As she flew across the blue Caribbean Sea last week to and from St Lucia, I hope the Prime Minister spent some time in deep reflection on some of the decisions the Office of the Prime Minister has been presiding over, and the lasting effects of those decisions on Trinidad and Tobago.
If she did, I hope she started first with a broader view, a possible look at what some call "the march of the people" — a worldwide stirring of people, discarding their passivity in response to the heavy hand of top-down political leadership.
There seems to be "a global political awakening", former US national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski warned recently, because people are becoming in an "unprecedented degree more acutely conscious of social injustice".
In the Middle East, the people are asserting themselves through the "Arab Spring"; in parts of the US it continues through various protests and the "Occupy Movement". More significantly, electorates in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Finland, Denmark and Britain have spoken recently through the ballot box.
When her thoughts turned to the state of Trinbago, I hope that she would have given serious consideration to the values and the disappearing standards inherent in her Government's decisions and what, in essence, the PM is passing on to succeeding generations.
I hope that she would have given thought also to the growing public perception that the first consideration in her Government's decision-making is the "Midnight Cabinet's" interests, then the advancement of party devotees, followed by those of the wider clan — all done with little consideration for the national interests and posterity.
It will be easy for the Prime Minister to dismiss such perceptions as "just allegations" — as she has done in the case of National Security Minister Jack Warner — but in both instances she should be aware those allegations are sufficient to cause public discomfort.
In Mr Warner's case, within two weeks, there is already much disquiet. The word around is that Dwayne Gibbs is the Police Commissioner — but Mr Warner is the Police Commandante.
Without any consultation with the CoP, Mr Warner has determined that the 21st Century Policing Initiative under his "watch" has to go.
He first meets with the Police Social and Welfare Association in a despicable display of tactlessness and bad manners and later admits, "I made judgements without getting the facts. I now have the facts and I publicly apologise."
Madam PM, one can now expect an apology every Monday morning, because all of Mr Warner's decisions—rather — "missteps", are made "vaille-que-vaille".
Without reference to Cabinet, Warner "vapsed" that police officers will be allowed to take home cars and guns. Again without reference to Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, our Caricom partners' Caribbean history or international law, Mr Warner, in another "vaps", invited the US to patrol our sovereign waters.
We can still recall the antics of Dhanraj Singh, his inflated self-esteem, the grandiosity, the public recklessness, and very early many anticipated his fate, but there is still much debris hanging around from Singh's time in public office.
PM, in your first stroke, you have "mannersed" Mr Warner, removing the Prison Service from his portfolio. On reflection, I am sure that you have concluded that Mr Warner is a political liability, and your first censure is not stronger enough, because you, too, can anticipate the debris that will be left around long after his departure.
Unfortunately for Mr Warner, in his naïve craving for public honour, his overwhelming need to be liked by all, he will not even sense when a chalice has poison.
But the public naivety was not limited to Mr Warner last week. There was Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan, going public with a story, as genuine as a seven-dollar bill, against the Nursing Council.
Dr Khan first claimed that there were thousands of vacancies in the profession, caused by the Council's strict examinations.
Dr Khan was clearly not briefed. The Council responded that the examination was not national, but Caribbean-wide, and the 40 per cent failure rate the Minister claimed was in fact between two and six per cent.
The Minister went on disingenuously, claiming that no other professional body except nursing demanded an entrance examination — a claim undeserving of any response.
But most frightening in his assault was the claim of racism in the Council's decisions.
That, too, may be dismissed without response, except that the Minister may have been taking his cue from the PM's statement in the Equal Opportunities Commission matter involving Minister Devant Maharaj.
Now the larger question remains: Why has the Minister gone after the Nursing Council? Why not medical practitioners, whose president last month called for "a comprehensive investigation within the medical field"? And why not private nursing homes, to whom his Ministry outsources millions?
Up in the clouds, I hope the PM moved beyond ordinary consciousness, to her personal "inner room" questioning, "how will history record the Kamla Persad-Bissessar government?"
• Keith Subero, a former Express news editor, has since followed a
career in communication