Saturday, January 20, 2018

Shrill whistles on a dark night*

Boxing Day night I sat in the dark, thinking about light. I could not use the word “reflecting” because the night was pitch black and I could not blame the Government entity in charge of electricity since, for once, it was not a sin of “Commission”—a word left as a colonial legacy to the people of Trinidad and Tobago which was retained and still used by successive governments.
In this country, there are commissions galore. The electricity provider is the T&T Electricity Commission and, like the other commissions, is known for its incompetence, ­inefficiency, low productivity and high wages. The judiciary, police and teachers have their own commissions. 

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