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Seven murders in two days.
Madness! What is behind
this bloodletting? Have
we lost all sense of reason and
restraint? Who is doing this
killing and why are they still
walking around upright?
Where did this violence
come from? Who created the
gang culture? Who funded it?
Was it some egomaniac
politician s "private" army in
case he had to wage war on
It seems as if guns and
drugs were being allowed to
flow through this country like
salt, and now that holes are
being plugged, state contracts
taken away from gangsters and
territory reclaimed by law
enforcement, the deviant class
is fighting each other for
spoils. What can the protective
Zero tolerance on crime.
Keep pressing. Keep pushing. It
is working. This is horrendous.
These stats are mind-boggling.
Would an election solve the
problem? Of course not, as bad
as it is it was much worse
under the PNM, only we Trinis
have short memories.
Ignore the few shriekers from
Goodwood Park and Valsayn
who still nursing tabanca for
their own lost contracts, drug
and money laundering opera-
tions or prestige position when
the last government was in
Why weren t they shrieking
when the murder rate was 550
and climbing under Manning?
Because they had life nice?
"Bring the rain" is a slang
phrase used by members of the
United States military forces,
as another way to say unleash
hell. Does the government have
They have to say. Surely
there are weapons that can be
deployed. Constant road blocks
and police posts. Breathalysers
and stop and frisk.
Random shake downs of
blocks, neighbourhoods and
people regardless of race,
colour, creed or class. If you
do the crime, regardless of
who you are or your daddy is,
you do the time.
Will a state of emergency
help? You decide. The state oil
company is only now recover-
ing from 11 "sabotage" oil spills
designed to terrorise the popu-
lation and destabilise the gov-
We ve been here before. The
last time the Opposition was
this badly beaten and flounder-
ing there was an attempted
coup, preceded by much desta-
bilising and rancour.
So the anti-government
forces must act. They must
cause us to think that we have
problems by causing problems.
They don t care about fish or
fowl, you or me, if oil have to
spill to make the government
look bad, oil have to spill.
If people have to die to
frighten the public then people
have to die.
The government needs to
declare war on crime and
mean it. The 15,000 men and
women of our armed forces
need to bring the rain.
The criminal element must
be given no quarter. Enforce
every law on the statutes.
Go into bars and restaurants
and check their books against
their stocks to see who are
fronting money laundering
Install Customs and Excise
on every yacht club and pleas-
ure boat facility and search
every person who steps off a
Deploy the Coast Guard to
close the waterways and chan-
nels under their control.
Unstuff every container on the
port, open every box, open
We can fight this war and
we can win it. Zero tolerance
on crime of any sort. Zero tol-
erance on violent crime.
We have a Minister of
National Security trained in
He should be allowed to do
what he knows best. It is time
to push back.
It is time to break the backs
of the criminal class. It is time
to rip out the underworld and
abort their enterprises.
Request international assis-
tance. Bring in Scotland Yard,
the FBI and anyone else who
can make light work of the
heavy lifting of investigative
Unleash firepower on the hot
spots to suppress and restrain.
Time to rip this crime
scourge out by its entrails and
kill it dead.
Mr Minister of National
Security, bring the rain.
My attention was
drawn to a story,
complete with photo-
graph, which was pub-
lished in the London
Guardian on December
27, showing a group of
hunters on horseback, at-
tired in traditional fox-
hunting uniforms, with
dogs trailing on their way
to the Avon Vale Boxing
Day Fox hunt in Wiltshire,
May I remind your
readers that the UK Hunt-
ing Act of 2004 banned
the hunting of wild mam-
mals, foxes, deer, hares
and mink, with dogs. The
Act came into effect on
February 18, 2005.
The hunting of foxes
with dogs was banned in
Scotland by the Protec-
tion of Wild Mammals
(Scotland) Act of 2002.
Over the past few years the T&T Po-
lice Service has come in for a lot of
criticism present company included, but
when one thinks out the situations care-
fully, one also has to lay blame at an-
other public service department. This
time fingers should also be pointed at
the Custom and Excise.
For far too long we have heard of, read
of and seen many items being used that
are clearly against the law, but we turn a
blind eye and expect the police to correct
the situation. We have all seen the differ-
ent coloured bulbs being used in vehicle
headlights which have replaced the legal
white light headlight.
Quite recently we heard and read the
horror stories of the misuse of fireworks.
It is now time for questions to be di-
rected to the Comptroller of Customs
and a demand made for answers.
The police service is rightfully sup-
posed to enforce the laws but so too is
Customs and Excise. If this is the case
and Custom officers are working to the
law, then how is it that anyone can buy a
coloured headlight bulb in every motor
parts outlet or a box of fireworks at
nearly every corner in the country since
these items can or are supposed to only
enter the country with the approval of
Mr Comptroller of Customs, we await
a response from you.
After journeying from Curepe to Gulf
City and facing the traffic jam to ac-
tually get into the mall on Boxing Day, I
was appalled by the man in charge of the
store at which an item was bought.
My daughter bought her mother's
Christmas gift at this store on December
15. My wife wanted to exchange the
item not get a refund so we decided to
go down to the store the first day it
would be opened after Christmas.
One of the sales clerks said that she
could not do the transaction as seven
working days had passed since the pur-
chase was made.
She directed my daughter to the
Although my daughter explained to
him that it was a Christmas gift and that
was why she did not return it before, he
was adamant that the store's policy was
refund on or before seven working days
and so he would not entertain any ex-
Well, the least we could have done
was to put back all the other items that
we were about to purchase in addition to
the ones we wanted exchanged and walk
out the store. He will never see us there
NIPPY NOVA SCOTIA
TIME TO PUSH BACK ON CRIMINALS
A man clears a sidewalk in blizzard conditions in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, yesterday. The region is in the grip of unseasonably
cold temperatures with heavy snow and high winds. AP PHOTO
Customs must take blame too
December 23, 2013
showed that 80 per cent
of the population was in
favour of maintaining the
ban on hunting with dogs.
In most European
countries the use of dogs
in hunting has been pro-
hibited for many years; in
Germany since 1933.
Store's policy is poor customer service
Phillip Edward Alexander
Social & Political Activist
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