Commentaries

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Commentaries

Enough about that PCA leak

The Attorney General and the Director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) need to end their public row over the leaking of the PCA report into the Mervyn Cordner-led “Flying Squad” and allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to pronounce on whether his work has in any way been compromised by unauthorised release of the report. Read More »

A maverick journalist

Recently I wrote about MM Philip, Henry Alcazar, and Edgar Maresse-Smith, three “coloured” lawyers active in Trinidad’s public life between about 1860 and 1920. My subject today is Philip Rostant, who also played a significant part in the political movements of the 1880s and 1890s. Read More »

PNM elections: to hell in a hand basket?

In a series of articles earlier this month, I signalled that there were glaring organisational weaknesses in the PNM which were not being addressed. I questioned the need for internal elections at this time and I demonstrated the leadership’s failure to reorient the party to prepare for the challenges ahead. Rather than address the message everyone wanted to kill the messenger, complaining that I was only causing “trouble”. It pains me to make these observations, especially since I was among those who helped to make Dr Keith Rowley the political leader, but they must be made if we want to preserve the democratic principles and the party. Read More »

Striving for integrity

There have been equally significant developments in our public education and communication portfolio which has launched the Do Right Champions Annual Contest for primary and secondary schools. The Commission has established ongoing links with teachers through its symposiums on the role of the teacher in instilling integrity, hosted discussions with university students and opened up significant avenues of communication with our younger population. Read More »

Procurement test for the Govt

The Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration’s handling of procurement legislation will be the litmus test of how committed the ruling coalition is to eradicating corruption and cronyism. Read More »

The DR’s racist politics

FOR all the outcry, the Dominican Republic (DR), which is seeking to join the Caribbean Community, seems bent on perpetuating anti-black racism, particularly in relation to its citizens of Haitian descent. At least 240,000 of these people have been rendered stateless by a ruling of its constitutional court last September. Read More »

Too much power

AS every day brings the general election closer, we must be prepared for the inevitability of sameness no matter who wins. After all the frenzied and emotional support for one party or the other, after all the hype and hoopla of campaigning, as always, one person will walk away with all the power. We will then sit and wait for deliverance from yet another incarnation of the colonial governor. And when he/she fails, our ageing bewilderment will return. Read More »

Striving for integrity

FOLLOWING is the first part of the text of Integrity Commission chairman Ken Gordon’s address at the Corporate Governance Seminar at the Ministry of Finance and the Economy on April 14. Read More »

Heading off pending labour unrest crisis

The curtain is evidently being raised on a season of heightened labour militancy. Media reports tell of industrial relations unrest in the government service, and in related State-owned operations and enterprises. Read More »

Another emergency case

Upon the application of the Prime Minister’s emergency room procedures two ministers were gone in days. But it does not appear that bombshell allegations of wrongdoing within the State’s engine rooms of justice have reached the political ER. In the words of the AG on the alleged leaking of the flying squad reports, this could be treason and subversion of the State. Read More »

Rebranding ourselves

Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago have been described as “a warm and friendly people who know how to enjoy life as evidenced by the festive celebration of Carnival”. Read More »

US: region’s friend or unintentional foe?

In what has to rate as one of the most insensitive and outrageous demands on a Caribbean country, US government representatives have told The Bahamas government that it must drop “all duties” on US products entering the country as a condition of being admitted to membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Read More »

Brazen behaviour

There’s not much point in National Security Minister Gary Griffith saying it is illegal to disrupt public meetings if the very law he quotes is not being enforced. Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams must explain to the country why his officers stood by and allowed the prolonged disruption of a meeting organised by political activist Barrington Thomas at Himalaya Club last Thursday night. Read More »

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