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As the New Year begins,
with all its opportunity to
make resolutions and set
targets, I encourage all law-
abiding citizens who genuinely
want to live in a safe and
healthy environment conducive
to positive development to col-
lectively determine the way for-
ward for 2014.
We would all accept that the
major national bugbear is crime
and that the need to put politics
aside in the fight against crime
is a no-brainer.
The time for gun talk is over.
And urging citizens to be
"careful not fearful," when the
detection rates for all serious
and violent crimes are low, does
nothing to boost the confidence
of the population that is literally
living in fear.
The past few years, under the
last regime and the current
administration, have done little
to seriously address the matters
of urgent, national importance
and to date there are still too
many glaring examples of cor-
ruption, nepotism and
favouritism in politics.
Whether we are in a better
place now or four years ago will
be a question on the minds of
the electorate as it gears up for
a general election constitutional-
ly due in May 2015.
This regime which entered
office with magnanimous sup-
port has obscenely squandered
most of the goodwill of the
population and after nearly four
years in government has shown
that we have still not gotten the
politics right or as I prefer to
express it---we are still in need
of the right politics.
There is no excuse for the
failure of this regime to deliver
on its promises of a crime-free
society and transparent and
accountable governance. Sup-
porters of the People s Partner-
ship (PP) who initially turned a
blind eye to the early wrongdo-
ings and questionable decisions
of the PP are presently disgust-
ed with the unapologetic flam-
boyance of this administration
which is best described as "over
The super-sized arrogance of
some of the ministers is
matched only by their respective
girth and they must be grateful
that Hugo Boss, Armani, Prada
and Calvin Klein suits are avail-
able in all sizes.
To know that many of these
individuals could not afford lux-
ury brands in any items before
taking office and were once
quite content to live simple
lifestyles is indicative that power
certainly corrupts. And some of
these individuals are not only
"Keeping up with the Kardashi-
ans" but are "Living the lives of
Should they continue to flaunt
their opulence, they will pay the
ultimate political price unless
the nation is happy for those
who have moved from pauper to
prince in record time whilst
playing "most foully for it."
I remember the days when
allegations were spreading like
wildfire about the extravagance
of former PNM ministers who
were then "living the life" and
were said to be the recipients of
bribes and ill-gotten gain. Their
sudden wealth, in the absence
of explanations such as rich rel-
atives bequeathing them sub-
stantial inheritances or their
luck in the lottery, could only be
explained by their involvement
in illicit activity.
It was that kind of corruption
which made these people seem
untouchable that led to the pas-
sage of legislation to ensure
integrity in public life.
And after several years of the
implementation of these laws
and the recognition that we still
have crooks falling through the
cracks, it is obvious that much
more has to be done in terms of
giving the independent organisa-
tions mandated to monitor the
activities of those who are in
public life, the increased powers
and resources to unearth those
who consider themselves above
There must be no mincing of
words in 2014 when dealing
with the atrocities of people
who continue to believe that
they can fool the population
with their "white lies" and pol-
ished propaganda. Things have
become so bad that it is difficult
to determine when some minis-
ters are speaking the truth.
From the building of highways
to the cleaning-up of oil spills,
it appears that the population is
never told the whole story and
that we are far from hearing the
truth, the whole truth and
nothing but the truth.
If the country is forced to
continue on a ride which is tak-
ing us up and down slippery
slopes of deception at unstop-
pable speeds, then our future is
But this is the New Year and
it is not too late to stop the
decay that has set in to the core
of our society. This must be a
time when we call on our lead-
Rogue cops to be fired
Damned if you don't and damned if you do there will always be those
critical of any National Security Minister. Let's just wait and see what
comes out of this before we start condemning him. At least give him
and "A" for effort.
So correct. Let the Minister of National Security reach out to the
police professionals to see what strategies can be used in T&T. The
NYPD seems to have their crime situation under control. Let's have a
conversation with them to see what we can adopt. 2014 should be a
year of workable solutions.
The TrinBago Guy
If you fire rogue cops it will have less than half of those now working.
We will be forceless.
That would only be temporary. The first order of business is a rigid
initial interview and a thorough background check of all incoming
recruits. Pay officers well, but demand high performance. To he who
much is given, much is also expected. Kick losers out with all deliberate
But if drug lords giving higher salary then police will...
Roget: Treat residents with respect
Comical---people protesting about fumes but walking about the oil spill
easy, easy with no masks or safety equipment, like the fumes only in
Pastor slain in Arima
They start already. These little criminals do not even take a day off.
Very sad for a family working to improve their community to be cut
down like this. Anyone not convinced the devil busy in T&T needs to
have his head examined.
Another newspaper reported the neighbours speculating the thieves
were laying in wait for them to come home, possibly motivated by a big
gold chain worn by the son. It disgusts me though that people value any
amount of money/gold over a person's life.
Bunji, SuperBlue biggest stars for 2013
Well done! Another feather in the cap of the Lyons Den. Now Faye and
Terri take the baton and blaze the trail in the 2014 leg.
A penguin looks at a keeper's clipboard during a stocktake at London Zoo,
yesterday. Home to more than 850 different species, London zookeepers
welcomed in the New Year armed with clipboards as they made a note of
every single animal. The compulsory annual count is required as part of ZSL
London Zoo's zoo license, and every creature, from the tiny leaf cutter ants
to the huge silverback gorilla is duly noted. AP PHOTO
ers to display the qual-
ities of honesty, fair-
ness and compassion.
We want those in
authority to go over the
top when it comes to
transparency in their
conduct of affairs of
the State. If we contin-
ue to accept pathetic
excuses and ridiculous
explanations for non-
performance in critical
aspects of governance,
then we will fare no
better this year than in
those that have gone
This is my last arti-
cle as a columnist for
the Guardian. I thank
all those who read my
contributions over the
years and provided
feedback and support.
May God bless all of
us in 2014 and ahead.
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