No Cabinet reshuffle can save us
Here we go again with change, Caribbean style! I recall the number of captains we have introduced to the West Indies cricket team. In particular I reflect on how our own Lara was hounded out of the captaincy —all in the belief that if you change the captain, West Indies will return to its place of former glory.
Indeed, I cannot forget the many changes of minister of national security between the UNC and PNM regimes over time.
I am also reminded through introspection of the leadership mandate for all good leaders, “Go ye forth, inspire your team, and try to improve the culture, if you wish to bring about improvement!”
Against all of the above, therefore, I must declare that the recent bid of our Prime Minister to repair the gaping holes in our sinking ship is not the answer to saving us all from sure doom and death.
Clearly the answer is to place all on a new ship—one which can be represented only by a new ideology, a new culture, a new mindset and consciousness generated by a new Cabinet made up of a new breed of players, and a framework for converting citizens of Trinidad and Tobago into productive, caring, patriotic, creative, innovative, and critical people.
As I see it, the Minister of Communication has a key role to play in this transformation.
Attempts have to be made to set right the perceptions which prevail in the society on the allocation and distribution of resources along ethnic and religious lines.
Our people must be reassured that the new elitism which has now emerged will stop and not continue to stifle those who have had the misfortune not to have the right contacts or to be in the wrong party and ethnic group.
Yes! The approach to governance and treating with the masses must change.
Already there are some who are saying a new form of apartheid has descended on the nation—that true unity is absent from the nation; that once it is red or green, it must never see the light of day.
I have said it before and will say it now by way of conclusion: No Cabinet reshuffle can save us. We must instead focus on building a new political culture and a new way to living in Trinidad and Tobago. Our sights must be on the future of Trinidad and Tobago.
Already we have given our youth a perspective of illusion. They all feel life is easy; that all they have to do is work (get a job to collect money— not necessarily to produce) or commit crime, demand a high salary, and then live the good life.
No one is aware a nation can progress or even survive only by ensuring stability in society, breathing spirituality and intellectualism, and generating a progressive and buoyant economy.
Yes, Madam Prime Minister! The Black Stalin would say, “Come with it” and “Sing for the Land”.
Raymond S Hackett