Sunday, February 18, 2018

Our inferiority complex on show*

When Trinidad and Tobago became independent, all public servants fell under the umbrella of a service commission whose members were deemed to be independent of the politicians.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) was responsible for the recruitment and discipline in the Police Service, but the Prime Minister had veto powers over the appointment of the Commissioner of Police (CoP). This veto, not surprisingly, was irksome to the opposition leader, and former prime minister Patrick Manning attempted to placate the opposition by a very convoluted recruitment procedure which eventually required a vote in Parliament to appoint the CoP.


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