Saturday, December 16, 2017

Issues piling up with no end in sight


Mark Fraser

 It is often said that Trinidadians have a nine-day attention span, that something captures us, we react, but move on quickly. It is inferred that we don’t have the capa­­ci­ty to see something through to its logical end. 

I however see things a bit differently; I think an unbelievable amount of nonsense is being thrown at us on such a regular basis that we cannot take the time to really deal with any one issue properly, and further, I think there may be a deliberate 

ploy by our leaders to not address issues 

in a serious way. 

This has been so for such a long while and over time only seems to have gotten worse. Can we truly say that scandals such as Tesoro, the Caroni Racing Com­plex, Mount Hope Medical Complex and others have been really addressed? 

Moving to modern times, it is overwhelming; look at the number of things we have had to deal with in the past few weeks, from the unsolved murder of Dana Seetahal to yet further examples of many millions of our funds being funnelled to persons with criminal backgrounds. 

We have had the foreign-exchange shortage, not because the money isn’t there but because the new distribution system has failed; the continued uncertainty around CLICO, the Government has taken over from the former principals in destroying what was once a superior brand and business. Look at how many similar situations with financial institutions were dealt with in other places in the world, why must we make it so difficult here? 

We have to deal with an escalating crime situation; police killings that require investigation; poorly written legislation; helicopters, drones and armoured vehicles; changing national security colours that only leave us wondering what has changed besides the colour; and the 

Section 34 legacy and whose fault it was, but still no resolution. 

Continued “emailgate” issues, videos of

vice and two-pull, share sales and board dismissals, closed offices and mass marches, incomplete procurement legislation and

little but noise on campaign finance reform.

The list just goes on and on, and now, we have a dangerous element of naked race-baiting being introduced into our politics—by who, we are not yet sure. 

The sad part is that while all this is going on, key areas are being neglected, especially when it comes to our economic development. We are still waiting on an immigration bill, for example. At this rate, we are in no danger of becoming a developed country any time soon. 

M Walcott

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