Captain ‘Kangaroo’ Griffith
The proposed and anticipated “shuffle” seems like a distant past, and has been replaced by several other distractions, amongst them St Joseph’s MP Herbert Volney and the budget.
We all recognise that shuffling a deck of jokers cannot, in any way, produce anything less...
Like many in this land of the nine-day wonder, I too am amazed at the incomprehensible being bandied around as governance. The “axe-the-tax” posse is suddenly silent as the proverbial church mouse. And of course there is CAL, who will lose its fuel subsidy, yet have decided to maintain current tickets cost and turn a profit. Makes one wonder about their books from their inception and how they managed to lose money then. And then there’s the icing on the cake, Mr Gary Griffith, the new head honcho at the Ministry of National Security, who came in threatening criminals.
One cannot help but wonder what does Griffith bring to the table aside from the “gun talk” and two bars. In case he missed it while being adviser to the PM, and occupying a seat at the National Security Council, the gun talk and threats to criminals have been exhausted. It was used by John Sandy, James Philbert, Trevor Paul, Jack Warner and Richardson, to no end.
It is evident that the view of criminals being emboldened has eluded Mr Griffith. This is a foregone conclusion in light of the most recent decapitation, taking place under the watchful eyes of close-circuit cameras. Are these the people Griffith is seeking to intimidate? In an interview on Morning Edition he said he has an “open-door policy”, encouraging people to bring him information. And then what will happen to that information, Mr Griffith? Will you go out and investigate matters yourself?
Of a population of 1.3 million, it is a sad day indeed when the most qualified person to handle the crime phenomenon is someone who finds it necessary to retain the title of “captain” after years of serving in the regiment. If memory serves me right, Brian Lara and Dwight Yorke were also captains, and by mere definition, should be more suitably qualified. Then again, my sense of humour reminds me that “Kangaroo” was also a captain.
Rudy Chato Paul, Sr