking
they have a base. Likewise the
The MSJ will demand integri-
ty in local politics but can they
convince business that they are
Amark of our under-development as a people is the
way those in leadership roles can engage in behav-
iour unbecoming and not show an iota of remorse for
having done so.
The recent political campaign is replete with exam-
ples of such behaviour and it tells a story of character,
or more precisely, the lack of it.
I wonder if any of our politicians felt that sense of re-
morse out of behaviours in the campaign which violated
all sense of decency and self-respect. The evidence
points to the contrary for politicians violated their oath
of office, engaged in character assassination or in ob-
scenity of one kind or another, showed little mutual re-
spect, as if being accountable to the electorate for their
behaviours was the last thing on their minds.
And the latter is a terrible indictment on us as voting
public that we could be so indifferent to such disrespect
directed against us by those who seemed to have so lit-
tle self-respect for themselves.
It is as if the issue of the dignity of the person has
not yet impacted upon us as Third World peoples and
that we are still at that stage of under-development
where the "purse" as a metaphor of our base self--inter-
est or blind loyalty---the "trash" of which Shakespeare in
Othello---takes precedence over the "immediate jewel of
the soul" which is our "good name."
Dr Errol Benjamin
Iam asking the Commissioner of Police to please de-
clare the Las lomas police station a rest house.
Residents are often held to ransom by the loud, ob-
noxious noise emitting from a pool in the area. This is
an open area so the owners are supposed to seek a
noise variation permit from the EMA.
Last Sunday, October 27, there was loud music ema-
nating from this very facility.
I called the Las Lomas Police Station because my
baby was restless due to the loud noise. The officer who
answered the phone said he was not aware where this
pool, which is a public place, was.
I have to ask if there are any patrols, if so, why are
your officers so baffled about the area?
Additionally, this place would have to have a police
presence as there is a bar which would need a permit to
sell alcohol, but clearly this was not the case.
In the past this place has been shut down but by offi-
cers of the Central Division. So what is the purpose of
the Las Lomas police station? Is it a rest house?
Why is it that calls to the police results in no action?
Residents are often restless but your officers seem so
restful and asleep when you call.
And lastly, why is it that nothing is done to this illegal
party, could it be that Cunupia is considered too re-
I await answer from your communications unit, after
all citizens have a right to peace in their homes.
The T&T public is one who respects
transparency and accountability,
right? Yet the judgment made by the
High Court recently with regard to clear-
ing the way for State executives to be
put on trial, seems not to be grabbing
the population's attention to any signifi-
Perhaps it's all the noise from the po-
litical campaigning that seems to be dis-
tracting them. Noise especially from the
PNM camp, since they are now shivering
in their boots!
This judgment is a significant mile-
stone. I am elated that (former) state ex-
ecutives can now be called upon to
account for the alleged misuse of the
So, all those who came and played the
"eat ah food" politics, then left thinking
they were free to go, their "free passes"
have been confiscated. The implications
of this judgment cannot be understated.
It has taken us this long to get to this
point; I sincerely hope the Judiciary does
not drag its feet on these matters.
The public needs to have a clear un-
derstanding as to where all its money
went and the justification as to why.
I eagerly await the outcome of these
The recent ruling that removes the
four-year limitation on undertaking
legal proceedings against persons ac-
cused of wrongdoing against the State is
indeed an historic landmark ruling.
This would pave the way for us, the
citizens, to finally try to recoup through
the courts what was wrongfully taken
from us. Hopefully we would finally see
the accused paying for treating the pub-
lic purse as their personal bank accounts.
It is time enough for this action. The
country needs to experience closure
where this is concerned.
A crew from WASA maintenance department replaces a broken line on the
corner of Penitence and High Street, San Fernando, on Monday. PHOTO:
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
POLITICS OF UNC, PNM THE SAME
Campaigning misbehaviour an indictment on us all
Mr CoP, declare Las Lomas station a rest house
Public must know where the money went
Significant ruling in favour of the country
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