Things can only get better
The UNC-led Partnership Government will go down in local political history as the first ever “one size fits all” collection of ministers. Regardless of qualifications, regardless of sufficiency of expertise with any particular ministerial portfolio, once you can fit into your “political jersey” the job is yours.
The biggest challenge for this Government is crime. In fact, that is so for any government. Notwithstanding the fact that Senator Griffith has several years of work experience in a personal capacity and has already functioned as adviser to the Government with regard to crime-fighting, Griffith’s past levels of “quality advice” to the Partnership did not cut a significant hole in the troubling crime problem, yet he is brought out and dusted off as National Security Minister number four.
But yesterday was yesterday and today is today. We can only hope that coupled with his obvious willingness to serve, that he has recently had access to some new crime-fighting books.
It seems unlikely there is any reason to expect another shuffle of ministers before the general election in 2015.
The Prime Minister is to be commended for biting the political bullet and moving swiftly to staunch the bleeding political wounds of her Government. There is no patriotic Trinbagonian who will want or expect the Beetham unrest to replicate itself all over the country. Like Chaguanas West, the difficulties in Beetham are peculiar to Beetham.
Hoping for the best, against all odds, is part of the true blue national culture. The important thing is that Mrs Persad-Bissessar is trying. Politically, we have moved past “political chaos”. Things can only get better.