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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Amazing Warner role as anti-corruption crusader

Everywhere else labelled as disgraced, former international football executive Jack Warner has retained a powerhouse image in Trinidad and Tobago where, on occasion, he even acted as prime minister. That was then: it was a measure of the political clout that he once wielded as a ranking People’s Partnership Cabinet Minister. In the House of Representatives, his seat was tellingly positioned at the immediate right of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Read More »

Toll beyond the poll

It’s a tie. That’s the Sunday Express headline that certainly caught the attention of voters across the country. It’s no surprise that the PM maintains her “popularity”, but the key data is the 34 per cent of potential voters who do not commit to either the PNM or People’s Partnership Read More »

Cari-comedown

Rickey Singh, our quintessential Caribbean commentator, wrote in the Barbados Nation of September 12 that “(t)he Government of Antigua and Barbuda seems to have unintentionally committed an unpalatable wrong against the entire Caribbean community. A wrong that that should speedily be corrected with an appropriate explanation for the benefit of the citizens of our 15-member regional integration movement.” Read More »

Budget 2015: A perspective

A budget is an important tool in any sphere of activity. It allows for articulation, prioritisation, and coordination of policy. Voting money for ministries, departments and projects, signals the direction and the alignment with development objectives, priorities or imperatives. By its very nature, it is also a numerical exercise that should give us some insight into what has been achieved by expenditures past in relation to the implementation plan. Read More »

Never again this tragedy

While the investigation continues to determine the cause of the fire that claimed the life of five-year-old Kimberly Williams, we hope this family will find support in its time of loss and need. In particular, her 14-year-old brother, Gavin, who managed to escape, would need all the support he could get. Losing his sister in this way is a trauma beyond the experience of most of us. Read More »

Seeing through the spin

Politicians are giving the practice of public relations a bad name, Roy Mitchell suggested in last Friday’s Express. One of the reasons, Mitchell, a respected elder and PR authority, advanced was the confusion created in attempts to distinguish between PR and its disreputable cousin, propaganda. Read More »

From Holyrood to Scarborough

I must confess that I spent most of last week avidly following all the news I could get on the Scottish referendum. I had been following the campaign waged by the two sides for a few months, but as the months turned to weeks and the weeks wound down to the last few days I found myself totally fascinated by it all. Read More »

Las Alturas probe a welcome move

On September 12, Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley squandered the best opportunity he had to hold the Government to account and instead found himself struggling in political quicksand. In his rebuttal of the budget he didn’t present any compelling arguments against the fiscal measures and instead of advancing new ideas, he pledged that a PNM government would take the country to pre-2010 days of Rapid Rail, Revenue Agency Read More »

Finance and force foolosophy

So much ranking stupidness is revealed in our Republic nearly every day that many topics escape the attention of my weekly column. Read More »

Manning’s Bequest To Rowley

Like many, I was taken by complete surprise to see photographs of Messrs Rowley and Manning greeting each other warmly at a party function, exchanging words of mutual endearment. Read More »

Las Alturas: T&T parable for our times

Nobody was looking down below as floor piled on hopeful floor, giving rise to promising apartment homes, at the hillside Morvant location graced with the title, Las Alturas. Down below, however, the land was shifting. Read More »

Betrayal, Personal and Political

Hunger strikes are curious things. There is nothing logical about them. Where human instinct suggests living to fight another day, the hunger striker selects the option of dying to fight another day. Read More »

No mistake, pure mischief

When, last Monday, Chief State Solicitor (CSS) Christophe Grant distanced himself from a very political letter that was purportedly penned by him, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) hastily issued a statement saying that some official there had made a mistake by attributing the authorship to Grant. Read More »

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