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Is it not a marvellous thing that a
man of such substance, having
served in such lofty capacities,
can now confess how wrong he was
in attributing blame for the declara-
tion of the now infamous piece of
legislation to one who would have
always claimed innocence on the
Is such a confession not laudable,
considering the passion and convic-
tion that attended the original
accusation, and would it not be a
travesty if the biblical tenet that
"the meek shall inherit the earth"
does not apply to this act of humil-
ity with the confessor being
rewarded with a piece of this island
Earth in some form or fashion?
And who says this will not be the
case from all the rumours circulat-
ing? Never mind that the mystique
will always remain of how such a
"fine mind" could apportion blame
to the undeserving.
One understands how malice
begets malice, that if one would
have partnered with others in
wrong-doing, but was singled out
for persecution, that his reaction
can be as vindictive as above, but a
little thought would have made him
aware of the lofty purpose he was
serving, being the sacrificial lamb in
the national interest, protecting his
superiors who would otherwise have
Not forgetting, of course, the vin-
dication the aggrieved must now
feel over this confession, and corre-
spondingly, that sense of guilt that
the body politic must now be expe-
riencing for apportioning guilt to
It s their fault though, for are they
not aware of the synonymity
between a politician and a liar? But
to return to the aggrieved, if even
the latter was less than effusive in
accepting an apology from his
accuser at the public confession,
considering the trauma he must
have experienced for being so mis-
represented, should he not now feel
elated over the boost his flagging
image and credibility will now
experience as a result of this public
All s well that ends well, consid-
ering that the accuser himself
stands to benefit from this kiss and
make-up with either an ambassado-
rial posting or use of his services,
Dr Errol Benjamin
Ido not need to remind anyone that our
country is facing perilous times. The
murder of our sister, Dana, and the inabil-
ity and/or unwillingness of the Govern-
ment and its agencies to respond
effectively to the threats posed to each
of us on a daily basis, is ample proof of
This has most recently been aggra-
vated by the apparent collusion of cer-
tain elements in the police service with
the murderers themselves in allegedly
putting out a "hit" on investigative jour-
nalist, Mark Bassant, who was investi-
gating her death.
In mourning for my sister, Dana, and
for the state of our country, I joined the
march of concerned citizens yesterday to
express my disgust at the level to which
our country has sunk.
I wore black as it is an apolitical colour;
it identifies with the traditional colour of
our profession and as a sign of mourning
for our country.
cannot always rely on our professional
organisation to respond promptly to our
needs. I, therefore, urge you to stand up
for decency, integrity and good gover-
nance in our country. If not for Dana, for
ourselves---if it can happen to Dana it can
happen to you or me!
The low turnout at the People's
National Movement internal
elections held last Sunday (in my
estimation) was as a direct result of
the "eat ah food" politics existing in
When it comes down to being
seen by the ruling Partnership gov-
ernment as a definite PNMite, cra-
paud smoke your pipe. The threat of
a job-loss in these hard financial
times is enough to keep those with
dependants to feed---wife, children
and aged parents---inside their
doors on Sunday. The one-parent
households would not want to play
dice with political danger.
I would imagine that those peo-
ple who are on government con-
tracts (month-to-month contracted
workers) who had the most to fear,
did not want to tempt fate as they
would never be sure where the
news media would be to take pic-
tures of them while waiting to cast
This fear factor syndrome is now
endemic (it is alleged that PP
bosses keep an eye out on those
who are seemingly ungrateful) and
many government employees,
happy to "eat ah food" are holding
their breaths and waiting to exhale
at the upcoming general elections in
The politics of fear of victimisa-
tion has been chipping away at the
good name of the Partnership gov-
ernment for the past four years.
Large tranches of the daily and
weekly paid workers who dared not
show their faces on May 18 will be
out to vote in the attempt to get
them out of office
In the meantime eat politically
well and live long.
Iwas elated to see a group of peo-
ple protesting the firing of an
AIDS expert from UWI because a
"gay" activist group objected to his
publishing the results of his re-
search finding that homosexual
men were the majority victims of
HIV AIDS. It is time that someone
stood up for straight people.
Now don't get me wrong, I have
homosexual friends and believe
that they should not be discrimi-
nated against and should definitely
have the same rights as everyone
else, man or woman.
But not more.
While I am on this topic, I was
wondering what happened to the
Censors Board which used to scru-
tinise the movies that were shown
in local cinemas.
They can't still be in existence as
now it seems that anything goes.
My issue is with a show called
The Modern Family which pro-
motes homosexuality for the young
and impressionable to view.
Can't this show be aired at a
later time or is the "gay" influence
so strong that they are now calling
the shots in T&T also?
I hope to see some supportive
comments. I know I will get plenty
of the other.
MEA CULPA TO BE REWARDED
WITH AMBASSADORIAL POSTING?
There is a filthy, clogged drain, located just across the
road from the new Marabella Market.
This drain has not been cleaned for years and a re-
cent failed attempt to do so by one of the many busi-
nesses in the area has only resulted in piles of putrid,
black silt on the roadway, which will no doubt be
washed back into the drain with the first rains.
The local authority has made no attempt to rectify
the problem, despite repeated complaints.
Gays don't have more rights than straight people
PC Anthony Mondesir gets his blood pressure tested by NWRHA's Natasha Armstrong during the Police
Service's' health fair at the Police Academy in St James, Port-of-Spain, last Saturday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Stand up for decency, integrity, good governance
Drain clogged for years
This man carries a length of wood along Chancery Lane, San Fernando,
Thursday. He had passersby questioning where he could have been going.
Working on his new home, maybe. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Fear factor played role in PNM vote
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