Go straight to the problem
When there is a problem we should get in the habit of addressing precisely what the problem is. Too often we seem to try to find ways to circumvent the problem or focus on symptoms rather than the cause.
An example of this approach can be seen with the Sea lots community and the walkover. For years I have been passing there wondering why those in authority do not meet with them and discuss a relocation plan which would not place the residents at a disadvantage. Of course there will be opposition and distrust, but if there is a genuine attempt to reach out, combined with an element of charity, I think it might be fruitful. This, to me, is the heart of the problem—that there is a settlement in an area which was never meant for urban dwelling. Adding infrastructure to approximate civilised living could never be a solution for that particular problem.
Another example of illogical problem solving can be found with the approach to crime and the police service. Clearly there is a management problem in the Police Service which extends to the judiciary, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Prisons Service and the Police Complaints Authority. Therefore, the solution lies with addressing that specific problem. Instead we embark on adventures advocating a parallel organisation, "The Flying Squad,'' and hanging as the solutions. Have we ever heard of a police officer being fired? I cannot recall ever hearing of this. We must be more focused and methodical if we are to address the challenges facing our small country.